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A woman enjoying 3 days in Provence, France during lavender season

Provence is a beautiful region in the South of France that is filled with lavender fields in the summertime, charming towns and small cities as well as amazing food and wine. The best way to truly enjoy Provence is by spending 3 days exploring the countryside and its wine region.

A woman in the lavender fields of Provence, France

I’ve had the opportunity to visit Provence, France twice – once in early July 2018 and another time in later June 2022. During my first trip to the South of France, I enjoyed 3 days in Provence. I based myself in the fortified city of Avignon and got to visit Roussillon, Gordes and Bonnieux in the Luberon region.

On my second trip, I only revisited Provence on a day trip and got to see the endless lavender fields in Valensole. During that time, I also enjoyed a fun adventure on the beautiful Verdon Gorge.

Best lavender fields in France

In this article, discover the best lavender fields to visit in France and uncover the top Provence 3 day itinerary to follow on your next journey.

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3 Days in Provence, France itinerary

Traveling to and around Provence:

Lavender fields

The best way to visit Provence, is by flying into Marseille Provence Airport. It is an international airport that is around an hour and 15 minute drive from Valensole; a half hour drive from Aix-en-Provence and an hour an 15 minute drive from Avignon. You can find affordable flights through Skyscanner!

A woman walking through the lavender fields

Traveling around the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region can easily be done by renting a car. When I first visited Provence in 2018, a friend and I saw the lavender fields through a tour, but the second time I went, myself and Ashley of World to Wander felt that it was best we explore the region with our own vehicle so that we didn’t miss out on anything we truly wanted to see.

(One thing to note about renting a car in Europe is that you will need to have an international driver’s permit in addition to your regular license. I don’t know how the process works for other countries out there, but for U.S. residents, you could easily obtain one by going to your local AAA office.)

Where to Stay in Provence for 3 Days:

A woman enjoying 3 days in Provence, France

During my first trip to France, where I spent 3 days in Provence, my friend and I based ourselves in Avignon. When I visited Provence, France during my second trip, my friend and I stayed in the seaside village of La Ciotat, outside of Marseille.

Even though there are so many wonderful cities and towns to stay in during your time in this region, Avignon makes for the perfect base since the main TGV train goes there as well as the local trains.

When you don’t plan to rent a car during your Provence, France itinerary and are relying on public transit, it is harder to stay in the other towns that are a bit more remote. Plus, Avignon has so much to see, do and eat, making it a fun spot to stay in. If you’re wondering where to stay in Provence for lavender, there are other charming towns to add to your itinerary like Nimes, Aix-en-Provence and Valensole.

The village of Gordes in Provence, France

Below are the best places to stay in Provence, based on budget. These villages in Provence also have a lot of great rental properties and hostels to stay at.

Avignon:

Luxury Accommodation: La Mirande

Boutique Accommodation: Hotel La Banasterie

Mid-Budget Accommodation: Hôtel Danieli

Budget Accommodation: Regina Hotel

Aix-en-Provence:

Luxury Accommodation: Villa Saint-Ange

Boutique Accommodation: Hôtel Cézanne

Mid-Budget Accommodation: Maison Dauphine

Budget Accommodation: Hotel Des Arts Aix

Nimes:

Luxury Accommodation: Maison Albar Hotels L’Imperator

Boutique Accommodation: Hôtel Jardins Secrets

Mid-Budget Accommodation: Hôtel Marquis de la Baume by Best Western

Budget Accommodation: Vertigo Nimes

Valensole:

Luxury Accommodation: Domaine Ribiera

Boutique Accommodation: Le Jardin de Celina

Mid-Budget Accommodation: Hotel Restaurant Villa Borghese

Budget Accommodation: Les Terrasses de Valensole

3 Days in Provence

If you’re wondering where to go in Provence with a car, below is a great travel guide for you to follow. From wandering through lavender fields to wine tasting, here is the best 3 days in Provence itinerary!

Day 1: Discover What to See in Avignon in One Day

Stunning views of Avignon in Provence

Situated along the beautiful Rhône River is the fortress city of Avignon. During the 14th century, this medieval walled city was the seat of the Catholic popes. It remained under the church until it became part of France in the late 18th century.

Avignon is the perfect city to stroll through. It features gorgeous stone buildings with pastel shutters, a plethora of outdoor cafés and shops, historical landmarks, friendly locals, quaint side streets and beautiful nature spots. The city is a good size, making it easy to walk through.

