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The most beautiful beaches in Provence

The most beautiful beaches in Provence

Hidden in a quiet cove or tucked away just steps from the city, Provence's beaches are every bit as lovely as those of any exotic destination. Focus on these stretches of soft sand and azure water, where you can while away the hours by the sea.
07-07-2016 22:27:00
Provence captured in 3 beautiful sunsets

Provence captured in 3 beautiful sunsets

With its lavender fields, azure sea and picturesque villages, Provence has some fabulous landscapes. Postcard views become even more amazing at sunset, calling visitors back again and again.
01-07-2016 21:22:00
The most beautiful terraces in Provence

The most beautiful terraces in Provence

Brimming with flowers or deep in shade, at the water's edge or perched on a mountaintop, terraces are among the best spots to be in summer. L'Occitane reveals the top places in Provence to while away a sunny afternoon.
07-06-2016 11:44:00
5 good reasons to visit Marseilles

5 good reasons to visit Marseilles

The newest on-trend destination, Marseilles has become a must-see. Let's take a look at the many faces of the lively city of Marseilles!
02-05-2016 12:12:00
Meadowsweet, an emblem of flawless beauty

Meadowsweet, an emblem of flawless beauty

Meadowsweet's little white flowers have unique illuminating properties. Let's take a closer look at this mysterious ingredient, synonymous with beauty and purity, which has a prominent place among the sensory range of L'Occitane products.
28-03-2016 16:37:00
A romantic trip to Aix-en-Provence

A romantic trip to Aix-en-Provence

Fancy a romantic get-away for Valentine's Day? A city renowned for its art and culture, Aix-en-Provence could well be the perfect destination for a unique break with your partner. With pretty little streets, bustling restaurants and cosy hotels, it has all the ingredients you need for a wonderful weekend away.
09-02-2016 10:48:00
Cherry blossom, a sweetly feminine symbol

Cherry blossom, a sweetly feminine symbol

The cherry tree is a typical element of the Provençal landscape, especially at the heart of the Lubéron orchards, and it undergoes a subtle transformation as the seasons change. In spring, it is adorned with immaculate and delicate flowers, evoking a feminine sensuality admired by L'Occitane.
19-01-2016 10:40:00
Our selection of the most beautiful abbeys in Provence

Our selection of the most beautiful abbeys in Provence

Provence has a rich heritage and is full of sublime abbeys reflecting a picturesque past. So many architectural masterpieces to appreciate through cultural visits surrounded by shady gardens and striking monuments.
16-11-2015 14:22:00
Honey, A Precious Floral Nectar

Honey, A Precious Floral Nectar

Recognized since ancient times as a substance of extraordinary powers, honey is more than ever at the heart of our beauty treatments, like L’Occitane’s new Shea Butter & Honey collection. Rich in sugars and vitamins, this delicate nectar from flowers provide endless softness and vitality to the most sensitive skins.
18-09-2015 14:49:00
Face to Face with Wild Animals on the Côte d’Azur

Face to Face with Wild Animals on the Côte d’Azur

From Alpha Park to the Pelagos Marine Sanctuary, the Alpes-Maritimes region is full of protected natural areas that are among the most beautiful in Europe. Increasingly popular, these wild animal observation sites make for a memorable ecotourism odyssey, between land and sea.
20-08-2015 18:14:00
Discovering Cassis & its Coves

Discovering Cassis & its Coves

Located at the intersection of dramatic cliffs and rocky coves, the small fishing village of Cassis has become, over the years, a famed port. Its bewitching atmosphere, so typical of the region, irresistibly attracts lovers of the Mediterranean lifestyle.
20-07-2015 14:39:00
Our Pick of the Running Tracks of Provence

Our Pick of the Running Tracks of Provence

One of the most accessible sports, and so good for your health, running is attracting more and more fans. For simple jogging or competitive training, discover some of the best routes to take during your next running session under the Provence sun.
23-06-2015 15:13:00
The Most Beautiful Beaches of Corsica

The Most Beautiful Beaches of Corsica

Between its crystalline sea, wild native scrubland and imperious mountains, Corsica truly deserves its nickname of Isle of Beauty. This island paradise with tropical appeal offers travelers some of the most beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean.
17-06-2015 13:32:00
Isabelle Brémond, Provence in her Blood

Isabelle Brémond, Provence in her Blood

General Manager of the Bouches-du-Rhône Tourist Board, Isabelle Brémond is first and foremost passionate about the region where she grew up. With generosity, she shares her story, achievements and aspirations for this rich territory that she continues to appreciate day after day.
15-06-2015 13:11:00
Rose, The Queen of Flowers

Rose, The Queen of Flowers

Throughout history, the rose has always conquered as much with its delicate scent as its legendary beauty. The undisputed muse of artists, the absolute emblem of love, and the leading scent for perfume makers, the one known as the “queen of flowers" enchants each and every one of us with its many virtues.
09-06-2015 12:42:00
When Nature becomes Art at the Domaine du Rayol

When Nature becomes Art at the Domaine du Rayol

Nestled at the foot of the Massif des Maures mountain range, the Domaine du Rayol Mediterranean garden is preparing to welcome, for this second edition, artists of different sensibilities to its land art festival. It’s a unique cultural event where nature and creativity combine in a raw state.
01-06-2015 18:51:00
Escapade by the Sea on the Var Coast

Escapade by the Sea on the Var Coast

Running along the Saint-Tropez peninsula, an ancient coastal path provides walkers with beautiful strolls between land and sea. Prized for the diversity of its landscapes, this track is surrounded by sublime landscapes in the heart of protected wilderness.
20-05-2015 14:25:00
The citron, The Perfectly Flawed Fruit

