What to see and do in Provence in the spring

Written by on February 13, 2020 in Provence-Alpes

Lavender growing in rows on a hill in Provence, France in the spring

Enjoy Provence in the spring, before the summer crowds arrive. Quiet hilltop villages, small city charm and the dazzling blue of the Mediterranean Sea and warm days await you…

The best places to visit in Provence in Spring

A sunny square in Aix-en-Provence, southern France

Aix-en-Provence

Temperatures in spring in Provence are warm and pleasant. Blue skies and warm days with cooler nights are the norm. It’s the perfect time to explore and discover the charms of Provence.

Aix en Provence is a great place to be when the spring leaves make an appearance on the plane trees. The Cours Mirabeau is bathed in sunshine, fountains sparkle and cafés open their doors and pavement tables are filled with people keen to enjoy the spring air. At dusk, head to the top of Mont Sainte-Victoire, loved by Cezanne who lived and worked here. It, blushes pink as the sun sets.

Visit some of the most exquisite villages and towns, several of which feature in the books of Peter Mayle and the film “A Very Good Year”. Detour to lovely Lourmarin with its gallery and tiny boutique-lined streets, bars, cafes and wonderful Friday morning market. Lacoste, Bonnnieux and Cucuron, where the famous date scene took place in the film. Visit crowd-free Cassis and the famous Calanques. Follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh in Arles and visit a fabulous street market.

Isle sur la Sorgue

Bikes along a river on a sunny day in the town of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Provence

Gorgeous Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, the antiques capital of the south of France should definitely be on your list. And ravishing Roussillon and Menerbes as well as fabulous Fontaine de Vaucluse and gorgeous Gordes. All over the region at this time of the year you’ll see the wisteria in full bloom. It trails over walls and climbs up the pretty local houses. Cherry and almond trees blossom and the early poppies are starting to push their heads up.

Take in the wonderful art show at the Carrières de Lumière in pretty Les Baux de Provence. Enjoy a visit to an olive oil mill and do a tasting. Have a picnic in a vineyard and tour Saint Paul de Mausole where Van Gogh stayed in Saint Remy de Provence

Cote d’Azur

Rooftops and towers of Nice city in southern France

If you have time, head to elegant Nice and visit the old town of Antibes. At this time of the year the beaches are warm and uncrowded, perfect for relaxing.

Provence in Spring

People sitting outside a cafe in France, plane trees give shade

Spring is the perfect time to visit Provence. The market stalls are piled with spring vegetables like artichokes and asparagus. Cafés throw open their doors to greet the sun, It’s a great time to sit outside sipping coffee and eating croissants. Trees blossom and flowers bloom; the fields and vineyards become oceans of every shade of green. You’ll find unspoiled views without the crowds of tourists. And, almost deserted beaches except for the locals who at this time of the year are more chilled than ever.

You’ll never forget spring in Provence…

Picture perfect spring in Provence – in photos!

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