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# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
– 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.