Visiting this historic region in southern France is always a good idea, regardless of the time of year. Every season is amazing in Provence. Now that autumn is right around the corner, we encourage you to know this region that encompasses the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur area, a land that stretches from the Rhône to the border with Italy. With our Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation high-speed trains you can enjoy the autumn colours and Provence landscapes in just a few hours.
During these months you will find Provence at its full splendour. Here are 4 reasons to visit this beautiful French region during the most special season of the year.
Walking among vineyards
Admire the ocher colours of the French vineyards
Autumn is the wine season, which means that it is the best time to walk the countryside among vineyards and enjoy a unique setting. As you probably know, France is a land of wine, and that means that when the time to harvest the vines arrives, winegrowing towns come to life and celebrate their harvest festivities. A good option is to go deep into the Vaucluse department, whose capital city is Avignon, where wineries are abound.
Admiring the lavender fields
Lavender is a hallmark of this region. When summer comes, the fields of Provence are dyed in purple, offering a true visual and olfactory spectacle. While the best times to enjoy this landscape are July and August, the colour remains until the beginning of the fall. The Aix-en-Provence region, very close to Marseille, is one of the most highly recommended areas to witness this natural beauty.
Knowing the rural France
Discover many of the remote villages that populate the region
From the purple lavender fields, we go to the earthen and yellowish colours that are more fitting of autumn. And this is because Provence offers a true diversity of environments. This season is the best to know the more rural side of the country, and there is no better place than this region. Provence is dotted with coquettish towns where one can reconcile with nature, such as Roussillon or Gordes, both located in the Luberon National Park and one step away from Avignon.
Enjoying the tranquility
Taste the local fresh products and its star dish, the Ratatouille
The end of the year means that peace and quiet take hold of the streets in the cities and towns of Provence. After the bustle of the summer season, Provence reverts to showing its more peaceful side – one that will let you enjoy one of the most beautiful regions in France almost all to yourself and in a still mild climate. Take advantage of autumn to stroll around the famous Provence markets and try the land’s delicatessen, visit the main cities with no crowds insight and understand why this region was a never ending source of inspiration for so many painters, such as Van Gogh or Picasso.
Our Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation high-speed trains connect several Spanish cities with the main destinations in Provence. Go visit this autumn!