The citron, The Perfectly Flawed Fruit

Within the citrus family, the citron, or cédrat in French, is not everybody’s favorite. With its rough skin and marked sourness, this ancestor to the lemon nevertheless demonstrates remarkable aromatic, culinary and cosmetic properties.
08-05-2015 14:17:00
Get Ready for Summer with our 3 Beauty Essentials

Get Ready for Summer with our 3 Beauty Essentials

The return of spring heralds a change in your beauty routine. Between essential rituals and practical advice, L'Occitane give you some tips to adopt immediately if you want to make the transition smoothly, and approach the summer in style!
01-05-2015 13:42:00
Our Selection of the Most Beautiful Gardens of Provence

Our Selection of the Most Beautiful Gardens of Provence

Romantic and wild, exotic or classic, Provence is overflowing with idyllic gardens. So many havens combining poetry and serenity, to discover or rediscover for Mother's Day, during a trip marked by memories and mysteries.
16-04-2015 15:24:00
Almond, The Sweet Elixir of Provence

Almond, The Sweet Elixir of Provence

Sweet and bountiful, the almond has many qualities. A beauty treatment or gourmet ingredient, this wonderful nut is at the service of wellbeing in all its forms.
06-03-2015 18:16:00
Jean-Luc Rivière, The Peony Farmer

Jean-Luc Rivière, The Peony Farmer

Jean-Luc Rivière is the sixth generation to run his renowned peony farm. Established in the town of Crest, the farm is not just an example of expert agriculture, it’s a great family story.
23-02-2015 18:02:00
Truffle Hunting at Mount Ventoux

Truffle Hunting at Mount Ventoux

Provence’s legendary summit, Mount Ventoux is a privileged place to visit in any season. At the time of the truffle harvest, this land of flavors attracts many visitors, determined to find the famous ‘black diamond.’
16-02-2015 16:52:00
Immortelle, The Flower of A Thousand Benefits

Immortelle, The Flower of A Thousand Benefits

Native to Corsica, the fascinating Immortelle flower never fades, even once picked. This mysterious power is among the multiple qualities of this "golden sun," today recognized for its powerful properties.
12-02-2015 17:16:00
Four Ski Resorts with Views of the Mediterranean

Four Ski Resorts with Views of the Mediterranean

A major summer destination, the French Riviera is famous above all for its beaches. But discover the snowy side of the Riviera, which offers miles of ski trails in the winter.
11-12-2014 17:28:00
Discovering the Narreyroux Valley

Discovering the Narreyroux Valley

Calling all lovers of the great outdoors. The Narreyroux Valley is a little corner of paradise in the heart of Provence, and a perfect destination for hikers.
26-11-2014 18:58:00
Provencal Landscapes in Fall

Provencal Landscapes in Fall

Without a doubt, autumn in Provence is magical. The leaves change to orange and yellow and the landscape is adorned with the warm colors typical of the change of season.
04-11-2014 15:02:00
Provencal Landscapes in Fall

Provencal Landscapes in Fall

Without a doubt, autumn in Provence is magical. The leaves change to orange and yellow and the landscape is adorned with the warm colors typical of the change of season.
04-11-2014 15:02:00
Mushroom Hunting in the Névache Valley

Mushroom Hunting in the Névache Valley

Fall is the perfect season for picking mushrooms, and especially ceps. If you’re close to the Hautes-Alpes department of Provence, put on a pair of boots and pick up a wicker basket: the Névache Valley is waiting, for an unforgettable walk through the forest.
03-11-2014 11:41:00
The Jardin des Cordeliers: A Voyage of Discovery

The Jardin des Cordeliers: A Voyage of Discovery

Nestled in the heart of the town of Digne-les-Bains in the Alps of Haute-Provence, the Cordeliers botanical garden makes for an exotic change of scenery and is a true piece of paradise to visit alone, with friends or family.
26-09-2014 08:01:00
It’s Still Summer in Provence!

It’s Still Summer in Provence!

Sun ever present, temperatures around 30 degrees, loads of cultural events... In Provence, summer is here to stay! The proof here in our selection of five key events.
08-09-2014 12:33:00
The Three Most Beautiful Villages of Corsica

The Three Most Beautiful Villages of Corsica

You’re planning to visit Corsica, but are afraid of missing out on the most idyllic spots? North or south of the “Isle of Beauty,” here is a selection of Corsica’s three most beautiful villages.
27-08-2014 10:02:00
Heading to the Scandola Nature Reserve

Heading to the Scandola Nature Reserve

A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983, the Scandola Nature Reserve is one of the idyllic places of Corsica. Created in 1975 on the Scandola peninsula, it provides a very exotic setting. Here’s a panorama of the place.
25-08-2014 12:32:00
The Most Beautiful Beaches of the French Riviera

The Most Beautiful Beaches of the French Riviera

Synonymous with paradise, the French Riviera is full of beautiful beaches to explore alone or with family. Sand, pebbles, rocks... There's something for everyone! Here’s a panorama of the five most beautiful beaches in the region.
23-08-2014 17:39:00
Escape to the Lérins Islands

Escape to the Lérins Islands

Facing the Bay of Cannes, just a few minutes away by boat, the Lérins Islands offer a complete change of scenery. Wild fauna and flora, a turquoise sea... Here, nature dons its most beautiful finery!
21-08-2014 10:10:00
A Walk in the Heart of the Alpilles

A Walk in the Heart of the Alpilles

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence to Eygalières via Les Baux-de-Provence and Maussane, the Alpilles region offers a magnificent panorama over Provence.
17-08-2014 10:12:00
A Walk Through the Heart of the Camargue!

