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Where to Honeymoon in Southern France / Provence?

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Where to Honeymoon in Southern France / Provence?

Hi all,

Planning a honeymoon to Southern France for two weeks next spring/summer and would love some opinions on 1) Where our "home base" should be, and 2) Which towns or villages to visit while there. An ideal trip would include:

- A home base tucked into the countryside but not totally isolated (we'll be renting a car)

- Local markets / vendors / cafes / restaurants / communities close by (would love to be immersed in the local culture of a busy community)

- Trips to local wine regions (Rhone, for example)

Would love to live like the locals as much as possible and cozy up next to a town/village that is vibrant and active but not overly touristy. Gordes and Avignon have been suggested by friends so far, but I'd love other opinions.

Thanks all!

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1. Re: Where to Honeymoon in Southern France / Provence?

Picturesque Vaison la Romaine comes to mind - lively, interesting, with a beautiful Provençal market every Tuesday and very close to wine villages like Séguret, Vacqueras, Gigondas.

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2. Re: Where to Honeymoon in Southern France / Provence?

Not really enough info in your original post. Spring, summer, high season? - all very different. Somewhere that is bustling in high season may seem dead outside it, somewhere that is bustling all the time (and Avignon comes to mind) may prove too hot for comfort in high season. And don't forget the Mistral, it can blow, and blow hard, for days on end and the earlier in the season it is the colder it is likely to be.

Presumably, you are going to rent accommodation, if so I would recommend looking for somewhere with a pool in summer, although this is more difficult to find with a small property, you will need it to cool off. A pool is probably unnecessary in spring. If you are thinking of a hotel, you may find that many aren't open 7 days a week outside the high season and, anyway, you will probably find yourselves in need of a change of scenery after one week so I would recommend looking for a couple, say, 150 km apart so the drive between them is easy but they offer different excursion opportunities.

If you do want one centre for two weeks in the summer, Tourtour is quite a lively hill village with reasonable excursion possibilities, but which doesn't seem to get overwhelmed by day trippers.

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3. Re: Where to Honeymoon in Southern France / Provence?

I would reccomend 1 week in Provence and 1 week further east in the cote d 'azure

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4. Re: Where to Honeymoon in Southern France / Provence?

Thanks all!

Becasse - we'd likely be traveling in May or June. Will definitely be renting a home or small villa, and have bookmarked a few around Provence that have lovely pools. Do you think we'd tire of staying in the same location for more than one week at a time? Very open to making more than one home base somewhere in the South.

Doby47 - We've been considering a few days towards the end of the trip in somewhere like Nice or Antibes, but I do really prefer the countryside. Open to the idea though!

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5. Re: Where to Honeymoon in Southern France / Provence?

If you are staying in the same place for a fortnight, and, on balance, I think that's what I would choose with rented accommodation, then you need somewhere where the road links are reasonable in a number of directions as this will maximise your sightseeing opportunities. Fortunately this is easier in Provence than in many other parts of southern France. When you have short-listed a few properties, use the ViaMichelin website to check out journey times from each property to each of the places you are most likely to visit and also note the suggested route(s) on the map which comes up - as obviously you don't want to be constantly using the same basic route and seeing the same scenery.

Be warned that good weather can't be assumed in the way it used to be although, apart from the effects of the Mistral, Provence is likely to fair better than many other areas and that certainly seems to have been true this year. Of course, you might get landed with a canicule as in mid-June this year and it is almost too hot for sightseeing. At least, in May/June forest fires aren't likely to be a serious risk, they are not, anyway, usually much of a risk to life or limb but the resulting widespread smoke haze can rather take the edge off a holiday experience.

Finally, holiday rentals in the area are usually weekend to weekend. If this doesn't suit your overall travel plans one possible alternative would be to rent for a week and spend the days before and after in two different hotels - so that you would get a three-centre holiday but without too much hassle.

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6. Re: Where to Honeymoon in Southern France / Provence?

Hi all,

Sorry to interject myself into this conversation, however we are currently in Italy and wanting to go,to Southern France in early September for about 10 days, so also looking for options. We are in Europe for 5 more months and just booking as we go, not too far ahead.

Your suggestions are interesting, as we too are looking for a nice village but with a few optional activities in the town or close by to make it interesting.

Any suggestions welcome 😃. We love scenery, hiking, bike riding, outdoors.

Thanks

Leanne

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