The south of France often symbolizes summer vacation. However, while a seaside holiday can turn out to be fantastic, areas such as Luberon in Provence tend to get crowded during the summer months.
During winter, Provence exudes a whole new charm and tourists are much less numerous. As the climate remains mild in winter, you can explore this region as you wish. In addition, the off-season prices are considerably lower, which is not to be neglected. If you are fans of a quiet and relaxing holiday in the heart of a small Provencal village or, on the contrary, a cultural and more active holiday, you have come to the right place!
For a family holiday well settled in the heart of the magnificent Provencal countryside
In winter, the streets of these villages are generally very peaceful, except for a few hours in the morning when the local market takes place in the streets or in the main squares. As the inhabitants almost all know each other, if you take the time to chat with them, you will quickly feel integrated into the village and will live a unique experience. Rather than going out to a restaurant, use this time to cook Provencal dishes in your cottage, stroll through golden yellow fields or go for the day to one of the neighboring towns
Avignon, Arles, Nîmes, Marseille or Aix-en-Provence are Provençal towns that are very pleasant to visit in winter. The climate of Provence, dry and sunny during this season, will make you want to go out and explore each of these cities. In addition, the tourist sites most popular with tourists such as museums, theaters, the Palais des Papes or Notre Dame de la Garde are much less frequented in winter. You will therefore not have to queue at the entrance to visit them!
Between your cultural visits and shopping, however, don't forget to pop into a café every now and then to drink mulled wine, a local specialty. The latter is the ideal drink to warm you up when the temperature cools and the wind blows. However, you will probably have the opportunity to taste the local rosé wine as well while sitting on the terrace of a café because almost all of Provence enjoys a very mild climate in winter (it is on average 14 ° C in December in this region. !).
Try the winter Provençal cuisine: The dishes offered in winter, based on game, truffles and many herbs, in the various restaurants, will make your mouth water. Settle into an inn and enjoy dinner in a cozy atmosphere, on a wooden table and in front of a roaring fire. You can also choose to cook your Provencal meal yourself in your cottage, which has a fully equipped kitchen where you can enjoy discovering the local products that you have bought from small producers on the markets.
Winter seaside trips in Provence
Even though the Mediterranean Sea is too cold in winter to swim there, the Provencal coastline is definitely worth a visit. The creeks, these coves with steep cliffs, are particularly beautiful during the winter season and are an ideal destination for an adventure during a hike. You can also take a long walk on the beach, then head to the village to warm up in one of the cafes or restaurants. If your choice is a fish restaurant, be sure to try the local fish soup, the traditional bouillabaisse.
Two very pleasant coastal towns to visit in winter are Aigues-Mortes and Saintes Maries de la Mer, without forgetting the blue coast with Carry le Rouet etc ... and of course Marseille and the creeks of Cassis
We hope you enjoyed this foretaste of the activities and tours offered in Provence in the Luberon during a winter vacation. So which Gite do you want?