The thing about taking a day trip in the Provence region is that, with all there is to see and absorb, a day will not seem like enough time.

Take a drive up Mont Ventoux, for example. Admiring it from a distance is one memorable experience, especially depending on the time of year, when the cherry-blossomed fields below are in line of sight, or lavender-carpeted meadows sway in the breeze. Driving up its forest-lined road of pine, oak, and beech is another. But these two treats are minor compared to the view from atop Mont Ventoux on a clear day, when your eyes will fixate on the glorious Alps and you will want to leave them there forever.

To wine connoisseurs, a visit to wine country is necessary, and you’ll find that in the Provence area. It was in Marseilles, founded by the Greeks centuries ago, that the grapevine was introduced to the region, and the oldest vineyard in the country is found there. Follow The Wine Route and sip your way to happiness.

The village of St. Remy is a must-see in the northern part of the Alpilles. St. Remy was an ancient Roman settlement, and is encircled by a 14th century wall. Nostradamus, who was a respected physician and astrologer in his time, and considered a prophet down through the centuries, was born in St. Remy. Artist Vincent Van Gogh was voluntarily committed to the city’s Asylum in the Monastery of Saint-Paul in 1899, where he produced Starry Night and Self Portrait amongst other well-known works, situated adjacent to the fascinating ruins of and monuments of the Greco-Roman town of Glanum.  St Remy has several museums and restaurants, too, as well as many festivals and a lively weekly street market, so there’s plenty to do and eat, and good places to stay.