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A perfect guide to a romantic weekend getaway to the Provence, France

Strolling through beautiful purple fields of Lavender in the Provence, France

If it’s your first time in the Provence, nothing can really prepare you for its romantic, charming, sunny and fragrant setting. It’s always a pleasure when a trip lives up to its expectations, and boy did the Provence have a reputation to live up to! The Provence embodies every French fantasy and daydream you’ve probably ever had… and then some more.
Enjoying wine, French bread and cheese in France must be any food lover’s dream. Add dreamy villages and endless fields of fragrant flowers to the mix and you get the ultimate layback, romantic weekend in the Provence!

– Where to stay –

Kristof and I arrived to our home for the next four days at Airbnb Les Spirous near Aix-en-Provence (get a discount for your first booking here) and immediately fell in love with the property and its super relaxing vibe.
We had our own maisonette, could use the different terraces on the property and most importantly; a gloriously opulent pool! The perfect location for our romantic weekend in the Provence ❤ ❤ ❤.

Aix-en-Provence

Our romantic AirBNB retreat in Aix-en-Provence
Home cooked meals on our gorgeous terrace in Aix-en-Provence

Stunning BBQ area in our AirBNB in Aix-en-Provence

Cristal blue pool at our Airbnb_Aix-en-Provence
Spending a romantic weekend in the Provence at this gorgeous AirBnb

Enjoying local cheese and wine in Aix-en-Provence

– Transportation –

The best way to see the Provence is by car. There is public transportation available but then you’re limited with timing and the stops you’d like to include along the way. It is super easy to rent a car from Marseille airport and in about 30min we were at our Airbnb in Aix-en-Provence. Having the flexibility of your own car is also a major plus if touring the lavender fields ranks your priority list, certainly if you wish to take some pictures during sunset.

Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque near Gordes

Buying fresh local ingredients from the market
Buying fresh local ingredients from the market
Buying fresh local ingredients from the market

– 7 Suggested experiences for a romantic weekend in the Provence –

# 1 – Visit local markets: Don’t miss out on some local markets like Le Jardin des Senses. We loved browsing the market and purchased the freshest local produce, fromage et vins locals which make for a distinctively French experience that always seems to have a different flavour when enjoyed in its natural habitat.
# 2 – Les Gorges du Verdon: The Provence is full of delights and one of our favourites is found at Lac Sainte Croix: the entrance into the Gorges Du Verdon. The canyon is known for its bright blue waters and is popular among locals and tourists. Though known for its hiking opportunities, we decided to skip the overland discoveries and joined the crowds on the turquoise blue waters with a paddleboat (€15,00 for one hour). If you had the foresight to bring a pick nick, this would be the ideal location to have one: pull up on the bank, take a plunge in the refreshing water and then feast on your pick nick while getting a glorious tan on the rocks of the Verdon riverbank.

Turqoise waters of Gorges Du Verdon in the Provence
Driving the scenic loop at the Gorges Du Verdon in the Provence

Driving the scenic loop at the Gorges Du Verdon in the Provence
The meandering Gorges Du Verdon in the Provence

Taking in the view at one of the viewpoints at the Gorges Du verdon scenic loop
# 3 – Drive the Route des Crètes: Le Palud-sur-Verdon is the starting point for one of the most stunning scenic drives in the area, the Route des Crètes. Along the way you’ll find several marvelous viewpoints (belvédères) over the river gorge below.

# 4 – Moustier-Sainte-Marie: While you won’t see the numerous canyon activities or the bright blue waters at Moustier-Sainte-Marie, we were blown away by the beauty of this gorgeous little village and its narrow winding roads showcasing pastel buildings with tiled roofs and Provençale specialty shops.
Moustier-Sainte-Marie in the Provence
Pastel buildings at Moustier-Sainte-Marie in the Provence
Climbing the stairs to the hidden church at Moustier-Sainte-Marie in the Provence
Moustier-Sainte-Marie in the Provence

# 5 – See the lavender fields: To be honest, the lavender fields is what first caught our attention about the Provence (thanks Instagram!), so we desperately wanted to incorporate them into our itinerary. Luckily, these fragrant purple fields popped up everywhere along our road trip, it was a lavender dream come true! To be able to travel during lavender season was the cherry on top of this proverbial cake.
Lavender fields in the Provence
Lavender fields in the Provence
Lavender fields in the Provence

# 6 – Visit the hilltop villages of the Luberon: The village of Gordes rises stunningly out of the white-rock face of the Vaucluse plateau. The narrow twisting roads and its white washed houses give the village a true romantic charm. Never mind the numerous cute shops selling lavender goodies, the views from Gordes and the surrounding plateau is why we came here! Rousillion on the other hand is equally mesmerizing and surprisingly different due to its dark ochre coloured buildings. Save your sweet tooth for Rousillion and its velvet smooth ice-cream in the most fascinating colours and flavours!

