A holiday villa makes for the ideal base to explore Provence, a region of outstanding beauty. Famous for glamorous resorts such as Nice and Cannes, the stylish, sun-kissed French Riviera is one of the holiday hotspots of the world. Cannes of course is known the world over for its annual Film Festival. But away from the coast, Provence has a traditional side and high in the hills you'll discover olive groves, lavender fields and peaceful medieval villages. This area is renowned for its wonderful cuisine - why not try dishes prepared with tomatoes, olive oil, garlic and herbs. Provence has some 500 vineyards with an annual production of 140 million bottles - ideal if wine-tasting is on your holiday 'to do' list.