Things To Do and Activity Guide for Provence Vacations
As author Peter Mayle wrote about the countryside of Provence, "Look at those vines ... Nature is wearing her prettiest clothes". He could have been writing about the seas of lavender, the fields of sunflowers, or the glowing stone walls of ancient villages like Roussion and Bonnieux. A year in Provence is not nearly enough. Your WIMCO Villa Specialist can recommend things to do in Provence, then make the reservations for you.
Renowned for incredible wine, Provence offers numerous tours and tastings that will allow you to explore the grapes of the region. From tours including a culinary experience to others focused solely on wine, these wine tours allow you to find your new favorite bottle, and often, to send a case home! Ask us about arranging these for you.
The heart of Aix truly is Cours Mirabeau, a sun-dappled, tree-lined boulevard where the wide sidewalks are always abuzz, described unabashedly by one visitor as "the most handsome main street in France." Sitting outside at a street front café, you may even feel as if you're in Paris. One such café, Les Deux Garçons, has remained "the" place to see and be seen since the 18th century.
Eglise St. Trophime
A Romanesque church with elaborate tapestries and an exquisite cloister, St.Trophime is on Place de la République, a sunny square with benches scattered around a central fountain.
Tour Pope's Palace
One of the largest and most important medieval gothic style buildings in all of Europe. Was once a fortress and a palace as well as a 14th century Papal residence and tours throughout this historic building in Avignon are always offered to the public.
Senaque Abbey Gordes
The main lavender fields of Provence are centered on, and to the north, of the Luberon and Verdon plateau regions to the north of Aix-en-Provence and Marseille, and to the east of Avignon. The flowering season in the lowlands are generally from mid-June to early July.
Gorges de Verdon
Go swimming and diving in the beautiful waters or rent a boat for the day for EUR 150. Classic hiking and sight-seeing tours through the gorges begin at $89 as well if you book in advance.
Parc National des Calanques
Beautiful French national park that is accessible by foot or even kayak. There is no soil in this national park, just waters and rock formations with numerous hiking trails where anybody and everybody are welcome to take an excursion of their own.
Musée de l'Arles
This museum serves as home for many antiquities and sculptures from local culture. As a haven for local artifacts, this museum is wildly popular with locals and tourists who want to get a feel for the culture and history of Provence.
L'Espace Van Gogh
This is a space dedicated to honoring the memory of the artist who spent just over a year in the city and painted more than 300 canvases there.
Pont du Gard
Deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this aqueduct built by the Romans around 19 BC still stands strong and demonstrates the precision of Roman engineering.
Le Thoronet Abbey
Thoronet Abbey is a former Cistercian abbey built in the late twelfth and early thirteenth century. Now restored as a museum, Le Thoronet Abbey serves as a home for Monastic Choir concerts. These performances happen quite regularly during the summer months.
Vignoble de Provence
An absolute abundance of wine regions with different wine tastings offered in each region for all wine aficionados. (Chateau du Seuil, Belambree Estate, Domain de la Brillane, Domaine de l'Amaurigue, etc.)
Carrieres de Lumieres
An old stone quarry has been transformed to project the works of famous artists like Michelangelo and Da Vinci onto the facades of the cave interior. A true sensory experience in Les Baux.
Hot Air Balloon Ride
Discover a new perspective of Provence: from the sky. Embark on a hot air balloon ride and bask in the natural beauty this region is known for.
Dubbed as one of France's most beautiful cities, this tourist attraction id perfect for guests who love sight-seeing or would like a unique shopping opportunity. The city has been described as "breath-taking" and a beauty you need to experience with your own two eyes.
Lavender Field Tours
If visiting Provence in the summer, take a tour of one of the region's biggest exports: lavender. Ask us about arranging day tours that culminate in visiting the local distilleries where you can purchase products.