A Walk Through the Heart of the Camargue!

Beautiful, fantastic, amazing and exotic, the Camargue is a little corner of paradise. Near Arles in the Bouches-du-Rhône department, it offers visitors beautiful landscapes of protected nature.
09-08-2014 11:32:00
Valsaintes: The Rose Path is Now Open

Valsaintes: The Rose Path is Now Open

Entirely devoted to roses and labeled a "Remarkable Garden" by the Ministry of Culture, the Valsaintes Abbey garden thinks big with the inauguration of its Rose Path.
04-08-2014 18:42:00
A Wander Through the Markets of Provence

A Wander Through the Markets of Provence

A genuine invitation to explore the gastronomy of Provence, Provencal markets have spanned the centuries and today remain as timeless as ever. Traditional and ancestral, they are a real place of exchange and generosity where tourists and locals alike enjoy coming to discover the abundant local produce.
02-08-2014 12:45:00
Marseille Aboard a Local Fishing Boat

Marseille Aboard a Local Fishing Boat

Advice to tourists visiting Marseille. Venture on board a “pointu,” a traditional local fishing boat, and discover the city’s emblematic sites. The harbor, the old town, monuments... visit every nook and cranny and enjoy a unique and breathtaking panorama.
27-07-2014 10:34:00
An Idea for an Outing in Provence: Dive into the World of L'Occitane

An Idea for an Outing in Provence: Dive into the World of L'Occitane

Want to get up off your beach towel and discover Provence as you've never seen it before? Take a detour via Manosque and visit the L'Occitane factory for a fragrant trip to the heart of Southern France that will also seduce you with products for sale at bargain prices. We promise, you won’t be disappointed!
11-07-2014 18:20:00
The Ephrussi Gardens: An Enchanting Setting

The Ephrussi Gardens: An Enchanting Setting

Nature fans take note! Surrounding the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, the Ephrussi Gardens cover over seven hectares in an idyllic setting, and are one of the world’s must-see places. The site is definitely worth going out of your way for.
28-06-2014 09:18:00
Eze: The Charming Village That Crowns the Côte d’Azur!

Eze: The Charming Village That Crowns the Côte d’Azur!

Eze is one of the gems of Côte d'Azur. Perched 429 meters above sea level and next to the town of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, this small town offers visitors a variety of landscapes.
20-06-2014 18:17:00
Exploring Marseille Aboard a Local Fishing Boat

Exploring Marseille Aboard a Local Fishing Boat

Known as the “Phocean City,” Marseille has many lovely surprises in store for visitors. To enjoy the beautiful weather and explore the hidden treasures of the city, jump aboard a local fishing boat known as a “pointu” for a very tempting program!
18-06-2014 15:59:00
Exhibition « Secrets of the Rosa Centifolia »

Exhibition « Secrets of the Rosa Centifolia »

Get out your diaries! The Rosa Centifolia, the ultimate scented flower, is on display until 5 July at L’Occitane en Provence Museum located in Manosque. Discover the true story of this sublimely Provencal flower.
10-06-2014 10:33:00
A Bucolic Wander in the Tinctorial Plant Conservatory Garden

A Bucolic Wander in the Tinctorial Plant Conservatory Garden

Located on the terraces surrounding the Château de Lauris, the Tinctorial Plant Conservatory enjoys a beautiful setting and features 250 species of dye plants. Let’s visit.
07-06-2014 09:11:00
Research Advances on Protecting Lavender!

Research Advances on Protecting Lavender!

Threatened by leafhoppers, lavender is experimenting with new forms of combat against these small insects responsible for its decline.
05-06-2014 10:12:00
The National Mediterranean Botanical Conservatory of Porquerolles

The National Mediterranean Botanical Conservatory of Porquerolles

Created in 1979, the National Mediterranean Botanical Conservatory of Porquerolles aims to preserve the biodiversity in the Mediterranean area and its many endangered plant species. A mission that it has been pursuing for over 30 years.
30-05-2014 16:01:00
Exploring the Gardens of the International Perfume Museum

Exploring the Gardens of the International Perfume Museum

Built in 2007, the gardens of the International Perfume Museum (MIP) in Grasse invite you on a unique sensory experience. Centifolia rose, tuberose, and jasmine welcome you to the world of perfume.
23-05-2014 15:16:00
The Bouches-du-Rhône Department: A Cultural Treasure Seen From Above

The Bouches-du-Rhône Department: A Cultural Treasure Seen From Above

Not sure where to go on vacation this year? The Bouches-du-Rhône department in the South of France is full of magical places conducive to rest and tranquility! From Marseille to Les Baux-de-Provence passing through the Camargue, here’s our panorama of destinations that should not be missed.
16-05-2014 09:11:00
A Chinese Artist Auctions a Jar of Air of Provence!

A Chinese Artist Auctions a Jar of Air of Provence!

