Sonja, our expert of Provence, France, gives some information to discover properly the region she lives in. You don't know how to prepare, what to visit or what to eat during your trip in Provence ? Sonja helps you with some advice to visit Provence in order to make the most memorable trip !
- Provence's climate is influenced by the Mediterranean sea, so very mild all year round ! Winter is most often mild and sunny, with incredibly clear skies. A great season for walking and cycling, and incredible lighting: Alpilles, Dentelles de Montmirail, Luberon, the islands and the Côte d’Azur. Autumn & Spring, with their summer-like days, can sometimes bring with them more abundant rains. Magnificent seasons to explore Provence by bike or by foot.
- Summer is very hot and dry, with occasional thunderstorms that cool the air. Walking is great in the interior of Provence, above 1000 m (3300 ft) in altitude to avoid the heat: Cevennes, Alpes de Haute Provence, back country of Nice, Mercantour nature park…
- Cycle through all of Provence in the mornings and late afternoons, coasting with the gentle breeze; get a good sieste in the shade of the plane trees during the hottest part of the day. The mistral is a strong and turbulent wind that blows in gusts. It cools the hot summers and produces a brisk chill in the winter. It is always accompanied by the sun, an intense blue sky, and spectacular visibility.
- Before leaving check your administrative formalities & documents: EU members need a valid passport or identity card. Other nationalities: consult the French consulate/Embassy of your country of origin. We advise you to also bring a photocopy of your original documents that you keep during your trip in a different place from the original ones. INSURANCE: Bring a copy of your insurance policy and information with you. ADVICE: When the northern wind (Mistral) blows, it can be violent, and you’ll feel the cold all the more. Always prepare warm clothes in your backpack, as the weather can change abruptly.
- Avignon of course and its famous bridge, Gordes & Senanque Abbey, Peter Mayle's Bonnieux, Van Gogh's St Remy & Les Baux…Just to name a few and not forget Buoux, Saignon, Goult, Aiguebrun valley Markets are part of the Southern way of living so we always try to start our trips according to the market days in each village. The Sunday morning market in Isle sur la Sorgue is a real highlight, have a stroll, meet local producers and grab your picnic items to savour along the wonderful trails or seldom used paths.
- We live all year round in Provence and spend our weekends on the trails so in our roadbooks we unveil all our favorite adresses. We know which cafés are best, which restaurants to choose, from the local bistro to the best Michelin starred restaurant in Provence. And we’ve found the hidden gems that you won’t find in guide books, too . We are on the continuous lookout for interesting and authentic experiences you cannot find back home: whether a home-cooked Provençal meal in a private home, or a behind-the-scenes factory tour of a 5th generation candied-fruit maker.
- If you like cooking and French cuisine you should try our hands on cooking class with market visit! In Marseille for exemple your host, will share with you his passion for this typical dish from Southern France La Bouillabaisse! He’ll take you to the market to buy the fish and then prepare the dish according to the original recipe used by fishermen forefathers. You will then enjoy the traditional fish soup in his appartement right in the heart of Marseille, an unforgettable experience !