Spring is a great time to visit Provence, particularly as the summers can be hot and busy. The area of Provence is essentially rural, but it does have cities such as Avignon, Nimes, Orange, Aix en Provence and Marseille. Some of the most attractive architectural features of Provence are the perched villages, situated on craggy hilltops where they were sited to resist the marauding tribes in the Middle Ages. The villages were built around castle keeps and wrapped in thick ramparts, from where they could keep vigil over the hinterland and even the coast to spot early invasions from the sea. Since the 19th century, many of these villages have lost their peasant communities, but more recently many have been restored by a new generation of artists, craftsmen and the influx of holiday makers.
Goult main street, Provence
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