Incredible! To protest against the air pollution in his country, a Chinese artist took advantage of his time in France to take home a jar of air of Provence that he then auctioned for the modest sum of 610 Euros.
15-05-2014 14:40:00
The Glory of the Provencal Scrubland

The Glory of the Provencal Scrubland

Red soil, white stones and low vegetation illuminated by the sun of Provence... This fragrant scrub, the “garrigue,” is as beautiful as it is fragrant. A magical setting that blends harmoniously with the divine smell of juniper, thyme, rosemary and hot stones. Come with us to the heart of this inspiring landscape.
10-05-2014 11:49:00
Caroline Solvay & Alexander Hollan on show at the Olive Tree EcoMuseum in Volx

Caroline Solvay & Alexander Hollan on show at the Olive Tree EcoMuseum in Volx

The Olive Tree EcoMuseum in Volx is home, until November 4, to a new and special exhibition dedicated to the works of Carole Solvay and Alexandre Hollan, two talented artists both passionate about nature. Don’t miss it!
07-05-2014 09:11:00
The Five Most Beautiful Views of the Mediterranean!

The Five Most Beautiful Views of the Mediterranean!

A cobalt blue, sun-drenched, idyllic paradise, the Mediterranean seduces by a natural beauty conducive to relaxation and idleness. Check our panorama of its five most beautiful views!
04-05-2014 16:03:00
A Visit to Michel Vacherot’s Orchid Farm

A Visit to Michel Vacherot’s Orchid Farm

Located in Roquebrune-sur-Argens in the Var department, the Michel Vacherot orchid farm invites amateurs like professionals to discover thousands of different varieties of orchids, grown with the help of an in-vitro germination laboratory. This unique know-how has been passed down from generation to generation since 1886!
01-05-2014 09:08:00
Bouches-du-Rhône: A Holiday between Land & Sea!

Bouches-du-Rhône: A Holiday between Land & Sea!

Summer is fast approaching! So, what if you took the time to organize your vacation now? Between land and sea, the Bouches-du-Rhône department in the south of France is the ideal destination for a holiday combining relaxation, nature, sport, but also recreation.
25-04-2014 14:59:00
Orange Blossom: An Ode to The Sweet Life of Provence

Orange Blossom: An Ode to The Sweet Life of Provence

Orange flower, also known as Neroli, is a symbol of purity and fertility and is an essential part of life in Provence. A subtle and delicate evocation of La Dolce Vita Provençal, its fresh and voluptuous fragrance is used by the most important perfumers.
10-04-2014 12:23:00
Orchids & Neroli: White & Feminine Flowers

Orchids & Neroli: White & Feminine Flowers

Precious and much sought after, Orchid and Neroli have a hint of extreme refinement, and are also both precious symbols of femininity. These are just two reasons to unite them in a new fragrance.
09-04-2014 12:15:00
Mother’s Day Flowers with Victoire Gerez

Mother’s Day Flowers with Victoire Gerez

Looking for a Mother’s Day gift? Victoire Gerez, a talented florist based for the last two years in Aix-en-Provence, gives us the idea of a pretty bouquet of flowers, and lets us in on some trade secrets. It’s an ideal Mother’s Day gift, a symbol of love and tenderness.
01-04-2014 14:12:00
Five Books to Read about Provence

Five Books to Read about Provence

Renowned for its beauty and the diversity of its landscapes as well as its delicious cuisine – both tasty and sun-filled - Provence inspires and fascinates many authors, both French or foreign. Note to avid readers: here’s our selection of the five best books on Provence.
29-03-2014 18:04:00
The Exotic Ambiance of the Serre de la Madone Garden

The Exotic Ambiance of the Serre de la Madone Garden

Located in the heart of Menton, a town in southeast France with the lemon as its symbol, the Serre de la Madone garden is renowned for its rich variety of plants. Now listed as a historic monument and completely restored, this magical place is a must-see.
20-03-2014 17:02:00
Discover the Bouches-du-Rhône on a Vespa!

Discover the Bouches-du-Rhône on a Vespa!

Aix-en-Provence, Alpilles or Les Baux de Provence: the Bouches-du-Rhône department offers its visitors plenty for a memorable stay! Discover the most beautiful sights while riding a Vespa and live a unique and breathtaking experience... Here’s our panorama of the places not to miss.
19-03-2014 09:10:00
Almond Trees Return to Provence

Almond Trees Return to Provence

If almond trees have always grown in Provence, since the 1930s their cultivation has been decreasing, to the point of disappearing, in favor of wheat and lavender. But since 2002, thanks to a project led by the Jaubert brothers on the Valensole Plateau and with support from L'OCCITANE, the fruit tree can begin to hope for a brighter future.
18-03-2014 14:36:00
Picking Roses in Provence

Picking Roses in Provence

In Roumoules on the Valensole Plateau, Emmanuelle Ravel cultivates roses, and not just any rose! Centifolia, the variety so well known to perfumers, is her rose of choice. With the help of her flower pickers, she harvests this wonderful scented flower in June. We joined them.
09-03-2014 12:27:00
Puyricard Almonds Prepare to Bloom

Puyricard Almonds Prepare to Bloom

Belonging to the Rosaceae family, the almond is a fruit tree with many virtues. Adapted to a mild and sunny climate, it’s in Puyricard, in the Bouches-du-Rhône region, that it is preparing to host its first flowers of the season...
04-03-2014 09:15:00
A Ramble Through Land & Sea in Balagne

A Ramble Through Land & Sea in Balagne

A region in Upper Corsica, Balagne is a pearl. Between its mountains, the intoxicating scent of the local scrubland and extraordinary beaches on the coast, it’s a little piece of Corsica to discover without delay!
20-02-2014 11:30:00
What Happens to Lavender in Winter?

What Happens to Lavender in Winter?

