Provence, France – Travel Tips by Marianne


What type(s) of travellers would your recommendations for Provence, France suit?

My recommendations for Provence, France will suit families, and also those who love culture and photography.

How many days would you recommend for one to spend in Provence, France?

One week to comfortably visit the many sites that Provence has to offer!

The following food and sight recommendations for Provence, France are saved in a list here to help you plan your trip.

What are the top things to do in Provence, France that you would recommend?

  1. Calanques at Cassis

Just a few km outside Marseilles, this seaside town is the gateway to seeing the famous Calanques a deep, narrow inlet from the sea, featuring steep white cliffs that tower over the town.

Take a boat trip from the pier or kayak if you’re feeling adventurous.

The Calanques are also great for a hike or rock climbing.

Address: 13009 Marseille, France (View on Google Maps)

  1. Arles

Spend some time in this city built by the Romans and where Van Gogh lived and created more than 300 masterpieces!

Follow the Van Gogh trail that is marked out by the public signs or take a tour.

Don’t miss the Roman ruins either, like the Amphitheatre.

Addresses: City of Arles (View on Google Maps)


  1. Pont du Gard
Pont du Gard
Pont du Gard

One of the best preserved Roman aqueducts

Great place to spend a day away from the crowds, suntanning on the river bank and taking a dip in the river.

Also good for history buffs who want to learn about France’s Roman history.

Address: 400 Route du Pont du Gard, 30210 Vers-Pont-du-Gard, France (View on Google Maps)

What are the top things to eat in Provence, France that you would recommend?

  1. Picnic atop Mont Ventoux
View from Mont Venteux, Provence, France
View from Mont Venteux

Have a picnic atop Mont Ventoux after getting fresh produce from a local market.

The views are gorgeous!

Buy food from a local market at one of the towns. The nearest are Vaison La Romaine and Carpentras

Address: 84390 Brantes, France (View on Google Maps)

  1. Market produce – Truffles, saucisson, fresh fruit
Market in Vaison La-Romaine
Market in Vaison La-Romaine

Visit different markets in the local towns.

See here for a list of markets and when they’re open:

The above food and sight recommendations for Provence, France are saved in a list here to help you plan your trip.

Any recommendations on where to stay in Provence, France?

Stay in an Airbnb in one of the smaller towns like Domazan for an authentic Provencal experience

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When is a good time of the year to visit Provence, France?

May, when the days are long but not too hot yet.

How should one get around in Provence, France?

Rent an automatic car that is not too big. There are many steep slopes and the roads are narrow!

What are the acceptable payment currencies and modes in Provence, France?

Cash at the markets. Formal establishments accept credit card.

Any other tips/things to be aware of in Provence, France?

Fly into Marseille to get to Provence.

How should one stay connected to the internet in Provence, France?

Mobile roaming, or get a SIM card from a provision shop (also known as a Tabac).

Cost of Trip

Food – Varies. From EUR 10 to EUR 15 for a budget but good meal, to EUR 40 if you’re eating at good restaurants.

Tell us a bit about yourself

Full-time office drone, and part-time wanderer.