The beautiful city of Avignon, France

In regards to getting around Avignon, you could find information about tours for both in and out of the city at your hotel’s front desk or the tourism office. In Avignon, people do speak English, but you find some that do not, so it is always important to freshen up on some basic French words.

Getting around Avignon is easy. There is a local city bus called Transports en Commun de la Région d’Avignon, taxis and Uber.

Discover what to do in Avignon in one day:

Savor a Delicious Meal in the Lovely Place de l’Horloge:
Enjoying one day in Avignon during a 3 days Provence itinerary

When you first enter Avignon from Avignon Centre, the Rue de la Republique will lead you straight to the main square, which is the Place de l’Horloge. This lovely square is charming and filled with towering plane trees. Even though this is the area where you will see the most tourists in Avignon, it still maintains its lovely charm.

Enjoying salmon tartare in Provence, France

A delicious French delicacy to savor during your time in the South of France is salmon tartare, which is a spread of raw salmon and seasonings. If you are a seafood or sushi lover like myself, then you will enjoy this dish!

The best restaurants to eat at in Avignon are L’Agapé, Restaurant Sevin, Restaurant L’Essentiel and La Fourchette.

Journey through the Palais des Papes:
Palais de Papes in Avignon, France

The Palace of Popes is located right next to the Place de l’Horloge in the heart of Avignon. Known as one of the most important Gothic buildings in Europe, it is at the Palace of Popes where past Popes used to live.

A woman enjoying Avignon in Provence

I recommend making your way into this palace, during your 3 days in Provence, as it represents centuries-worth of medieval history. When you go inside, you’ll find gorgeous chapels, elaborate tile work, enchanting details and beautiful stained glass.

A church in Provence, France

When it comes to touring the palace, you could either rent an audio guide or take a regular guided tour. I was amazed at this magical palace and the views from it.

Go Back in Time By Walking Over the Pont D’Avignon:
A woman enjoying a summer day in Provence, France

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pont d’Avignon or Saint-Bénézet Bridge was part of the most important pilgrimage routes between Italy and Spain during the Middle Ages. It is a landmark in Avignon that you cannot miss!

Exploring Avignon during 3 days in Provence, France

When you spot the bridge from various points of the city, up to where you first enter, you will notice that there are only four famous arches remaining as well as the Philippe le Bel tower (which is also a cool place to walk in). I like to call it the half bridge! As you walk over it, you could catch amazing views of Avignon, the stunning blue Rhône River as well as the nearby Fort Saint-André.

The Pont d'Avignon

Another cool fact about this bridge is that there was a song made after it called Sur le Pont d’Avignon. It is now known amongst many worldwide.

Relax and Grab an Aperitif at Parc Rocher des Doms:
Exploring Avignon, Provence in one day

During our time in Avignon in July 2018, the weather was HOT! After touring some of Avignon’s famous landmarks, it was nice to cool off by relaxing in the Parc Rocher des Doms.

This beautiful park is serene as it features luscious greenery, a beautiful pond full of ducks and fountains as well as a wonderful bar to grab a snack and refreshment.

A park in Avignon, France

It is at this park where you could catch gorgeous views of Avignon and, on a clear day, you could also see as far as Mont Ventoux – the tallest mountain in Provence. Unfortunately, when we were in Avignon, it was a hazy day, making it difficult to see clearly from afar.

Get Lost on the Quaint Side Streets of Avignon:
Ice cream in the South of France

The side streets of Avignon are beautiful and quaint to walk through, no matter what time of the day it is. It’s the perfect way to escape heavy tourism in the main square and historical landmarks.

Some of my favorite things to do while strolling through the side streets were shopping and eating. There are plenty of places to grab a delicious snack, meal or drink in Avignon.

A performance on the streets of Avignon, France

During our second day in Avignon, both my friend and I witnessed a beautiful street performance from a local theater company. These talented actors and actresses were on stilts and cheered up the entire city. It was awesome!

Day 2: Enjoy A Lovely Day Exploring the Lavender Fields in Luberon

A woman enjoying the endless lavender fields in Provence, France

During your second day in Provence, I suggest doing a full or half day lavender tour in and around the Luberon villages of Bonnieux, Roussillon and Gordes. Follow my Luberon itinerary below!

When I first visited Provence in 2018, my friend and I went through an organized group tour. If you travel to Provence without a car, you can still enjoy the lavender fields on a group tour, but like I mention above, if you truly want to see everything, it’s best to explore the region by getting your own vehicle!

