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Streetwise Provence HeartHeart
Book - Travel

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Address: Provence
Country: France

Although only pocket-sized, this fold-up map of Provence is the ultimate touring guide. Extraordinarily easy to use, with a laminated surface that is virtually indestructible, it has a similar level of detail as a Michelin road atlas but, in a much more manageable format. It is double sided, the one side representing northern Provence and the other the south.
The northern side covers an area that includes the Luberon, the southern Rhone villages, Vaison-la-Romaine, Avignon, St Remy de Provence, Apt, Sisteron, and across to the northern part of Alpes-Maritimes.
Flip over for the southern side, which includes much of the Var, and across to Grasse, and Vence on its eastern side, extending from Cavaillon through St-Remy-de-Provence across to Arles, and right down through the Carmague to Stes Maries-de-la-Mer in the west, and as far south as Marseille.
Roads with particular scenic value are highlighted with green dots - as you might expect, generally speaking the windier the road, the more green dots. They're especially dense around the dramatic Gorge du Verdun, one of the wildest drives in France, around the villages of the Luberon and between the villages in the mountains to the north-east of Grasse. The green dots are an excellent guide in planning a touring route. Scenic viewpoints and other points of interest are also marked. Also useful is a town and village index.
The only gaps are some of the coastal areas. There's nothing south of the area marked by a line drawn directly between Marseille and Ste Maxime so if you're only planning on holidaying in the area around St Tropez or travelling the coastal route visiting places like Cassis and Bandol, missing the heart of Provence, it won't be much use. It also doesn't extend along all of the Riviera coast. It covers the area from Ste Maxime to Cagnes-sur-Mer, cutting off just west of Nice. However, there is a separate map that covers this area called Streetwise Cote D'Azur.
A must have guide for anyone driving through Provence.
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