First-time visitors may be as captivated by the beauty of this ruggedly lovely chunk of France as the painter Van Gogh was when he arrived from a gloomy Paris in 1888. 'What intensity of colors, what pure air, what vibrant serenity,' he wrote. 'Nature here is extraordinarily beautiful, everything and everywhere.'
He wasn't wrong. That colorful intensity in land, sea and sky is brought out by the glorious, almost-year-round southern sun.