The Most Beautiful Villages of Provence



ISBN: 9780500289969 Category:

Michael Jacobs


The Greeks, the Romans, the barbarians of the North and the Moors have all left their traces in its villages and small towns, from the hills and mountains of the Lubéron to the villages perchés of the Alpes-Maritimes.

It is in smaller communities that the true Provençal spirit can be found: in sunlight falling across the tightly grouped terracotta roofs, or in the velvety shade in an ancient square – the country of Marcel Pagnol and Jean de Florette. Such scenes come alive here in Hugh Palmer’s radiant photographs and Michael Jacobs’ evocative accounts.

The book opens with the villages of the Vaucluse and the Bouches-du-Rhône then moves east to the Var and eventually the mountains of the Alpine départements, drawing out the special characteristics of each region. Here are the tranquil villages of the centre, but in stark contrast are the fortified hill villages of the east, perched on crests or terraced along the mountainside.

Additional information

Weight 881 g
Dimensions 19.8 x 24.2 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 March 2012
Number of pages 216
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 19.8 x 24.2 cm
Weight 881 g


There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “The Most Beautiful Villages of Provence”

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Hugh Palmer is one of most renowned photographers in the UK of gardens and rural life. He has contributed extensively to the Most Beautiful Villages... series.

Michael Jacobs has written many books on European travel, including the Penguin Guide to Provence.