Craig Gelband, a senior medical director in the pharmaceutical industry, has traveled extensively throughout Europe. Over the years Craig Gelband has visited many places including the UK, France, Sweden, and Switzerland. Each destination offers the visitor unique cultural experiences. The Provence region in France stands out as a favorite for both European and foreign travelers.
Provence is one of the most visited regions in France due to its beautiful scenery and long tourist season. The region includes a wide variety of things to see including the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean and the staggering Alps. Many people are drawn to the area in order to visit the numerous vineyards. Provence is divided into six distinctive departments.
The Alpes-Maritimes and Var departments are located along the beautiful Côte d’Azur. Famous resorts such as Cannes, Saint-Tropez, and Nice can be found here, along with beautiful smaller villages nestled in the mountains farther away from the coast. Visitors will experience some of the most spectacular scenery in France in these regions.
Vauclause is located in the northwest corner of the region. Here, visitors can experience the lavendar fields on the Plateau de Sault or the Plateau de Valensole. The lavender blooms from June to August and is best experienced by car along the lavender route.
Travelers will find Marseille in the Bouches-du-Rhone department in the southwest corner of the region. The port city of Marseille is one of the oldest cities in France as well as the second largest city in the country.
Alpes-de-Haute-Provence is home the “Grand Canyon of Europe”- the Verdon Gorge. Visitors can explore many of the picturesque mountain villages in the area including Castellane, Annot, and Entrevaux.
Hautes-Alpes, the northernmost department in the region, offers beautiful mountain scenery. The department is largely occupied by the Ecrins National Park and the Natural Regional Park of Dueyras. The area’s numerous ski resorts make it a popular destination for skiers.