Gorgeous hilltop village of Gordes in the Provence
Gorgeous hilltop village of Gordes in the Provence

Gorgeous hilltop village of Gordes in the Provence
Gorgeous hilltop village of Gordes in the Provence

Amazing views from hilltop village of Gordes in the Provence
The red city of Rousillion in the Provence

The red city of Rousillion in the Provence
The red city of Rousillion in the Provence

The red city of Rousillion in the Provence

The red city of Rousillion in the Provence
The red city of Rousillion in the Provence

# 7 – Les Calanques National Park: If you want to see a magnificent piece of nature, you should head south towards the national park Les Calanques. From the coastal town of Cassis you can either start a spectacular hike along the cliffs of the Calanques which gives you picture perfect views of the beaches and turquoise waters below. When visiting during the hot summer months, the national park is closed due to fire hazard. From the port of Cassis you can embark one of the many boats that offer coastal trips along the Calanques. If you have some money to splurge, you can opt to rent a private catamaran or yacht and cruise the Calanques in style.

The beautiful Calanques National Park in Cassis, the Provence

The beautiful Calanques National Park in Cassis, the Provence
The beautiful Calanques National Park in Cassis, the Provence

The harbor in Cassis, the Provence

The beautiful town of Cassis, the Provence
The beautiful town of Cassis, the Provence
The beautiful town of Cassis, the Provence

– A few things to know –

  • Have some cash on you. We encountered a lot of bars and eateries where plastic was not accepted.
  • If visiting the lavender fields is your top priority, try to visit in June/early July to catch them at their peak. We found the fields around Valensole to be the most beautiful.
  • We were really looking forward to hiking the spectacular Calanques but kinda missed the fact that the park is closed in July and August due to fire hazard. You could try your luck and check their daily calendar for updates, though. If you want to be absolutely sure the park is accessible to do the hike, try to visit the National Park in early June or late September.
We highly encourage you to consider the Haute Provence if France is on your travel bucket list.


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Gorgeous photos! Is it possible for you to share a direct link to the AirBnB place that you rented? 🙂

Along Came An Elephant

Hello Cecilie, unfortunately the property isn’t available on Airbnb anymore 😔
Take a look at the hotels though, they’re equally gorgeous and also amidst the lavender fields: La Coquillade, Le Mas De La Rose or La Bastide du Tinal.

Marlo & Kristof xxx

[…] as log as I can remember! So needless to say I was thrilled when we boarded our plane and headed to the south of France to see those waving fragrant fields of purple. Aix-en-Provence and its adjoining plateaus are home […]

Thanks Hooma! It really is fabulous!

Marlo & Kristof xxx

Sp happy it made it to your 'to go' list!

Marlo & Kristof xxx

You definitely should Lucy! It's amazing..

Marlo & Kristof xxx

haha you're so right Alex! It was a lavender dream come true for us!

Lovely pics! Would love to be here..

Wow great pictures, I know where I want to go to next!

Ok this is just a pure magic! The place is like a dream <) I love all your photos and thank you for the tips 🙂

Awww thank you so much Mie! It was an amazing experince for us and we're sure you're going to love it when you get the chance to go to the Provence!

Marlo & Kristof xxx

Thanks Roman! Always a joy when our readers enjoy our posts!

Marlo & Kristof xxx

aww thank you so much Steph! You're going to love France, no doubt!

Marlo & Kristof xxx

OMG! your pictures are amazing!! I really want to go there right now! I'll save your post on my pinterest because I've really loved it!

So beautiful! Really inspiring story!

Absolutely breathtaking photographs. I hope to have the opportunity to visit France soon, and these photos have inspired me that much more.

Hi Nicola, we were there 1,5 week ago!

Marlo & Kristof xxx

These lavender fields are so beautiful. What time of the year were you there? Thanks for sharing

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