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4 Things to Do in Provence

Make the most of your trip to the south of France with these festive activities.

Aix-en-Provence’s Christmas market

01 Aix-en-Provence’s Christmas market on Cours Mirabeau is done up with children’s fairground rides and colourful lights, and the shopkeepers go all out with their elaborate window displays. Additionally, over 50 chalet-style stalls sell seasonal delights (November 18–December 27) while the large tented Marché des 13 Desserts at Place F. Villon fulfills all your 13-desserts-of-Christmas needs. Get your calissons and raisins here! (December 18–24). (

Hôtel du Cloître

02 Hôtel du Cloître is a boutique hotel with interiors by designer India Mahdavi – all vintage floor lamps and pop art headboards – in Arles’ city centre, just steps from Fondation Vincent Van Gogh and five minutes to the amphitheatre. Closer still is the adjoining L’Ouvre Boîte with its alfresco seats and natural local wines. (



Le Bistro À Côté

03 Enjoy lunch by Michelin-two-starred chef Jean-Luc Rabanel at Le Bistro À Côté, his affordable offshoot. (A three-course prix fixe is just over €30). The mussels baked in a cast-iron pan with herbs, garlicky bread crumbs and chorizo are mind-bending. (

04 Get elbow-deep in clay at a santon workshop with artist Christine Darc in Les Baux-de-Provence. The most visited village in France after Mont Saint-Michel, it’s packed during summer’s high season, but during winter you basically have it to yourself (except at Christmas). (



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