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Provence

Provence, nestled in south-east France, borders Italy and the Mediterranean Sea which means its landscapes are incredibly diverse. The alpine charm of the Southern Alpes meets rolling vineyards, olive groves and the world-famous lavender fields. The south is home to the Côte d’Azur (or French Riviera), where elegance and chic living abounds – Nice, Saint-Tropez and Cannes line the coast and provide a masterclass in glamour.

By contrast, Aix-en-Provence – an historic university town is home to a thriving cafe scene and a plethora of cultural attractions. Marseilles remains proud of its industrial past, sensitively and stylishly incorporating homages to its heritage in a range of architectural reimaginings. Avignon’s celebrated medieval city walls and Palais des Papes are a testament to its heyday as the seat of Christianity, for which it enjoys UNESCO status.

 

What you’ll love most about Provence

  • Visit the historic city of Avignon, known for its Papal Palace and famous bridge, and explore the medieval streets and markets
  • Take a tour of the lavender fields in the Valensole plateau in June and July when the fields are in full bloom
  • Visit the stunning Gorges du Verdon, a river canyon with crystal-clear waters and towering cliffs, and go kayaking or hiking
  • Explore the charming hilltop villages of the Luberon, such as Gordes, Roussillon, and Bonnieux, and enjoy the local cuisine and wine
  • Visit the city of Aix-en-Provence, known for its fountains, art museums, and beautiful architecture
  • Visit the hilltop village of Les Baux-de-Provence and see the impressive medieval fortress and the Carrières de Lumières, an art museum in an old quarry

Where to Book

  • Traditional village home in Provence, France

  • Grasse in Provence

  • Fortified town of Briancon, France in Provence

  • Arles, Provence

  • Aiguines village, Provence

  • Ansouis village, Provence

  • Simiane La Rotonde, Provence

  • Charming medieval town of Gordes, Provence

Average temperature

Information below is based on average highest temperature for each month.

  • 13℃
  • 13℃
  • 15℃
  • 17℃
  • 21℃
  • 24℃
  • 27℃
  • 27℃
  • 25℃
  • 21℃
  • 17℃
  • 14℃
  • 8
  • 6
  • 7
  • 11
  • 9
  • 6
  • 4
  • 6
  • 8
  • 10
  • 10
  • 9

Information above is based on the average number of days which experience some form of rainfall for each month.

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When to Visit

Below gives you information and a rating of the best time of year to visit.

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“At Just You, we’ve been crafting worldwide touring holidays specifically for solo travellers for over 20 years. There’s so much included in our tours: flights, accommodation (own rooms are guaranteed) and all breakfasts. We pack in amazing experiences, as well as free time to relax and explore. With expert Holiday Directors, we’re there for you throughout your trip.”

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Riviera Travel is the UK’s leading luxury river cruise & tour company with over 38 years’ experience in crafting worldwide tours, luxury river cruises, rail holidays and UK tours. Their commitment to quality & thoughtfulness has earned them a coveted Which? recommendation.

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