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Provence Travel Guide

Multisensory and authentic, Provence is France at its most spellbinding. From postcard-perfect villages, awe-inspiring vistas, and local produce, come with us and fall for all of Provence’s charms.


About Provence

The region of Provence may well be the most well known area of France. Renowned for its captivating allure, drawing visitors from around the world with its unique blend of natural beauty and cultural richness. One of the most iconic features of Provence is its vast lavender fields, painting the landscape in hues of purple and filling the air with a sweet, fragrant aroma. The region is also blessed with abundant sunshine, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere that beckons travelers to explore the charming stone villages and bustling farmers markets. Additionally, Provence boasts a plethora of beautiful hotels, offering luxurious accommodations amidst stunning surroundings

Villages to visit in provence


Outdoors enthusiasts will love Cucuron’s extensive hiking trails, including up to Mourre Negre – Luberon’s highest point (1 125 m). Or explore the village itself, including Notre-Dame de Beaulieu and its impressive belfry, before having a drink next to the Bassin de l’Etang – a 15th-century stone pond, that once powered the flour mills.


At the eastern border of the Vaucluse region, Aurel is a little perched village with glorious views of Mont Ventoux and the Sault lavender fields. Tour the 12th-century château and medieval ramparts in the village before enjoying a bike ride or hike in the mountainous region.

84390 Vaucluse


A circular mass of stone houses soaring up to a peak, you can’t help but be awe-struck by the view of Gordes – at dawn or dusk. Found just below the center of the Vaucluse region, the village summit offers unrivaled views of the landscape below. Pick a bar that looks out towards the horizon and enjoy the sunset.

84220 Vaucluse


There are few places as picture-perfect as Lourmarin. Tour Château de Lourmarin, a 16th-century Renaissance château (the first of its kind in Provence), visit the resting place of famed French author Albert Camus, and browse the legendary Friday morning market enjoy before stopping for coffee at one of the many terraces.

84160 Vaucluse


Known for its distinctive ruddy color, due to being built from the surrounding ocher cliffs, Roussillon is loved for its trails through the old ocher quarries and a strong artistic scene. Famous former residents include playwright Samuel Beckett, who hid in Roussillon at the end of World War II.

84220 Vaucluse


Cobbled streets, pastel shutters and roses rambling on walls, Seguret is everything you imagine a French village to be. Part of the AOC Cotes du Rhone Villages appellation, Seguret has been a winemaking hub for hundreds of years. Visitors are encouraged to stop by and sample wines at one of the many local vineyards.

84110 Vaucluse

Things to do in Provence

Enjoy driving around this beautiful region, and take your time. Take detours, stop to enjoy the view, or for a coffee as you go. Slip into slow Provence living.

Explore Lourmarin

Take a stroll through the picturesque streets  of Lourmarin and explore the small boutiques and restaurants.  Don’t miss the Boutique de l’Antiquaire for some great brocante, and try to go on a Friday to enjoy the weekly market

Canoeing at Fontaine de Vaucluse

See Provence from the river!  Crystalline emerald waters and picturesque scenery, the river Sorgue is the ideal place for canoeing. Rent a kayak or canoe from Fontaine de Vaucluse and cruise down to Isle sur la Sorgue for lunch.

Wine tasting at Chateau Pesquier

Visit the wine cellars and sample a few vintages, and don’t forget to book their special picnic to enjoy in the grounds.


1365Bis Route de Flassan, 84570 Mormoiron

Hiking around the Mount Ventoux

Nicknamed the Giant of Provence, you can spot Mont Ventoux’s nearly 2 000-meter summit from most corners of the Vaucluse region. Famous for its steep ascent, it is one of the most grueling stages of the Tour de France. But if cycling isn’t your thing, there are several ways to enjoy the climb (or descent), by hiking, on horseback, paragliding or rock climbing. 

Antique fair at Villeneuve les Avignon

Every Saturday morning there is a wonderful antique and brocante fair at Villeneuve les Avignon.   Easy parking, and over 200 vendors make this a great event.   After you’re done with your treasure hunting, wander into the village and find a cute café for lunch.

Carrierès des Lumières

Don’t miss the show at the Carrieres de Lumieres, where huge images are projected onto the stone walls of a former quarry.   The mix of architecture, visuals and music is worth a detour.  Be sure to book early.

Les Baux de Provence

Where to stay in Provence

In Provence you are spoilt for choice when it comes to luxury accommodation. Here is our list of favorites.

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Moulin de Lourmarin

The Moulin de Lourmarin is superbly positioned in the heart of the old village.  Recently renovated, it offers a wide selection of comfortable rooms and restaurant for in-house dining.


Av. Raoul Dautry, 84160 Lourmarin


Domaine de Fontenille

The Domaine de Fontenille stands majestically in a landscaped park complete with two century old trees and its own vineyard.    Two restaurants and wonderful al fresco dining on the terrace.   Also boast a large pool with poolside service.

Route de Roquefraiche, 84360 Lauris


La Bastide de Gordes

In the heart of the village of Gordes, the Bastide de Gordes is a five star hotel, part of the renowned Airelles group.  Large choice of restaurants, and perfect position for visiting the Luberon region of Provence.

61 Rue de la Combe
84220 Gordes

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Le Jas de Gorde

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Route de Cavaillon, 84220 Gordes


Villa Lacoste

A 5 star palace hotel seated among its own vineyards and outsized collection of modern art.  The Villa Lacoste is part of the vineyard Chateau Lacoste.  Outstanding setting, accommodation and of course wine!

2750 route de, 13610 Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade


Crillon le Brave

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Place de l’Eglise, 84410 Crillon-le-Brave 

Where to eat in Provence

Many of the small villages you drive through will offer options for lunch or dinner, sitting at a terrace and watching the world go by. But if you enjoy exceptional food, you can also choose from our selection of top tables in Provence.

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La Bastide

At La Bastide, facing Bonnieux and the Luberon, guests can choose between a gastronomical experience at the Michelin starred Bastide, or a meditarranean bistro of La Bergerie.
Les Claparèdes, 550 Chemin des Cabanes, 84480 Bonnieux
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Chez Bruno

Connoisseurs know that Bruno’s restaurant is a real establishment! With simplicity and subtlety, the “Diamant noir” (black diamond) is available in all its forms. If you do pay Bruno a visit, you must try the baked potato with its truffle cream, the house’s signature dish !

2350 route des arcs, 83510 Lorgues

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La Bastide de Moustiers

The Maison de Coeur of Alain Ducasse is located in the middle of lavender fields and century-old olive trees, surrounded by the sun. Expect exceptional Provencal cuisine that captures the essence of the region’s produce.

Chemin de Quinson, 04360 Moustiers Sainte-Marie

Complement Your Adventure in provence
with our Curated Itineraries

Unlock a deeper exploration of Provence with our expertly curated itineraries, designed to complement our comprehensive travel guides seamlessly.


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