A woman enjoying 3 days in Provence

The lavender in Provence is in bloom during the summer months – mid June through early August. I highly recommend planning your trip to the lavender fields, in advance and during peak bloom, which is anytime between late June and early July.

Lavender in Luberon

Whether you are spending a week in Provence or 3 days, it is best to visit the below lavender fields and experience all that the local villages have to offer. Discover the best summer France itinerary for 10 days!

Usually, it is free to see the lavender fields in Provence, France, but please do not pick the lavender in the fields. You can purchase them from any local store! I recommend that you read any and all signs you come across in Provence because not every lavender field is open to the public.

Capture the First Sights of the Lavender in Bonnieux:
Visiting the lavender fields in Provence, France

Our first stop on the Luberon tour was to an expansive lavender field on the side of a country road (an hour east of Avignon) in a hillside town called Bonnieux. When we first arrived at the lavender fields, I fell in love with them! They were beautiful, smelled amazing and the colors were gorgeous.

Fresh lavender in Provence

One thing to be prepared for are the bees, tons of them to be quite frank! Yes, you may see travel creators capture stunning photos in these lavender fields, but they never let you know about the amount of bees luring inside of them.

Lavender in Bonnieux, France

If you are someone like me who is afraid of being stung, you do not have to fret because these bees are more interested in the lavender than you. Don’t get me wrong, you could still get stung if you bother them, but if you are careful in the fields, you’ll be fine!

Wander through the Earth-Toned Town of Roussillon:
A woman in Roussillon, Provence, France

Known as one of France’s most beautiful towns, Roussillon is a village that should not be missed when visiting Provence. This beautiful village is located atop of a hill and features red ochre cliffs, making it known as the Grand Canyon of France and the Colorado Provençal! You must not miss out on visiting Roussillon during your 3 days in Provence.

Sentier des Ocres in Roussillon

One of the most popular things to do in Roussillon is hike the Sentier des Ocres, a stunning natural site. If you decide to walk the trails (which is €2.50), it will lead you into a gorgeous red-rock wonder! You could also catch incredible views of the Roussillon countryside and even spot some lavender fields from there.

A woman exploring Roussillon in Provence, France

Another amazing thing to do in Roussillon is stroll through the quaint town. There are quiet cobblestone streets featuring gorgeous homes in the typical Roussillon ochre-washed color. They even have gorgeous pastel blue shutters. It is so admirable!

A woman exploring the ochre-washed colored town of Roussillon during her 3 days in Provence itinerary

Other things you could do in Roussillon are grab some lavender crème glacée (ice cream), enjoy an aperitif (drink), souvenir shop and visit a church.

Stroll through the Lavender Fields of Roussillon’s Countryside:
A woman at a lavender field in Roussillon, France

Some of my favorite lavender fields in Provence are in the countryside of Roussillon. These lavender fields were in full bloom and some of the most wondrous we saw during the Luberon tour. Everything about these fields were enchanting.

Catch the Stunning Views of Gordes:
A woman at Gordes in Provence, France

Gordes is a beautiful and quiet hilltop village that features stunning cliffside homes and villas. As beautiful as this town is, I only recommend paying a visit to it if you are looking for a lovely place to grab lunch or dinner. It also makes for wonderful photo opportunities during your 3 days in Provence!

Feel Like You’re in a Fairytale at Abbaye Notre Dame de Senanqué:
A woman enjoying the lavender at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque

Another one of my favorite sites during my lavender fields tour was Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque. This picturesque Cistercian abbey is located right outside of Gordes and features beautiful lavender fields.

Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque during lavender season in France

Because Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque is a sacred place, you will not be allowed to walk through the lavender rows near the church. You could, however, venture out and find some lovely fields further away.

A woman at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque in Provence, France

One thing to note about visiting Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque is that it is situated in a valley, where the lavender is not exposed to much sunlight. Because of the limited sunlight, the lavender in front of the church never fully blooms.

You can visit the inside of the abbey through a guided tour only. It cost €8.50 for an adult ticket, €5 for a student ticket, €3.50 for a child’s ticket and it’s free for young children under 6 and members of religious order.

Day 3: Visit the Lavender Fields in Valensole and Have Fun on Verdon Gorge

A woman at Verdon Gorge during her 3 days in Provence itinerary

Save the best for last! On your third day in Provence, I suggest visiting the breathtaking, endless lavender fields in Valensole; enjoying a day on the water at Gorges du Verdon and then wine tasting at the famous Whispering Angel winery.