Nicknamed “Blue Gold” because of its color, lavender has been growing naturally in Provence for 2,000 years. Fragrant, covered in flowers and ubiquitous throughout Provence landscapes during the summer, it also adapts perfectly to the winter, a period during which it patiently waits for the next period of summer flowering...
10-02-2014 13:08:00
Provence For Lovers

Provence For Lovers

Provence has many lovely surprises in store for lovers! Between discovering the wild landscapes, the white sandy beaches or countryside walks, it is full of magical and romantic places to explore.
07-02-2014 11:25:00
A Walk In the Heart of the Cherry Blossoms

A Walk In the Heart of the Cherry Blossoms

Not far from the village of Venasque, a few kilometers from Pernes-les-Fontaines and L’Isle sur la Sorgue, we took a walk through the heart of the cherry orchards. It’s a wonderful experience to enjoy in Provence in April.
03-02-2014 14:13:00
Ten Years Already For The Immortelle Flower Planting Program

Ten Years Already For The Immortelle Flower Planting Program

Established by L'Occitane in 2004 in accordance with organic farming principles, the Immortelle flower planting program in Corsica celebrates its tenth anniversary this year! An authentic journey today rewarded with a jury prize from Business Awards for the Environment in favor of biodiversity.
31-01-2014 18:50:00
The Bouches-du-Rhône: Discovering Marseille & the Camargue

The Bouches-du-Rhône: Discovering Marseille & the Camargue

Walks, cultural tours, historical and religious monuments, beautiful scenery... The Bouches-du-Rhône department is full of idyllic places to visit. From Marseille to La Camargue, let’s zoom in on the area’s landmarks!
28-01-2014 17:13:00
A Winter Walk in the En-Vau Cove

A Winter Walk in the En-Vau Cove

The renowned En-Vau cove, or calanque, near Cassis, offers a unique and breathtaking view over the landscape of Marseille. Overlooking the sea and surrounded by cliffs, it enjoys an idyllic setting. Let’s take a look.
27-01-2014 15:22:00
All the Charm of the Luberon in Menerbes

All the Charm of the Luberon in Menerbes

Sitting at the top of the Calavon valley and voted one of “most beautiful villages in France,” Menerbes has a unique location at 240 meters of altitude. Nestled in the heart of the vineyards of the Luberon, it offers visitors a characteristic and appealing Provencal program.
26-01-2014 08:49:00
Uzès: The Charm of Provence in Action

Uzès: The Charm of Provence in Action

Located in the Gard department, near Languedoc-Roussillon, the town of Uzès enjoys an exceptional setting. Rich in its architectural heritage and its mild southern climate, every year it attracts many tourists who are won over by the charm of Provence.
08-01-2014 12:48:00
The Southern Alps : Where Ski Resorts Boast Sun & Snow !

The Southern Alps : Where Ski Resorts Boast Sun & Snow !

With no less than 65 stations enjoying a unique location between the sea and the mountains, the Southern Alps are the ideal destination for your winter holidays. Here, snow and sun are certainly waiting for you! There’s something to satisfy everyone, experienced skiers and beginners alike.
06-01-2014 15:30:00
Provence in the Snow

Provence in the Snow

When Provence dons its winter coat, something magical and exceptional comes little by little to settle over the landscape. The leaves have completely fallen from the trees, temperatures have dropped and the mild weather gradually gives way to the first snowflakes, to the delight of locals.
03-01-2014 13:10:00
Discovering the Bouches-du-Rhône Region

Discovering the Bouches-du-Rhône Region

Heritage, scenic beauty, cultural events… there are so many things to do in Marseille, Arles and Saint-Rémy de Provence. Here’s a small overview of just some of the region’s assets.
26-12-2013 17:10:00
The Mistral Provence’s Half-Demon, Half-Angel Wind

The Mistral Provence’s Half-Demon, Half-Angel Wind

Who has never heard of the Mistral wind of Provence, with its many advantages and disadvantages? Half-angel, half-demon, it is at times appreciated, at times maligned...
21-12-2013 18:49:00
The Lautaret Garden: an Invitation to the Alps

The Lautaret Garden: an Invitation to the Alps

The Lautaret Garden is located in an idyllic setting; the botanical marvel is nestled in the Alps, at 2100 meters of altitude. This verdant oasis is home to rare plant species and delights researchers and hikers alike...
01-12-2013 09:20:00
A Floral Christmas by Victoire Gerez

A Floral Christmas by Victoire Gerez

At just 24, Victoire Gerez runs her own florist shop. In her image, this little green oasis is full of character and taste, and is just starting to take on the colors of Christmas. Here, the talented florist gives us a few tips for a Christmas bouquet.
03-11-2013 09:00:00
Provence Style : A Vespa Getaway between the Alpilles and the Sainte-Victoire mountain

Provence Style : A Vespa Getaway between the Alpilles and the Sainte-Victoire mountain

And if you explored Provence differently? Hop on your Vespa and head for the sunlit roads between the Alpilles and the Mont Sainte-Victoire. Here we go !
18-10-2013 16:49:00
The La Barben Zoo : a Wild Getaway in the Heart of Provence

The La Barben Zoo : a Wild Getaway in the Heart of Provence

A few kilometers from the village of Salon de Provence, the La Barben Zoo provides a real change of scenery. Mammals, reptiles and birds delight visitors in this wildlife park committed to nature.
11-10-2013 19:00:00
Grape Harvest Time in the Sunny Vineyards of Aix-en-Provence...

Grape Harvest Time in the Sunny Vineyards of Aix-en-Provence...

