- August 17, 2017
Top 10 things to do in Provence - France
PRovence: best things to see during your holidays in FRANCE
If you look at a map of Provence, France, it offers a splendid diversity of countryside, laced with a vast network of Provence hiking trails and quiet country roads for a cycling. That makes Provence a paradise for both walking & cycling. Here is our selection of best things to do during your holiday in Provence..
1 – The renowned perched villages of the Luberon
Discover the Luberon walks along the scenic Mur de la Peste (Plague wall) or to the Senanque Abbey. Most villages are perched high above the valley like Gordes, Roussillon, Bonnieux, Saignon. Fontaine de Vaucluse is renowned for its spring, Lacoste for the castle of Marquis de Sade, Buoux for its beautiful Aiguebrun cliffs and untamed valley, Lourmarin for its tiny charming village and Renaissance castle.
2 – The olive groves of Van Gogh's Alpilles mountains
Saint Remy and its region are internationnally renowned thanks to VAN GOGH's paintings (he spent the last year of his life in Saint Rémy). Van Gogh's Provence is blanketed with olives groves, sunflowers and vineyards, all overshadowed by the chiseled crest of the Alpilles mountains. Between the famous village of Les Baux de Provence and Arles, you'll enjoy tasting the region's extraordinary olive oil and walking/cycling through Provençal vineyards.
3 – Have a wine tour in Provence's vineyards
It is a unique experience to bike along the rolling hills of Provence, blanketed with its Provençal vineyards, enjoying wine tastings, with countless Chateauneuf du Pape wineries to visit. Provence is in the heart of the famous "Cotes du Rhone" red wines, along with the famous rosé wines of Tavel.
4 – See the famous lavender fields of Provence
Between mid June and mid July – the blooming season! – give yourself a treat with an outstanding Provence lavender tour that can start in the Luberon, and continue in the rolling lavender fields on the Platau of Sault – East of Mont Ventoux – and Valensole – North of Aix en Provence.
A truly unique Provence experience immersed a sea of purple !
5 – Strolling under the exceptional Roman Pont du Gard aqueduct
The Pont du Gard aqueduct is a true masterpiece of Roman architecture. Listed a « World Heritage site » by Unesco, it is one of the most visited monuments in France. It is indeed an incredible marvel of architecture, standing 48 metres high, with the river Gardon flowing under it.
Pont du Gard
6 – Climb Mont Ventoux : the Giant of Provence !
The height of Mont Ventoux is 1 912m, the tallest mountain in Provence and made famous thanks to the cycling's « Tour de France ». Cycling up Mont Ventoux has become the ultimate challenge for amateur cyslists all around the world! At the Mont Ventoux summit, you'll have a jaw-dropping panorama of the Alps : just exceptionnal ! It is also a playground for walking with its untamed slopes and scenic paths, making for a perfect hiking tour in Provence.
7 – The authentic hidden villages of the French Riviera backcountry
Who hasn’t dreamed of visiting the celebrated Cote d’Azur ? The climate is beautiful year round, with wild mild springs and winters. When hiking the French Riviera's back country, above Menton and Nice, the cliffs rise dramatically, and encase villages such as La Brigue and Saint Agnes. These authentic mountain villages are perched defiantly in the sky, linked by the most beautiful hiking trails of the Cote d’Azur, that wind upwards from the shore.
8 – Mercantour National Park hiking : a paradise for true nature lovers ..
Located in the backcountry of the Cote d’Azur, bordering Italy, the Mercantour is famous for its untamed mountain slopes and summits, its perched mountain villages, and its wildlife : marmots, chamois, ibex, Golden eagles and more than 800 of plant species. Mercantour hiking is indeed for experienced hikers, used to regular exercise and to rocky and technical terrain.
9 – Have a swim in the Cristalline blue sea of Porquerolles Island
Porquerolles and Port Cros are islands located off the coast of the village of Lavandou on the French Riviera. Called the « Golden islands », they are indeed the jewels of the French islands. It’s a paradise for swimming on the best hidden beaches, snorkeling in the deep blue sea, and walking on coastal paths among the pine and eucalyptus trees.
10 – Explore a holiday in Corsica : France Isle of beauty !
The island of Corsica is one of the most breathtaking islands in Europe : from its jagged and untamed coastlines and beaches to rocky and chiseled mountains with sumptuous landscapes and ambiance. Check out our Corsica walking holiday, and enjoy the hiking trails all while staying in some of its best accommodations: a memorable souvenir !