Four Seasons in Provence

At the peak of summer Provence is a must-see for tourists dreaming of lavender fields, rosé wine, endless alfresco lunches, golden beaches and humming music festivals.

But, as Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence revealed, this part of the world is beautiful, fascinating, maddening, surprising and entirely irresistible all year round.

And, if you have the choice, midsummer in Provence, with its sweltering heat, constant risk of forest fires, choked-up motorways and sky-high prices, is far from the best time to come  - even though, as our summer page suggests, it still has quite a bit to recommend it!

Our section tours all four seasons in Provence, helping you plan your trip and - we hope - inspiring you to discover our region away from the crowds. logoClick here to book a hotel in Provence

Vines MontmirailAutumn is surely the best time of year to visit Provence. Here are five great reasons to come here then, and some of the annual fall highlights in September, October and November.

Niolon in the snowProvence in winter is very different from the tourist clichés of lavender fields and rosé wine. Here are six excellent reasons to explore its undiscovered side in December, January and February.

cherry trees in provence smallForget Paris! Provence in springtime offers just as many equally tempting attractions - and much better weather. Here are five fine reasons to come to the South of France in March, April and May.

Senanque with lavender fieldsDid you really still need convincing? Provence in summer is - despite the heat, the crowds and the soaring prices - the place to be! Here are five fabulous reasons to come here in June, July and August.

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