Equally suited to leisurely sightseeing and outdoor sports, a jaunt to Provence is bound to leave you with vivid, sun-drenched memories. The journey begins on Aix en Provence’s mythical Cours Mirabeau, before heading up into the sweet scented meadows of Valensole. You will then admire the breathtaking Verdon gorges, before treating yourself to a well-earned rest in peaceful Manosque, popular for its maze of picturesque streets.
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The first stage of your trip starts in Aix-en-Provence. Make the most of the cooler mornings to explore the lanes of historic Aix, admiring the lovely old town mansions and paying a visit to Saint-Sauveur Cathedral and its Romanesque cloisters. In the afternoon, venture into the Mazarin district popping into the Granet Museum and finishing at Cézanne’s workshop. Take the road to Manosque via the roads of the vineyard of Pierrevert.
MyTripTailor advice : The Cézanne City Pass offers access to all three of these inspiring and creative sites.
Head to the Plateau of Valensole, part of the Verdon Regional Park renowned for its patchwork of lavender and wheat fields. It is particularly stunning in March when the almond trees are in blossom and in July when the lavender is in full bloom. The plateau is strewn with picturesque villages rich in history. Don’t hesitate to stock up on lavender – smell triggers some of our most vivid memories! Spend the night in Trigance in the heart of the Verdon Gorges.
Pursue your journey through the National Park admiring spectacular gorges dotted with turquoise lakes. The region is riddled with hiking trails, while those in search of stronger emotions will be delighted with the climbing opportunities and white-water canyon descents. Then return to Manosque via the lake of Sainte-Croix and Gréoux-les-Bains, for a last stopover Well-being.
MyTripTailor advice : Canoe fans may like to know that it is possible to rent a boat to explore Lake Sainte Croix.
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