1. Hidden red treasures
Our adventurous Airbnb host and hostess took us to a very special undiscovered gem in the middle of the nature of the Provence. The drive there was quite an experience itself; a ride in a retro convertible beetle, up the steep and bumpy hill paths. In less than 10 minutes we drove through a small town, called Mormoiron, into the hills and you find yourself in a completely different world. From an open field you walk through a narrow path into the densely vegetated forest. After a few minutes you will walk through a gigantic gorge of red rocks where you can spot ocher.
The area around Gordes is rich in red ocher, so if you search well you can find more of these hidden spots. Ocher is a red / orange pigment extracted from the ground. This pigment was formerly used to give color to clothes or houses in parts of the Provence. Roussillon, also known as the ‘red city’, is a town where all houses are covered with this pigment. It’s something you won’t see anywhere else anytime soon. Do you want to discover more about this special town? Then read our blog ‘6 Most Idyllic Towns in the Provence‘.
As you walk further up the canyon it gets steeper, narrower and muddier, but don’t give up! After 10-15 minutes you will reach a point surrounded by rocks covered with moss and ivy. You can also spot a mini waterfall. For a moment you imagine yourself in the middle of the jungle!
2. Purple lavender fields
The Provence is – rightly – associated with lavender. And we certainly understand why. There are many lavender fields, sometimes miles long. So colorful and the smell is intense and sweet. The best time to visit Provence is between June and August when the fields are in bloom. We have seen most of the fields in Sault.
Tip! The route from Carpentras to Sault is a fun route to drive, you will come across many breathtaking viewpoints where you can admire the lavender fields from different perspectives.
3. The enchanting Abbey of Sénanque
From Gordes, follow the winding roads. At the end you will find the beautiful Abbey of Sénanque. The location makes this spot even more unique. The monastery is surrounded by lavender fields and mountains. It couldn’t be more enchanting, right?! Visit the monastery during the golden hour, when the building will be magically illuminated by the setting sun.