Explore the Endless Lavender Fields in Valensole:
A woman enjoying the lavender fields during her 3 days in Provence, France itinerary

There is something about the fresh smell of lavender, the peacefulness and the never-ending fields in Valensole. I got to visit Valensole during my second time in Provence and due to the fact that we visited in mid June, the lavender wasn’t in full bloom yet. It was still beautiful and worth the day trip!

Here is a list of the top lavender farms to visit in Valensole that will make you feel like you’re wandering through endless fields:

Les Grandes Marges

A woman in Valensole, France

Terraroma Lavande Amandes

A woman in the lavender fields of Provence, France

Lavender Angelvin

A woman at the popular Lavender Angelvin in Valensole

Puimisson Lavender

A woman at the lavender fields in Valensole during her 3 days in Provence itinerary

In addition to seeing the gorgeous lavender fields, I also recommend visiting the actual village of Valensole. You can find lovely shops that sell soap, household items and fresh lavender to bring home. There are also cafés, restaurants, lavender ice cream shops and more in this quaint town.

Cool off on the Water at Gorges du Verdon:
A woman enjoying a day at Gorges du Verdon in Provence, France

Gorges du Verdon, or Verdon Gorge, was once underwater over 250 millions years ago. Through some glacier shifting, this limestone gorge was formed and now travelers, from all over the world, visit the South of France to enjoy it.

Verdon Gorge in France

On a day trip to Verdon Gorge, during your 3 days in Provence, you can enjoy hiking, rock climbing and fun water sports. One of the best ways to enjoy the gorge is by renting a paddle boat, for a couple hours, on the Lac de Sainte-Croix.

The water on Lake Sainte-Croix is a beautiful emerald color and as you paddle your way through the canyon, you’ll be amazed by how incredible the nature is at this spot!

Verdon Gorge in Provence

Lake Sainte-Croix is a popular spot for visitors and locals alike to kayak, cliff jump and also enjoy a picnic along the shores of the lake. If you’re short on time, I still recommend enjoying the postcard perfect view from the Galetas Bridge.

Wine Taste at Chateau d’Esclans:
A woman at Chateau d'Esclans for wine tasting

Another awesome thing to do with three days in Provence is to go wine tasting! Provence has a millennium-old wine growing history, specializing in rosé. During your 3 days in Provence, France, it is a must to visit at least one winery in this special region.

When I revisited Provence in 2022, Ashley and I made our way to Chateau d’Esclans, which is home to the famous Whispering Angel rosé. Northeast of St. Tropez, Chateau d’Esclans is a beautiful property where you can taste The Pale, The Beach, Whispering Angel and Rock Angel rosé. We also were able to try the Garrus, which is made from a single vineyard of nearly 100 year-old vines.

In addition to wine tasting, you can also do a tour at Chateau d’Esclans and learn all about the process and production of these refreshing rosé wines. The winemakers at this dreamy winery determine whether they should use barrel fermented aged wine or stainless steel fermented wine.

One thing to note about visiting Chateau d’Esclans is that the owner still lives in the chateau itself, so you cannot go inside, take a tour of it or even grab photos of the building. The chateau was designed by architect Sacha Lichine.

Optional Things to do if You’re Spending a Week in Provence:

A woman enjoying 3 days in Provence, France
  • Enjoy the nature at Île de Piot, Avignon’s island. It is here where you could ride bikes, hike, have a picnic, camp and enjoy a great meal at Le Bercail on the Rhône River. (This is what we did.)
  • Visit one of Marseille‘s beaches.
  • Do a day trip to the towns of Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Nimes, Saint Remy de Provence and/or any other town in the South of France.
  • Discover the magnificent waterfalls at Les Cascades de Sillans.
  • Tour the factory and lavender fields of L’Occitane.

A woman in the Luberon lavender fields in Provence

I hope you all enjoyed reading this Provence travel blog and discovering the best things to do in this beautiful region of France. If you have any questions about my time in Provence, contact me at [email protected]

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  1. Taylor's Travel Blog on August 30, 2018 at 11:33 am

    […] the TGV train down to the South of France where we explored the lavender fields and small towns of Provence. After spending a few days in Provence, we then made our way back up to Paris where we would fly […]

  2. Kim Deer on August 5, 2022 at 10:04 pm

    This region in France ~ Provence looks so breathtaking! Love all the nature places to visit ~ lavender fields, the gorge, wineries, villages, etc. France is on my bucket list and this region is where I want to stay! I love all the beautiful places located there ~ another great educating blog ~ thank you for sharing all your amazing adventures! Love you, mom 👩🏻 xoxo ♥️

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A woman enjoying 3 days in Provence, France during lavender season

Provence is a beautiful region in the South of France that is filled with lavender fields in the summertime, charming towns and small cities as well as amazing food and wine. The best way to truly enjoy Provence is by spending 3 days exploring the countryside and its wine region.