As the autumn settles over Provence, let’s look back on the grape harvest, which just took place in the Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence winemaking region. Now that the grapes have abandoned the vines, the 501 wine producers of this designation get down to work, preparing their next delicious vintages.
08-10-2013 21:00:00
The Golden Mimosa, A Tree that Flowers in the Middle of Winter

The Golden Mimosa, A Tree that Flowers in the Middle of Winter

Each winter, around the month of February, the same ritual takes place. The inhabitants of Cannes, Grasse and Bormes les Mimosas come together for a very special walk. A promenade in the warm shadows of the Golden Mimosa tree…
08-10-2013 18:02:00
When Provence Puts on its Autumn Dress

When Provence Puts on its Autumn Dress

After the high-season turmoil of the summer, Provence rediscovers a little calm in the autumn. Losing neither its beauty nor its charm, it dresses in tones of orange and yellow, which warm up the landscape with the advent of the first misty mornings…
01-10-2013 16:20:00
Lavender, a Natural Heritage to Protect, L'OCCITANE is committed...

Lavender, a Natural Heritage to Protect, L'OCCITANE is committed...

Provence cannot be dissociated from lavender, which dresses with its blue-violet tones the hills and mountains of the region. It’s a precious natural, cultural and economic gem that could well disappear. L'OCCITANE is committed to its preservation. Here’s why.
10-09-2013 16:30:00
The Sainte-Baume Forest : a Mystical & Shady Corner of Provence

The Sainte-Baume Forest : a Mystical & Shady Corner of Provence

Not far from the sea, and halfway between the two regions the Bouches-du-Rhône and the Var, the Sainte-Baume forest is one of the most popular shady spots in Provence, but also one of its most mystical, according to certain legends…
01-09-2013 09:00:00
La Louve Garden in Bonnieux : designer Greenery

La Louve Garden in Bonnieux : designer Greenery

Created in 1986 by Nicole de Vésian, a designer for Hermès, the La Louve Garden in Bonnieux in the Vaucluse region is one of the most beautiful private green spaces in all of France. Over 1,600m2, Provençale vegetation and minerals unite in a feast for the eyes.
29-08-2013 12:00:00
Porquerolles : the Jewel in the Crown of the Golden Islands

Porquerolles : the Jewel in the Crown of the Golden Islands

A few minutes by boat from the Giens Peninsula is Porquerolles, the most famous of Hyères’ Golden Islands. Combining idyllic beaches, a turquoise sea and a wild landscape, it’s a raw and precious gem of Provence.
27-08-2013 08:00:00
Pink Flamingos Emblems of the Camargue Landscape

Pink Flamingos Emblems of the Camargue Landscape

For some years now, in the heart of the Étang de Fangassier lagoon in Salin-de-Giraud, near Arles, pink flamingos have taken up residence and found an equilibrium there. Their breeding site, the only one in France, is protected but nevertheless is under threat. Everything possible is being done so that this wading bird stays in the Camargue.
22-08-2013 09:00:00
In the Heart of the Camargue Salt Harvest

In the Heart of the Camargue Salt Harvest

The salt harvest takes place at the end of summer within the 10,000-hectare Aigues-Mortes salt marshes. Camargue sea salt is collected there by ‘sauniers,’ the local salt workers and heirs of a long tradition.
21-08-2013 17:00:00
Five Essential Oils: A Repairing Complex

Five Essential Oils: A Repairing Complex

Extracts of plants by distillation, essential oils are known for being genuine concentrations of nature’s benefits. In Provence, the essential oils obtained present soothing, stimulating and refreshing benefits. Let’s discover the five plants contained in L’Occitane’s Aromachologie Repairing Shampoo: Angelica, Lavender, Sweet Orange, Ylang-Ylang and Geranium.
12-08-2013 16:33:00
From Cassis to La Ciotat, The Route of the Ridges

From Cassis to La Ciotat, The Route of the Ridges

A genuine alternative itinerary for lovers of sweeping panoramas, of freedom and vertigo, the Route of the Ridges (La Route des Crêtes) is well known to the inhabitants of Cassis to La Ciotat. Starting from Cassis, by car, a few minutes suffice to take you to the summit of the limestone cliffs plunging steeply into the little harbor, 300 meters below… In the distance, the landscape stretches from Marseille to La Ciotat, providing the majestic sight of the mountains, the cliffs and the Mediterranean islands.
15-07-2013 14:52:00
Hyères A Perfect Family Destination

Hyères A Perfect Family Destination

With its 40 kilometers of coastline, Hyères is one of the favorite destinations in the Var for tourists traveling together as a family. Young and old alike enjoy the various picture-postcard landscapes of this city, with its famous palm trees, but also the many cultural sites to visit.
03-07-2013 15:57:00
Le Mas du Naoc A Guesthouse in Cabris

Le Mas du Naoc A Guesthouse in Cabris

A few kilometers from Grasse, this guesthouse with its panoramic view over the bay of Cannes is an ode to life on the Côte d’Azur. A serene and secret address…
26-06-2013 14:23:00
Perfumed Siestas

Perfumed Siestas

From July 1 to August 31, Grasse invites you to the third edition of the Siestes Parfumées festival. The concept? Make the most of a relaxing experience in an exceptional setting. With, as a bonus, an olfactive universe to discover.
15-06-2013 13:43:00
The Iris of Provence, une beautiful story

The Iris of Provence, une beautiful story

In Provence, an elegant flower with white, yellow and purple petals dots gardens in May. The iris, with its majestic bearing and its powerful colors, handsomely heralds the spring. In Hyères, the Anffoso family has been cultivating it for over two generations.
29-05-2013 14:22:00
The Verdon Gorge, Nature in its Purest Form

