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Holidays in Provence Exploring Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

December Holiday Shake-up

Christmas holiday routines can get a bit tedious, and for many people, overwhelming. Why not mix things up this year and book a week in Provence near Isle sur la Sorgue? Delightful Domaine de Palerme, near Isle sur la Sorgue, is available for Christmas or the New Year’s celebrations at a special holiday pricing:

7 nights for 8,500€
11 nights for 12,500€
(starting December 21st)

This elegant house will comfortably accommodate up to 14 people. If that sounds like too much family, gather some friends and explore Provence in December.

Christmas Domaine de Palerme Billiards Room

Comfortable Accommodation

Le Domaine de Palerme is a 15-hectare property located just minutes from l’Isle sur la Sorgue. Originally, constructed as a bastide (large manor house) for the Duke of Palerme in 1736. As the Papal Treasurer, the Duke required an estate home that matched his professional status. This gorgeous property was also once the home of celebrated writer Albert Camus.

Domaine de Palerme Holidays Provence Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Fully-restored, this three-story house retains a regal elegance with high ceilings and windows. The current owners of the Domaine de Palerme are Eric and Karin Gusman. Leveraging their collective years of international travel and work with luxury goods they have created – the Palerme experience. These chambres d’hote (Bed & Breakfast) have upgraded bathrooms and contemporary infrastructure wrapped in warm period décor. Read more about this lovely holiday home here.

Domaine de Palerme Holidays Provence Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

December in Provence

Like many places in the Northern Hemisphere, winter weather in Provence can be unpredictable. Even though December is historically the coldest month of the year in this part of France, you are almost guaranteed to have sunny days. The mistral might blow cold air into town, or just as quickly you might find a terrace table in the sun for al fresco dining.

Holidays Provence 2017

December is a month full of Christmas markets and other celebrations in Provence. In larger cities, such as Aix-en-Provence, the holiday market stalls remain in place until the end of the month. In smaller towns, the markets might only last for a single lively weekend. Here are a few of the Christmas markets that are worth visiting:

The Santons Fair – Aix-en-Provence
11/22/2019 – 12/31/2019

Marché de Noël – Aix-en-Provence
20/11/2019 – 29/12/2019

Marché de Noël & Santons – Marseille
11/30/2019 – 31/12/2019

Marché de Noël – l’Isle sur la Sorgue
to 31/12/2019

Family Holidays Provence Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Explore l’Isle sur la Sorgue

L’Isle sur la Sorgue is a three-minute drive (or a 20-minute walk) from Domaine de Palerme. Even in winter months, the town remains open for antique-hunters with its 250 permanent vendors. Most of the charming restaurants and cute boutiques are open during the holidays. The Sunday market may be smaller during the winter, but it is still a fun way to spend a morning.

Family Holidays Provence Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

During the holidays, there are special themed dinners (wine, truffles and more) at Michelin-star Restaurant le Vivier (see flyer below).

Restaurant Le Vivier Isle sur la Sorgue

Warm-up with a new wool blanket or throw made right in town by Brun de Vian-Tiran, a company that has been manufacturing for 200+ years. Visit the on-site museum and explore the boutique.

According to Julie at Vaucluse Dreamer, La Cour au Saveurs has the best chocolate in Provence.

Family Holidays Provence Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Book Your Holiday Week

Le Domaine de Palerme
725 Chemin de Palerme
84 800 l’Isle sur la Sorgue
Contact: Karin & Eric Gusman
Tel: +33 (0)6 09 90 80 90

Special Note: make sure to mention you heard about this magical place through Perfectly Provence to take advantage of the holiday rate.

Holidays in Provence 2017 Pinterest

Holiday Tastes of Provence

Gourmet indulgence is what December is all about in Provence. Sample homemade treats from market stalls or the local patisserie you are sure to find nougat, fougasse, pompe à l’huile, sacristan, and a pastry fit for kings the Galette des Rois (here is the Cocoa&Lavender recipe).

Galette des Rois Kings Cake Provence @CocoaandLavender

Discover the traditional Treize (13) Desserts served on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Market Nougat

This month marks the height of truffle season with themed restaurant menus and dedicated truffle markets. The chance to taste freshly harvested “Black Diamonds” might be reason enough to plan a trip.

Truffles Provence Truffle Markets

Read more about Christmas in Provence and the local traditions in this article with an excerpt from Anne-Marie Simmons’ book Taking Root in Provence.


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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).

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