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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). (aixenprovencetourism.com)


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. (hotelducloitre.com)

 

 

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. (bistro-acote.com)


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). (ateliersautourdelaterre.com)

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