Renting a House In Provence
The cuisine of Provence was formed by the people and the faming way of life.
The farmers of Provence work the land and cherish their traditions; many of the villages hold festivals throughout the year that include ancient music, dance, horsemanship, bull fighting and traditional Provence meals.
Apt, once the center of lavender production, is a town largely overlooked by tourists because it is listed as an industrial area in the guidebooks.

A pleasant surprise and a great place to base out of for trips to the lavender fields and the hiking, biking and kayaking of Provence, Apt is in a valley below another village  with a great view, but one even more overlooked by tourists in spite of its charm, Saignon.

These two villages,  east of Avignon,  could be a great place to rent a house or villa for an extended visit while on a culinary vacation or on a biking/hiking vacation in Provence.
Although the area around Apt and Saignon has been largely overlooked by  tourists there are many  opportunities in the region for hiking, biking kayaking, and culinary vacations
Renting In Provence, the Village of Apt,
House Rental For a Provence Vacation
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Provence was inhabited in Neolithic times and still has rock tombs of early settlers. Later, nomadic shepherds built corbel vaulted beehive-like structures of stone called bories with an estimated 3000 still standing  around Gordes and in the valley below the village of Saignon.

Germanic Celtic tribes and Italian Ligurians inhabited Provence before the Greek (600 BC) and later Roman settlers (100 BC) built permanent dwellings of stone.
From the first century BC to the third century AD, the Romans built  extensively throughout Provence and many of their structures still stand.
Provence can be a great vacation spot, especially in May and June, and in September and October, the months when the European travelers are back to work and not on their six-week July/August vacations.

Many of the villages in Provence are storybook quaint, full of ancient stone buildings with tile roofs and narrow cobble streets open only to pedestrians. Lavender fields in rich purple color the hillsides in June and July and 12Th Century chapels crown the hilltops in the Medieval walled villages.

Farming of rice in the south and wheat and lavender in the north along with raising of sheep and the practice of viticulture and olive production are the primary industries in largely rural Provence.  
You can rent a place in Provence and easily settle in for a brief period of living the village life, shopping for your daily provisions, and cooking with the locally grown produce.
From your rented house you can make day trips by rental car to surrounding hill towns of stonewalls and Medieval castles and you will find hiking, biking, horseback riding, kayaking, and cliff climbing in many of the hills and river valleys.
Renting a house with a group of friends, even if it just for a week or two, is a good and economical way to enjoy all that Provence has to offer.
Renting a House
To start your search, ask how many people will be in your group. Rentals can accommodate  several families or just two people. Start your search on the web with the number of people that you will accommodate, the region you would like to visit, and your target dates.
How Many People
The regions of Provence are called departments and include Hautes Alpes, Alpes de Haute Provence, Alpes Maritimes, Bouches du Rhone, Var, and Vaucluse.

Start a search with either the region you desire or the price range you seek. Some villages are more expensive than others but the area is well served by good roads so that you can base in one place and reach many villages and walled cities in an hours drive.  
What Region
Not too far from Apt, British writer Peter Mayle bought a place and wrote his "A Year In Provence," and other books that prompted  Europeans to fan out in the countryside of the Luberon and Vaucluse looking for distressed cottages and old farms to buy as fix-up vacation homes and rentals.

These rentals are now plentiful and even with the slumping dollar, affordable.

The countryside of Provence offers a wonderful place for a vacation because it has changed little in five hundred or so years. You will find  No massive development, no malls, and just a few high-speed roads.

The one major innovation, the high-speed TGV train; with top speeds of 180 MPH, puts Avignon just two and a half hours from Paris.
A Year In Provence
Renting in Provence in the town of Apt  could be a Villa or Vacation rental on the outskirts of apt.
A Villa at the foot of a walled city like Saignon could accommodate up to 15  or more and give good access to recreation, culture, shopping
Saignon  on the hilltop overlooking Apt is postcard perfect and near enough to the larger city to offer transportation
A limited menu family run  mom and pop style restaurant in the Village of Apt, La Manade on Rue Rene Cassin should not be missed
Renting in Provence in the town of Apt can save money on lodging
Season: High, Mid, Low
High: July August
Mid:  April, May  June, September, October,and School Vacations
Low: November,December, January, February, March
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Where is Provence
The southern region of France from Montelimar to the Mediterranean, from Nice to the Saintes Maries de la Mere in the Rhone River Delta is called Provence. This region, rich in Roman ruins, Medieval walled cities, Renaissance art, and famed for its low-fat rustic cuisine, offers great hiking, biking Kayaking and could be the venue for a life-changing cooking experience.
Transportation will be of crucial importance. Will you have a rental car? (30-60 USD per day and plentiful in the major cities and TGV stations) If not, lodging in one of the larger towns like Apt or in a hilltop village like Saignon would be a better option. Both have public transportation.

Public  Transportation: Local buses make trips between major cities stopping at towns and villages along the way.
Renting a house or villa in Provence can add to the value of your lodging expense.
  • Bus
If on your vacation in Provence you do not have a rental car, bus service extends from Cavallion, to Gordes, Forcalquier, St Maximin, Barjols, Apt, Marseille, Carpentras, Pernes-les-Fontaines, Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, and Le Thor.
Bus service is not extensive but does serve between major cities and some towns.
  • Trains
Conventional train service is extensive between cities in Provence
Provence Village of Saignon
Saignon  is located on a hilltop overlooking Apt with great views of the lavender fields.
Restaurants to write home about:
In Mouries    the Valon de Gayet,       
Apt,  La  Manade,        
in Avignon,  
La Fourchette.
Renting In Provence in the Village of Apt can provide a House Rental or villa for a Provence Vacation that can save money on lodging and provide freedom to cook Provence style and to hike and bike the villages.
Renting In Provence in the Village of Apt can provide a House Rental or villa for a Provence Vacation that can save money on lodging and provide freedom to cook Provence style and to hike and bike the villages.
Renting in Provence can include a large villa to accommodate several families or friends
Saignon  is a hilltop village surrounded by lavender fields
Reach Provence
  • Air
International flights serve Paris, Marseilles,  Locals Nimes and Avignon.
  • Train
TGV Fast trains serve Avignon and Nimes from Paris.  Local trains serve Arles
  • Auto
Rental cars are available at the TGV Stations in Paris, Avignon, and Nimes.  Available also in Arles.
Autourope is available in Avignon at the TGV  train station.
Shop for your rental car online well  ahead of your trip and choose diesel (more economical) or gas, luggage space,(important)  standard or automatic,(important)  two door, four door and other options.    
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Vacation rentals in Provence can include a large villa to accommodate several families or friends
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