The Verdon Gorge, Nature in its Purest Form

Oh, the Verdon Gorge! A unique experience to try in a kayak or a canoe. A visit to the heart of the gorge is a return to nature that will delight young and old alike. Come with us on our Provençale adventure!
23-05-2013 17:58:00
Why Grasse is the World Capital of Perfume

Why Grasse is the World Capital of Perfume

The town of Grasse, in the Cannes hinterland, is famous throughout the world for its perfume. Jasmine, roses, mimosa are just as many marvelous ingredients at the heart of the French perfume tradition. The International Perfume Museum in Grasse preserves this heritage via a collection as moving as it is surprising. Let’s visit!
15-04-2013 18:38:00
A Walk in Provence with Christophe Delahaye

A Walk in Provence with Christophe Delahaye

Around the village of Lurs, this mountain guide takes you on moving and authentic hikes, and this with humor and passion for an unforgettable souvenir.
07-04-2013 17:40:00
A walk amongst the almond trees

A walk amongst the almond trees

It’s in the midst of winter that Provençale almond trees come to life… Buds discreetly appear from the end of February with their pink hearts edged with pale green, allowing the first flower petals to break through. Nature awakens slowly but surely.
26-03-2013 11:58:00
Auron, ski in the Mercantour Valley

Auron, ski in the Mercantour Valley

At only one and a half hours from Nice and at 1,600 meters of altitude in the Mercantour Valley is the Auron ski station, a favorite weekend and winter holiday destinations for Riviera residents, and a family friendly and sunny station.
05-03-2013 10:37:00
A walk in Citronneraie Mazet in Menton

A walk in Citronneraie Mazet in Menton

Discover our private visit of the Mazet Citronneraie in Menton, with the elegant François Mazet. A magical place for a golden fruit, the lemon. With the amazing Jean Cocteau Museum, here is another reason to visit Menton!
28-02-2013 19:15:00
Saint-Saturnin les Apt, a cherry tree orchard

Saint-Saturnin les Apt, a cherry tree orchard

Just an hour away from Aix-en-Provence, the village of Saint-Saturnin-Lès-Apt is a favorite spot for those who love Provence and the Luberon. In the springtime, the area surrounding the village is adorned in white, thanks to fields of cherry trees. It’s a sight to behold !
06-02-2013 10:17:00
The Vallon des Auffes A Special Port in Marseille

The Vallon des Auffes A Special Port in Marseille

Come, we invite you to discover the Vallon des Auffes in Marseille, a charmingly old-fashioned little fishing port. You will fall in love with its picture postcard setting and its renowned restaurants.
27-12-2012 15:23:00
The Cedar Forest, An Enchanted Forest?

The Cedar Forest, An Enchanted Forest?

Above the hilltop village of Bonnieux, cedars dot the rounded summit of the Luberon Mountain. Under these long thin bluish spears is hidden a secret world.
15-10-2012 13:02:00
Bandol,  A Provençale Village between Sky and Sea

Bandol, A Provençale Village between Sky and Sea

Despite its high number of tourists, this little corner of paradise in the Var region has managed to maintain its authenticity. Nestled between the hills and the Mediterranean, Bandol combines unites coastal beauty and rich inland regions.
06-10-2012 18:40:00
Antiquing in L'Isle sur Sorgue

Antiquing in L'Isle sur Sorgue

The second destination for French antique dealers after Saint-Ouen, L’Isle is a sure bet for vintage addicts. It’s also a city worth discovering, with its canals and charming little alleyways. Let’s visit !
01-10-2012 18:25:00
The Verdon Triathlon, an eco-friendly event

The Verdon Triathlon, an eco-friendly event

This association created by enthusiasts in 2000 participates closely in the organization of the Verdon Triathlon that takes place next October 6 and 7. Grégory Catus, President and Founder of the Association Athl'éthique, explains how this event is eco-friendly.
30-09-2012 08:00:00
The Salagon Gardens in Haute Provence

The Salagon Gardens in Haute Provence

Multiple and luxuriant, an exceptional place, enchanting and restful near Forcalquier.
05-09-2012 09:56:00
Sainte-Marguerite, The Island of Legends

Sainte-Marguerite, The Island of Legends

Facing the bay of Cannes, the Lérins Islands have over the centuries inspired many legends based on historical fact or wild rumor.
02-09-2012 12:00:00
The Secret of Provence Ochres

The Secret of Provence Ochres

In the Luberon, red earth comes and adorns the landscape. And around the village of Roussillon, which prettily parades the color, the ochres give up all their secrets. Let’s go visit !
30-07-2012 12:40:00
The Abbey of Valsaintes and its Garden of a Thousand Provençale Perfumes

The Abbey of Valsaintes and its Garden of a Thousand Provençale Perfumes

The Abbey of Valsaintes perches at 600 meters of altitude in Simiane-le-Rotonde, between Carpentras and Digne-les-Bains. Inhabited by monks until the French Revolution, today the place has become a not-to-be-missed tourist destination in Provence, notably because of its garden rich with a vast rose garden and a 300-hundred-year-old oak tree.
12-07-2012 15:25:00
Verbena, The Sacred Herb

Verbena, The Sacred Herb

Heralding sunny days, refreshing swims and summer evenings, lemon verbena exhales its delicate lemony fragrance : the promise of an invigorating midsummer voyage.
03-07-2012 16:25:00
The Flower Market in Aix-en-Provence

