Why visit Provence in autumn

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Provence is known mainly for its verdant hills, fragrant fields of lavender, vineyards and small rustic farms. But the Proven├žal outdoors can be enjoyed just as much after the lavenders had wilted and the grapes had been harvested. If anything, Provence becomes even more magical in autumn, when the light is softer and the colors turn from greens to golds and reds. Life does not stop in Provence once the summer is over, and there are plenty of reasons why you should consider spending the fall months in this scenic part of France. Here are some reasons why you should visit Provence in autumn.

A walker’s paradise

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Provence is a paradise for walkers in the summer months when you are enveloped in the scent of herbs and flowers, but the problem is that the weather can sometimes get too hot for comfort. This is why walkers can take advantage of the mild autumn weather to explore the countryside. Trails range from a couple of hours long to days, so you can either take a break from busy city life and enjoy nature, or embark on a longer walking trip complete with camping or accommodation at countryside inns.

The festivals

Autumn has several great festivals in store in Provence, and if you missed them this year, then you should keep them in mind for next year. Marseille’s Fiesta des Suds is an all around great festival if you like quality world music. The festival ends on October 30, and tickets can be purchased online, so if you happen to be in France now, you might want to check it out.

Truffle season

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In November the truffle season is at its apex, and if you want to be surrounded by this delicious mushroom and taste it in every possible shape and form, then head to Richerenches, one of the truffle capitals of France in the Vaucluse, which accounts for 80% of the country’s truffle production. To take part in truffle tastings, truffle markets, exhibitions and even ceremonies celebrating this expensive delicacy.

Markets in Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence is one of the major trade centers in the south of France, and the little outdoor and farmer’s markets in the city are filled to the brim with the autumn harvest this time of the year. Almonds, bushels of olives and last year’s wine are filling the stalls, as well as all manner of hand crafted objects.

Fall foliage

Aix-en-Provence, photo by Allie Caulfied on Flickr

Fall foliage in Provence is quietly spectacular – with mellow colors, vast open spaces and quiet, especially since most of the summer’s tourists have left Provence by October. Travel to the small town of Les Baux near Arles, where you can watch the leafs turn golden in the shadow of ancient ruins, olive trees and a valley planted with grapes.

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