#1 Fairytale Gordes
Gordes is one of the most beautiful villages of the Provence, located between the green hills. We got up early to see the magical sunrise from the viewpoint just outside the village. Spot the ancient castle that served as a fortress in the Middle Ages. Visit the cozy market on Tuesday and stroll along the stalls with spices, jewelry, fresh local food and more. Enjoy the music of street musicians. Walk the steep alleys and often look at a side street, because they will surprise you again and again. If you take one, you’ll end up with the most beautiful views over the valley.
#2 Red Canyon Roussillon
Roussillon, also called the red city, is surrounded by orange/red ochre rocks. Ochre is a pigment and was extracted to give color to, for example, textiles or houses. That is why all the houses in this town have an ochre glow. In Roussillon you can walk through an ochre quarry and discover the ochre landscape in an unique way. Roussillon is a lively city with a lot of tourism, so be there in the early morning. Shop delicious lavender soaps, dried lavender and fine art at one of the many boutiques and score a freshly baked baguette at the local boulangerie to experience the French atmosphere for 100%. And do not forget to look for the city’s loyal guard. A super cute golden retriever, who wanders around and wants everyone’s attention.
#3 Breathtaking Saignon
Saignon is a typical Provencal village. The village is full of charming streets, stores, a square with a beautiful fountain, a unique old library and nice terraces. The real highlight of the village is the gigantic rock that you can climb, with beautiful spots along the way. From the top you have a 360° degree view over Saignon and the vast valley of the Provence full of lavender fields and other cozy villages in the area.
#4 Creative & cozy Lacoste
A little further south lies the cozy mountain village Lacoste. The city is full of art and creativity. This is partly because of the famous fashion designer Pierre Cardin, who bought and restored the castle in Lacoste. Here, he often organises cultural events. For the photographers among us this is a really nice village to photograph. There are lots of Instagram spots in Lacoste; colored doors, plant covered houses, studios, arches and gates.
#5 The characteristic Venasque
In the evenings we often toured around and accidentally came across the small characteristic village Venasque. And it is certainly a hidden gem in Provence. You will find a lot of fun, creativity, nice streets, squares and rooftop restaurants with the most romantic view over the green valley. In this village you will find cats on every corner of the street, ready to be cuddled. A local told us that a woman owns 20 (!) cats. So you’ll have a nice evening with them.
#6 Historic Carpentras
Carpentras was an important trading post in the time of the Greeks and Romans. You can still see the history in the city, such as the city wall and gate, the old synagogue, cathedral and also the cute balconies have a roman style. Besides the beautiful historical features Carpentras also has a nice center with lots of shopping opportunities. Attention! On Sundays (almost) all stores are closed, so it is better to go on Friday, when there is a market.
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