Hidden Gemsm for Provence
Find great things to do in Provence
The sensual inducements of Provence include sunshine, food and wine, and the heady perfumes of Mediterranean vegetation. Even seven popes, artists such as Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cézanne, and author Peter Mayle all enjoyed their years in Provence. In our travel guide you will find great things to do in Provence.
1. Hidden Gem Provence: Gordes
Ranked “one of the most beautiful villages in France”, Gordes stands on a cliff overlooking the Imergue and Calavon valleys. It is pleasant to walk along the calades – narrow cobblestone roads typical of the region – as they wind their way between old dry-stone houses that rise up in tiers to the castle walls. We recommend a visit in early spring or autumn to appreciate the village’s magic without the crowds of visitors who flock here in high season. Gordes is located 36 km east from Avignon.
Gordes / © Instagram: pauldemeu
2. Hidden Gem Provence: Le Clair de la Plume
In Provence, you’ll find a hideaway in the historical village of Grignan. Le Clair de la Plume offers its tea room and gastronomic restaurant. On fine days, Le Clair de la Plume proposes a natural swimming pool and open-air restaurant with exceptional views over the village of Grignan and the beautiful lavender fields. For fine dining and a romantic dinner we recommend the five course menu and the wine pairing menu to go with it. It is also very nice to just stop here for a tea pause and a piece of cake.
Le Clair de la Plume / © Instagram: gamboaquijano
3. Hidden Gem Provence: Porquerolles Island
Just a short 10-minutes boat ride away from the coast, you get the chance to explore the beautiful Island. The best way to discover Porquerolles is hiking or cycling on the numerous marked trails of the National Park. The island has two facets: on the southern side, the coast is made of steep cliffs and secluded creeks only accessible to hikers. The northern side, on the other hand, offers fine sand beaches and turquoise water. We recommend to check out the The Plage de Notre Dame – a beautiful beach.
Porquerolles Insel / © Instagram: barbara.b74
4. Hidden Gem Provence: Mana Espresso
Mana expresso is the essential address to taste an excellent coffee in Aix-en-Provence. But not only the coffee is worth a visit also the teas, fresh fruit juices and the homemade cakes. How about a delicious carrot or banana cake? If you come for lunch, you can enjoy the variety of fresh and healthy bowls filled with local ingredients. Vegans will come to their expenses here! On sundays Mana offers a tasty brunch, hearty and generous for 17,50 €.
Mana Espresso / © Instagram: onlythefate