A woman in the lavender fields of Provence, France

I’ve had the opportunity to visit Provence, France twice – once in early July 2018 and another time in later June 2022. During my first trip to the South of France, I enjoyed 3 days in Provence. I based myself in the fortified city of Avignon and got to visit Roussillon, Gordes and Bonnieux in the Luberon region.

On my second trip, I only revisited Provence on a day trip and got to see the endless lavender fields in Valensole. During that time, I also enjoyed a fun adventure on the beautiful Verdon Gorge.

Best lavender fields in France

In this article, discover the best lavender fields to visit in France and uncover the top Provence 3 day itinerary to follow on your next journey.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like.


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3 Days in Provence, France itinerary

Traveling to and around Provence:

Lavender fields

The best way to visit Provence, is by flying into Marseille Provence Airport. It is an international airport that is around an hour and 15 minute drive from Valensole; a half hour drive from Aix-en-Provence and an hour an 15 minute drive from Avignon. You can find affordable flights through Skyscanner!

A woman walking through the lavender fields

Traveling around the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region can easily be done by renting a car. When I first visited Provence in 2018, a friend and I saw the lavender fields through a tour, but the second time I went, myself and Ashley of World to Wander felt that it was best we explore the region with our own vehicle so that we didn’t miss out on anything we truly wanted to see.

(One thing to note about renting a car in Europe is that you will need to have an international driver’s permit in addition to your regular license. I don’t know how the process works for other countries out there, but for U.S. residents, you could easily obtain one by going to your local AAA office.)

Where to Stay in Provence for 3 Days:

A woman enjoying 3 days in Provence, France

During my first trip to France, where I spent 3 days in Provence, my friend and I based ourselves in Avignon. When I visited Provence, France during my second trip, my friend and I stayed in the seaside village of La Ciotat, outside of Marseille.

Even though there are so many wonderful cities and towns to stay in during your time in this region, Avignon makes for the perfect base since the main TGV train goes there as well as the local trains.

When you don’t plan to rent a car during your Provence, France itinerary and are relying on public transit, it is harder to stay in the other towns that are a bit more remote. Plus, Avignon has so much to see, do and eat, making it a fun spot to stay in. If you’re wondering where to stay in Provence for lavender, there are other charming towns to add to your itinerary like Nimes, Aix-en-Provence and Valensole.

The village of Gordes in Provence, France

Below are the best places to stay in Provence, based on budget. These villages in Provence also have a lot of great rental properties and hostels to stay at.

Avignon:

Luxury Accommodation: La Mirande

Boutique Accommodation: Hotel La Banasterie

Mid-Budget Accommodation: Hôtel Danieli

Budget Accommodation: Regina Hotel

Aix-en-Provence:

Luxury Accommodation: Villa Saint-Ange

Boutique Accommodation: Hôtel Cézanne

Mid-Budget Accommodation: Maison Dauphine

Budget Accommodation: Hotel Des Arts Aix

Nimes:

Luxury Accommodation: Maison Albar Hotels L’Imperator

Boutique Accommodation: Hôtel Jardins Secrets

Mid-Budget Accommodation: Hôtel Marquis de la Baume by Best Western

Budget Accommodation: Vertigo Nimes

Valensole:

Luxury Accommodation: Domaine Ribiera

Boutique Accommodation: Le Jardin de Celina

Mid-Budget Accommodation: Hotel Restaurant Villa Borghese

Budget Accommodation: Les Terrasses de Valensole

3 Days in Provence

If you’re wondering where to go in Provence with a car, below is a great travel guide for you to follow. From wandering through lavender fields to wine tasting, here is the best 3 days in Provence itinerary!

Day 1: Discover What to See in Avignon in One Day

Stunning views of Avignon in Provence

Situated along the beautiful Rhône River is the fortress city of Avignon. During the 14th century, this medieval walled city was the seat of the Catholic popes. It remained under the church until it became part of France in the late 18th century.

Avignon is the perfect city to stroll through. It features gorgeous stone buildings with pastel shutters, a plethora of outdoor cafés and shops, historical landmarks, friendly locals, quaint side streets and beautiful nature spots. The city is a good size, making it easy to walk through.

