Our amazing Provence Local Hosts know this special region inside and out, and love to share their local knowledge and suggestions with our guests. Below are Marcel's Top Ten Picks for fun activities to do while in the sunny South of France!
1. Visit Local Markets
Your visit to the Provence is not complete without a visit to one of the local markets. Take your time to stroll around the colourful stands and have a taste of our local produce. Our favorite markets are in L’Isle sur la Sorgue, Bedoin and Vaison la Romaine.
2. Take a Wine Tour
When travelling to the Provence the numerous vineyards immediately catch your eye. This region is famous for it’s Cote du Rhone, Vacqueyras, Gigondas and of course Châteauneuf-du-Pape. A friendly local wine specialist will take you to some of the best wineries, and, while you have a taste, he’ll explain the wine-making process.
3. Take a Cooking Class
“Delicious, lots of fun and a great learning experience” is how one of our guests described their cooking class. Pick your provencal menu in advance and prepare your dinner with the help of one of our renowned chefs. Don’t forget to take pictures!
4. Cycle the Country
Ready for some excercise? Explore the region by bike! We have excellent guides who will lead you through the beautiful countryside and the pittoresque provencal villages. Don’t forget to stop for a café at one of the local bars!
5. Take a Carriage Ride
Definitely one of the most authentic ways to explore the area is to take a carriage ride. The carriage will take you to places that you wouldn’t find yourself. The tour can include a picnic or a stop at a local goat cheese farm or winery. Great for all ages!
6. Canoe on the Sorgue
The emerald water of the Sorgue has been the source of inspiration for many poets over the last centuries. From Fontaine de Vaucluse to Isle sur la Sorgue, this 8km trip (2hours) is a unique opportunity to see this beautiful landscape from a different perspective.
7. Picnic in the Vineyards
One of our favorite ways to spend a Sunday afternoon is to unwind and recharge during a luxury picnic in the vineyards at one of our favorite local wineries. Enjoying local delicacies like cheese, bread, tapenades, olives quiches, fresh fruit and wines in a breathtaking setting. Great for all ages!
8. ‘Climb’ up the Mont Ventoux
The Mont Ventoux, with it’s white top, dominates the landscape of the Vaucluse. On a clear day you can see as far as the Mediterranean from the top. We drive, bike or walk our way up to discover the changing of the landscape, and enjoy the spectacular views.
9. Play some Petanque
Petanque is the provencal version of Jeu de Boules. It’s one of the oldest traditional games in France. It’s not just a game, it’s a social event for all generations that takes place on the village square every afternoon. Join in or simply watch how they play and engage in discussions.
10. Take a Riverwalk of the Toulourenc
On the northwest side of the Mont Ventoux near Malaucène flows the river Toulourenc. In summertime it offers you an original, refreshing way to discover the wild, uncultivated nature of this region. Walking through the wild water (sometimes waist-high) is not just a refreshing exercise, it’s a great experience!
To experience some of these Provence highlights, why not stay a week with us at one of our classic French villas, such as La Paisible? This lovely villa offers 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, a warm country kitchen, a funky heated pool and unbeatable views over Mont Ventoux and the Vaucluse. And best of all, there are great last-minute summer rates available! For more details, contact a Villa Specialist.