Benefitting from beautiful sunshine and an ideal climate, spring is the best time of year to visit Provence. Discover the remarkable heritage of Avignon and the Ventoux area; marvel at the colourful ochre landscapes, vineyards and the summit of Mont Ventoux; and delight in locally-grown fruits and vegetables...
Nature in Provence
Vibrant orange tones in the Luberon’s ochre landscapes, shades of green in the Côtes du Rhône vineyards and the incredible hues mineral on the summit of the Ventoux...
In the springtime, vines dress in young shoots that will protect their future grapes. Nearby, almond trees begin to blossom, opening their white buds… As a simple stop-off or a great voyage of exploration, touring the Côtes du Rhône by bike is the ideal itinerary for discovering these spring landscapes.
It is impossible to miss Mont Ventoux which stands out on the horizon in the east. Its summit is eternally white: winter snow has given way to a landscape of pale stone. Walking on the heights of the Ventoux is like stepping into another world…
History in Provence
See ruines and monuments from the Roman era to the time of the Popes that bear witness to the richness of Vaucluse’s heritage – some of which are classified by UNESCO as World Heritage sites.
Fast-forward through time to the 12th century at Notre Dame de Sénanque Abbey, a prime example of Cistercian architecture nestled in it’s a picturesque valley.
The Roman Theatre in Orange is a fascinating journey back in time to an illustrious past when the theatre was at its peak. Built under the reign of Emperor Augustus, it is one of the best-preserved Roman theatres in the Western world.
Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site along with the Arch in 1981, the stage wall here still stands today as it did when it was originally built more than 2,000 years ago.
The virtual reality experience is more than worth it to help you visualise the splendour and magnificence of the facade of the stage wall, shown as it would have been at the time, complete with its marble furnishings and 76 grand pillars.
Displayed at set times each day, take a seat and your virtual reality headset and headphones will take you on an incredible immersive journey, where you’ll be transported right back to Roman times. Look around you and witness the construction of the theatre and the city of Orange as if you were experiencint it first-hand.
DIY in Provence
Wine workshops, cookery classes, make-your-own pottery, discover how to make 'santons' (typical Provençal figurines)… Create your own "Made in Provence" product and meet the artisans of Vaucluse.
What could be more fun than sharing and learning, feeling true joie de vivre and the satisfaction of creating something delicious? Feel all this and more in a cooking class!
And to learn what wine is best to go with your chef’s recipe, try one of the "food and wine pairing" workshops at Avignon’s L’Ecole des Vins. .
Prefer to meet the artisans? Go to the route des arts et Gourmandises to learn more about the craft skills of Provence
Gastronomy in Provence
Farmers’ markets, locally-grown fruit and veg, herbes de Provence, olive oil, truffles… The art of living in Provence is also the art of eating well!
And for finding good produce, there’s nothing like market stalls. Whether it be night markets, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue’s floating market, or farmer’s markets, these outings are always the best time to stock up on produce such as vegetables, cheeses, and meats.
Ask the sellers for recipes best suited to their produce and leave with some fresh parsley leaves.