The beautiful city of Avignon, France

In regards to getting around Avignon, you could find information about tours for both in and out of the city at your hotel’s front desk or the tourism office. In Avignon, people do speak English, but you find some that do not, so it is always important to freshen up on some basic French words.

Getting around Avignon is easy. There is a local city bus called Transports en Commun de la Région d’Avignon, taxis and Uber.

Discover what to do in Avignon in one day:

Savor a Delicious Meal in the Lovely Place de l’Horloge:
Enjoying one day in Avignon during a 3 days Provence itinerary

When you first enter Avignon from Avignon Centre, the Rue de la Republique will lead you straight to the main square, which is the Place de l’Horloge. This lovely square is charming and filled with towering plane trees. Even though this is the area where you will see the most tourists in Avignon, it still maintains its lovely charm.

Enjoying salmon tartare in Provence, France

A delicious French delicacy to savor during your time in the South of France is salmon tartare, which is a spread of raw salmon and seasonings. If you are a seafood or sushi lover like myself, then you will enjoy this dish!

The best restaurants to eat at in Avignon are L’Agapé, Restaurant Sevin, Restaurant L’Essentiel and La Fourchette.

Journey through the Palais des Papes:
Palais de Papes in Avignon, France

The Palace of Popes is located right next to the Place de l’Horloge in the heart of Avignon. Known as one of the most important Gothic buildings in Europe, it is at the Palace of Popes where past Popes used to live.

A woman enjoying Avignon in Provence

I recommend making your way into this palace, during your 3 days in Provence, as it represents centuries-worth of medieval history. When you go inside, you’ll find gorgeous chapels, elaborate tile work, enchanting details and beautiful stained glass.

A church in Provence, France

When it comes to touring the palace, you could either rent an audio guide or take a regular guided tour. I was amazed at this magical palace and the views from it.

Go Back in Time By Walking Over the Pont D’Avignon:
A woman enjoying a summer day in Provence, France

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pont d’Avignon or Saint-Bénézet Bridge was part of the most important pilgrimage routes between Italy and Spain during the Middle Ages. It is a landmark in Avignon that you cannot miss!

Exploring Avignon during 3 days in Provence, France

When you spot the bridge from various points of the city, up to where you first enter, you will notice that there are only four famous arches remaining as well as the Philippe le Bel tower (which is also a cool place to walk in). I like to call it the half bridge! As you walk over it, you could catch amazing views of Avignon, the stunning blue Rhône River as well as the nearby Fort Saint-André.

The Pont d'Avignon

Another cool fact about this bridge is that there was a song made after it called Sur le Pont d’Avignon. It is now known amongst many worldwide.

Relax and Grab an Aperitif at Parc Rocher des Doms:
Exploring Avignon, Provence in one day

During our time in Avignon in July 2018, the weather was HOT! After touring some of Avignon’s famous landmarks, it was nice to cool off by relaxing in the Parc Rocher des Doms.

This beautiful park is serene as it features luscious greenery, a beautiful pond full of ducks and fountains as well as a wonderful bar to grab a snack and refreshment.

A park in Avignon, France

It is at this park where you could catch gorgeous views of Avignon and, on a clear day, you could also see as far as Mont Ventoux – the tallest mountain in Provence. Unfortunately, when we were in Avignon, it was a hazy day, making it difficult to see clearly from afar.

Get Lost on the Quaint Side Streets of Avignon:
Ice cream in the South of France

The side streets of Avignon are beautiful and quaint to walk through, no matter what time of the day it is. It’s the perfect way to escape heavy tourism in the main square and historical landmarks.

Some of my favorite things to do while strolling through the side streets were shopping and eating. There are plenty of places to grab a delicious snack, meal or drink in Avignon.

A performance on the streets of Avignon, France

During our second day in Avignon, both my friend and I witnessed a beautiful street performance from a local theater company. These talented actors and actresses were on stilts and cheered up the entire city. It was awesome!

Day 2: Enjoy A Lovely Day Exploring the Lavender Fields in Luberon

A woman enjoying the endless lavender fields in Provence, France

During your second day in Provence, I suggest doing a full or half day lavender tour in and around the Luberon villages of Bonnieux, Roussillon and Gordes. Follow my Luberon itinerary below!

When I first visited Provence in 2018, my friend and I went through an organized group tour. If you travel to Provence without a car, you can still enjoy the lavender fields on a group tour, but like I mention above, if you truly want to see everything, it’s best to explore the region by getting your own vehicle!