The Flower Market in Aix-en-Provence

Three times a week, the plaza in front of the Hôtel de Ville in Aix is adorned with flowers. The people of Aix make a point of not missing out on this pleasure.
27-06-2012 10:10:00
Water is back in the fountain of Revest-des-Brousses

Water is back in the fountain of Revest-des-Brousses

A few weeks ago, a genuine event took place in the village Revest-des-Brousses, a little community of 250 habitants…
20-06-2012 11:35:00
Cade: A Versatile Tree

Cade: A Versatile Tree

Very common in the Provençale scrubland, Cade is a tree belonging to the Juniper family from which an oil is extracted that, due to its healing properties, is highly valued in cosmetics. An extremely hard wood, it is the enemy of chainsaws, and its sweet berry is appreciated in the kitchen…
04-06-2012 11:14:00
Gold for the Immortelle

Gold for the Immortelle

Last May 22, the L’Occitane Immortelle garden presented at the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show, a distinguished event in the UK, won the highly sought-after gold medal.
31-05-2012 10:21:00
The Fountains of Provence

The Fountains of Provence

The true heart of Provence villages, fountains are everywhere in the south of France. Landmarks, sources of water and coolness, but also meeting places, today they are preserved and restored like monuments.
24-05-2012 12:13:00
Pernes-les-Fontaines, Pearl of the Vaucluse

Pernes-les-Fontaines, Pearl of the Vaucluse

This city of 10,000 inhabitants is now officially one of the “most beautiful trips in France.” Between the villages Fontaine de Vaucluse and L’Isle-sur-Sorgue, this little town conceals many treasures, including forty public fountains. More than just a side trip, it’s a destination !
11-05-2012 09:42:00
Angelica, The Elegant Lady of Provence

Angelica, The Elegant Lady of Provence

Angelica... Just its name is a promise of wonderful moments. This plant, to which magical properties are attributed, is today present in your beauty products, and assures deep moisturizing and vitality, perfect to start the spring, which promises to be glorious !
29-03-2012 13:55:00
The Reed-Cutters of Camargue

The Reed-Cutters of Camargue

In Camargue, the men who cut the reeds in the marshes are known as the “sagneurs”. A gorgeous book dedicated to them has just been released.
27-03-2012 10:25:00
Almond, the Bride of Provence

Almond, the Bride of Provence

It’s hard to miss the almond tree, with it’s precocious – almost rash – blossoming in February and March, which heralds the spring at last… The tree is covered with a white robe and prepares to deliver a thousand benefits to our skin !
02-03-2012 07:00:00
Jasmine, A Love Story

Jasmine, A Love Story

Delicate and precious, white in summer, yellow in winter, with a star or corolla shape, the plant rich with 200 species has adapted according to its continent and climate; all the better to intoxicate us!
06-02-2012 08:30:00
The Olive Harvest in Volx

The Olive Harvest in Volx

At the end of each year in Provence, the olives are harvested to produce the nectar of the Mediterranean. Olivier Chertier, olive oil producer, welcomes us to his mill in the Luberon for the harvest.
23-01-2012 09:00:00
The Shea Adventure

The Shea Adventure

All the ingredients used in L'OCCITANE products have a special relationship to nature, and to the beautiful region of Provence. However one stands out from its counterparts, by its distant origins, coming straight from Burkina Faso…
17-01-2012 12:00:00
Fall's Olive-Picking Ritual

Fall's Olive-Picking Ritual

Olive picking is taking place at the moment in Provence, and for certain aficionados it's a special time to share with friends in the great outdoors.
09-12-2011 13:00:00
Land in the Heart of the Grand Canyon...

Land in the Heart of the Grand Canyon...

Cancel your expensive tickets to Aspen… You can escape to the mountains in Provence! A genuine must-see if you’re hanging around the Luberon, the Ocher Mountains are a unique experience in France.
06-12-2011 17:00:00
The Var Olive Route

The Var Olive Route

A discovery tour of the thousand and one tracks running between mills, cooperatives, museums and olive growing estates in the Var region.
23-10-2011 11:00:00
The Blue Gold of Provence

The Blue Gold of Provence

Lavender, the plant that symbolizes Provence, has an intimate relationship with the region. Ever-present to the eye from June to September when it flowers, the little blue spikes possess a strong emotional charge.
12-10-2011 15:52:00
A Perfumed Walk in the Corsican Scrub

A Perfumed Walk in the Corsican Scrub

In the hills around Porto Vecchio, the botanist Stéphane Rogliano leads sensorial walks for nature lovers. Jean-Louis Pierrisnard, director of the Research and Development department at L'Occitane en Provence, recounts his experience.
04-10-2011 09:00:00
The Eternal 'Immortelle'

The Eternal 'Immortelle'

This wild plant from Corsica with the mysterious and poetic name “l’Immortelle” possesses many properties that L’OCCITANE en Provence has been researching for over ten years in order to perfect its anti-aging skincare products. Let’s take a look at this wild beauty.
15-09-2011 11:45:00
Lazing Around at the Hameau de Pivochet

Lazing Around at the Hameau de Pivochet

Nestled in the middle of the Luberon Natural Park, between the villages of Apt and Manosque, the Hameau Pivochet is an ideal haven to take a break. Combining old stones with a sober décor, it’s all the charm of Provence in action…
06-09-2011 16:29:00
Amazing Sainte Victoire

Amazing Sainte Victoire

The most famous mountain of Provence is internationally known thanks to Paul Cézanne who painted her in more than 80 of his canvases. And we sure can undertsand him : this beauty that keeps an eye on Aix en Provence, offers everyday a different face...
17-06-2011 19:41:00