You're probably asking yourself what it is about Provence that I like so much. If you've already visited this part of France then I guess you'll know what I'm talking about and if you've never been then I'm sure I'll manage to convince you to go to Provence by the end of this post.
Provence is a vast region in the south-east part of France that runs from the Rhone River all the way to the Mediterranean costal boarder with Italy. On one side you have the Côte d'Azur by the sea with its popular spots like Nice, Cannes and St Tropez and then you have all the interior side that's divided into several departments. The Vaucluse department is probably less touristy making it very enjoyable. The natural landscapes of the Vaucluse Mountains and the Lubéron are spectacular and it's definitely a place that will make you want to go back many times again.
The best time to go to Provence is during the summer because in the winter/early spring and autumn you will find it’s rather quiet. There's so much going on in the summer, the weather is so sunny and warm and all the summer fruits are available for you to buy locally (strawberries, apricots, cherries, etc.). Plus it's that time of the year when the lavender, sunflowers and other summer flowers are in full bloom.
If you plan on visiting all the small towns in the region, I definitely suggest renting a car like we did. We spent a long weekend in the Lubéron and I'm sure we'll try to return again this summer because we liked it so much and there are serval towns we still want to see. We stayed one night at an Airbnb in Fontaine de Vaucluse and two nights at the Domaine des Andéols.
Fontaine-de-Vaucluse is named after the spring which is the source of the River Sorgue. It's one of the main attractions of the region for being one of the deepest natural springs in the world. The town itself is nice but nothing out of the ordinary in comparison to other charming towns in the region. L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is meant to be a lovely town to visit with all its antique shops, local markets and busy cafés and restaurants.
We found a lovely Airbnb in the middle of the Vaucluse mountains with an infinity pool overlooking the mountains so we spent most of our time there relaxing. In the evening we had a lovely dinner at La Figuière which is also a B&B. The Vaucluse region is renowned for all the available outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and kayaking so there’s plenty of things to see and do.
The lavender fields are a popular attraction amongst tourists during the summer months so the renowned spots such as Valensole can get very crowded. However that's not the only place where you will find lavender because it's something that grows in Provence so will get a chance to see lavender everywhere you go. The purple blooming season runs from mid-June to August before the local harvests but depending on the past weather conditions and the different altitudes, there can be a slight different timing for the lavender to bloom in each part of Provence.
This beautiful old village, built on a rocky hill, is not to be missed. The small narrow streets bring so much charm to this town that you won't want to miss it. Plus there are lots of historical monuments and ruins dating back to the 11th century.
Ménebres is such a lovely town with small cobblestone streets, flowers galore and a few cafés and restaurants to enjoy.
When are you next going to Provence?
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