A woman enjoying 3 days in Provence

The lavender in Provence is in bloom during the summer months – mid June through early August. I highly recommend planning your trip to the lavender fields, in advance and during peak bloom, which is anytime between late June and early July.

Lavender in Luberon

Whether you are spending a week in Provence or 3 days, it is best to visit the below lavender fields and experience all that the local villages have to offer. Discover the best summer France itinerary for 10 days!

Usually, it is free to see the lavender fields in Provence, France, but please do not pick the lavender in the fields. You can purchase them from any local store! I recommend that you read any and all signs you come across in Provence because not every lavender field is open to the public.

Capture the First Sights of the Lavender in Bonnieux:
Visiting the lavender fields in Provence, France

Our first stop on the Luberon tour was to an expansive lavender field on the side of a country road (an hour east of Avignon) in a hillside town called Bonnieux. When we first arrived at the lavender fields, I fell in love with them! They were beautiful, smelled amazing and the colors were gorgeous.

Fresh lavender in Provence

One thing to be prepared for are the bees, tons of them to be quite frank! Yes, you may see travel creators capture stunning photos in these lavender fields, but they never let you know about the amount of bees luring inside of them.

Lavender in Bonnieux, France

If you are someone like me who is afraid of being stung, you do not have to fret because these bees are more interested in the lavender than you. Don’t get me wrong, you could still get stung if you bother them, but if you are careful in the fields, you’ll be fine!

Wander through the Earth-Toned Town of Roussillon:
A woman in Roussillon, Provence, France

Known as one of France’s most beautiful towns, Roussillon is a village that should not be missed when visiting Provence. This beautiful village is located atop of a hill and features red ochre cliffs, making it known as the Grand Canyon of France and the Colorado Provençal! You must not miss out on visiting Roussillon during your 3 days in Provence.

Sentier des Ocres in Roussillon

One of the most popular things to do in Roussillon is hike the Sentier des Ocres, a stunning natural site. If you decide to walk the trails (which is €2.50), it will lead you into a gorgeous red-rock wonder! You could also catch incredible views of the Roussillon countryside and even spot some lavender fields from there.

A woman exploring Roussillon in Provence, France

Another amazing thing to do in Roussillon is stroll through the quaint town. There are quiet cobblestone streets featuring gorgeous homes in the typical Roussillon ochre-washed color. They even have gorgeous pastel blue shutters. It is so admirable!

A woman exploring the ochre-washed colored town of Roussillon during her 3 days in Provence itinerary

Other things you could do in Roussillon are grab some lavender crème glacée (ice cream), enjoy an aperitif (drink), souvenir shop and visit a church.

Stroll through the Lavender Fields of Roussillon’s Countryside:
A woman at a lavender field in Roussillon, France

Some of my favorite lavender fields in Provence are in the countryside of Roussillon. These lavender fields were in full bloom and some of the most wondrous we saw during the Luberon tour. Everything about these fields were enchanting.

Catch the Stunning Views of Gordes:
A woman at Gordes in Provence, France

Gordes is a beautiful and quiet hilltop village that features stunning cliffside homes and villas. As beautiful as this town is, I only recommend paying a visit to it if you are looking for a lovely place to grab lunch or dinner. It also makes for wonderful photo opportunities during your 3 days in Provence!

Feel Like You’re in a Fairytale at Abbaye Notre Dame de Senanqué:
A woman enjoying the lavender at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque

Another one of my favorite sites during my lavender fields tour was Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque. This picturesque Cistercian abbey is located right outside of Gordes and features beautiful lavender fields.

Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque during lavender season in France

Because Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque is a sacred place, you will not be allowed to walk through the lavender rows near the church. You could, however, venture out and find some lovely fields further away.

A woman at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque in Provence, France

One thing to note about visiting Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque is that it is situated in a valley, where the lavender is not exposed to much sunlight. Because of the limited sunlight, the lavender in front of the church never fully blooms.

You can visit the inside of the abbey through a guided tour only. It cost €8.50 for an adult ticket, €5 for a student ticket, €3.50 for a child’s ticket and it’s free for young children under 6 and members of religious order.

Day 3: Visit the Lavender Fields in Valensole and Have Fun on Verdon Gorge

A woman at Verdon Gorge during her 3 days in Provence itinerary

Save the best for last! On your third day in Provence, I suggest visiting the breathtaking, endless lavender fields in Valensole; enjoying a day on the water at Gorges du Verdon and then wine tasting at the famous Whispering Angel winery.

