Provence is an iconic destination. Everybody knows it for its marvellous purple lavender fields that are amazingly photogenic, but if you can believe it or not – we were even more fascinated by some other things to see and do in this region of southeastern France. The breathtaking mountain passes in french Alps, the cute provencal small towns and villages, white horses of Camargue, the deepest canyon in France and the brave and crazy bullfighters of french arenas, where there are not hurting bulls and that are very different than the Spanish ones. Those were among the things we enjoyed the most.

We started our 11 days journey in high parts of Provence – the Alps, then spent some days in the Arles area, jumped to the coast near Camargue and spent the last week in Luberon and Valensole area.

Above is the map of our journey and below is the itinerary with the places we have visited. We were there in late June which was perfect for seeing blooming lavender fields and because there weren’t as much tourists as Provence gets in high season. You can see our detailed Provence travel map here.


Day 1: Col Agnel

Day 2: Col Agnel – Saint Veran – Casse Déserte – Lac de Souliers – Col d’Izoard

Day 3: Col d’Izoard – La Source de Phazy – Bellegarde – Tarascon

Day 4: Tarascon – Arles – Pont du Garde – Tarascon

Day 5: Tarascon – Ste Maries de la Mer – Camargue – Le Grau du Roi

Day 6: Le Grau du Roi – Aigues Mortes – Gordes

Day 7: Gordes – Rousillon – Bonneioux – Saignon – Gordes

Day 8: Gordes – Sault – Mont Ventoux – Aurel – Banon

Day 9: Banon – Gorge du Verdon – Velensole

Day 10: Valensole

Day 11: Valensole


1. If you don’t understand any French you will definitely need a dictionary or some mobile app.
2. A good travel insurance is crucial – we use Coris all the time we are abroad.
3. If you make it to the Camargue region – don’t forget a bucket of mosquito repellent.
4. If you are planning to swim in swimming pools be sure to bring classic swimwear – obligatory for men! In France, bathing in swimming pools in all other swimsuits is strictly forbidden.

Provence is best to visit in late June and early July. The lavender is in full bloom and you will find the landscape in its most stunning version. That was the main reason we visited this part of France in early summer. We ran out of time for visiting more of the coast (Calanques was high on our list), but we still experienced so much and had great time.

We traveled by our own car and were sleeping in campsites. In Provence you can find lot of campsites with nice swimming pools. That’s essential if traveling in summer months, when it can get really hot. Plus it’s a great source of entertainment for kids! Traveling with a car and camping is a very economical way of seeing Provence – we spent only 18,00 – 32,00 EUR per night for the car, a tent and all three of us. We were buying food in supermarkets (it was slightly more expensive than in Slovenia) and prepare it ourselves and we were very satisfied we spent 600 EUR for the whole road trip in one of the most prestigious parts of Europe.

It’s hard not to be impressed by Provence. It has a lot to offer to everyone, rich history, great landscapes, amazing hikes and beaches.