Explore the Endless Lavender Fields in Valensole:
A woman enjoying the lavender fields during her 3 days in Provence, France itinerary

There is something about the fresh smell of lavender, the peacefulness and the never-ending fields in Valensole. I got to visit Valensole during my second time in Provence and due to the fact that we visited in mid June, the lavender wasn’t in full bloom yet. It was still beautiful and worth the day trip!

Here is a list of the top lavender farms to visit in Valensole that will make you feel like you’re wandering through endless fields:

Les Grandes Marges

A woman in Valensole, France

Terraroma Lavande Amandes

A woman in the lavender fields of Provence, France

Lavender Angelvin

A woman at the popular Lavender Angelvin in Valensole

Puimisson Lavender

A woman at the lavender fields in Valensole during her 3 days in Provence itinerary

In addition to seeing the gorgeous lavender fields, I also recommend visiting the actual village of Valensole. You can find lovely shops that sell soap, household items and fresh lavender to bring home. There are also cafés, restaurants, lavender ice cream shops and more in this quaint town.

Cool off on the Water at Gorges du Verdon:
A woman enjoying a day at Gorges du Verdon in Provence, France

Gorges du Verdon, or Verdon Gorge, was once underwater over 250 millions years ago. Through some glacier shifting, this limestone gorge was formed and now travelers, from all over the world, visit the South of France to enjoy it.

Verdon Gorge in France

On a day trip to Verdon Gorge, during your 3 days in Provence, you can enjoy hiking, rock climbing and fun water sports. One of the best ways to enjoy the gorge is by renting a paddle boat, for a couple hours, on the Lac de Sainte-Croix.

The water on Lake Sainte-Croix is a beautiful emerald color and as you paddle your way through the canyon, you’ll be amazed by how incredible the nature is at this spot!

Verdon Gorge in Provence

Lake Sainte-Croix is a popular spot for visitors and locals alike to kayak, cliff jump and also enjoy a picnic along the shores of the lake. If you’re short on time, I still recommend enjoying the postcard perfect view from the Galetas Bridge.

Wine Taste at Chateau d’Esclans:
A woman at Chateau d'Esclans for wine tasting

Another awesome thing to do with three days in Provence is to go wine tasting! Provence has a millennium-old wine growing history, specializing in rosé. During your 3 days in Provence, France, it is a must to visit at least one winery in this special region.

When I revisited Provence in 2022, Ashley and I made our way to Chateau d’Esclans, which is home to the famous Whispering Angel rosé. Northeast of St. Tropez, Chateau d’Esclans is a beautiful property where you can taste The Pale, The Beach, Whispering Angel and Rock Angel rosé. We also were able to try the Garrus, which is made from a single vineyard of nearly 100 year-old vines.

In addition to wine tasting, you can also do a tour at Chateau d’Esclans and learn all about the process and production of these refreshing rosé wines. The winemakers at this dreamy winery determine whether they should use barrel fermented aged wine or stainless steel fermented wine.

One thing to note about visiting Chateau d’Esclans is that the owner still lives in the chateau itself, so you cannot go inside, take a tour of it or even grab photos of the building. The chateau was designed by architect Sacha Lichine.

Optional Things to do if You’re Spending a Week in Provence:

A woman enjoying 3 days in Provence, France
  • Enjoy the nature at Île de Piot, Avignon’s island. It is here where you could ride bikes, hike, have a picnic, camp and enjoy a great meal at Le Bercail on the Rhône River. (This is what we did.)
  • Visit one of Marseille‘s beaches.
  • Do a day trip to the towns of Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Nimes, Saint Remy de Provence and/or any other town in the South of France.
  • Discover the magnificent waterfalls at Les Cascades de Sillans.
  • Tour the factory and lavender fields of L’Occitane.

A woman in the Luberon lavender fields in Provence

I hope you all enjoyed reading this Provence travel blog and discovering the best things to do in this beautiful region of France. If you have any questions about my time in Provence, contact me at [email protected]

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2 Comments

  1. Taylor's Travel Blog on August 30, 2018 at 11:33 am

    […] the TGV train down to the South of France where we explored the lavender fields and small towns of Provence. After spending a few days in Provence, we then made our way back up to Paris where we would fly […]

  2. Kim Deer on August 5, 2022 at 10:04 pm

    This region in France ~ Provence looks so breathtaking! Love all the nature places to visit ~ lavender fields, the gorge, wineries, villages, etc. France is on my bucket list and this region is where I want to stay! I love all the beautiful places located there ~ another great educating blog ~ thank you for sharing all your amazing adventures! Love you, mom 👩🏻 xoxo ♥️

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