What Are the Unmissable 21 Things to Do in Provence, France?

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Discover 21 Unmissable Things to Do in Provence, France

Things to do in Provence: almost an endless list. From visiting charming villages nestled in the hills to crystal lakes that you could easily mistake for the sea, there is always something new to discover in this part of France. It can be difficult to pinpoint what exactly to focus on during your trip, so I’ve compiled a list of 21 unmissable things to do in Provence. Bon voyage!

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While in Provence, do not skip the Route des Crêtes

Where to Stay in Provence: Go Glamping at l’Hippocampe

Here comes a little confession: I may live in Berlin, but my family owns a campsite in Provence, called l’Hippocampe. This isn’t any ordinary campsite; it is glamping at its finest, with tons of activities thrown in. Plus, it is a great base to access all the best things to do in Provence.

Over 50 years ago, my family started welcoming guests and have shared their love for the region with innumerable holidaymakers since.

Welcome to glamping in Provence! (Photo credit: Hippocampe)

This was the first time I got to visit the Hippocampe in season and witnessed the action for myself.

If pitching a tent is not for you, you can opt to stay in a modern, air-conditioned mobile home. Set on the banks of the Durance River, the campground harbours pools, a sauna, and (indoor & outdoor) fitness facilities.

There is an extensive entertainment program, with daily activities for children and teens and evening shows for adults and older kids.

The Hippocampe is more of a little village than a campsite. But don’t take my word for it: check out the Hippocampe for yourself.

Things to do in Provence: Must-See Villages and Towns

1. Visit an Authentic Provençal Village: Volonne

Provence has many beautiful villages. Some of these have existed since Roman times and many have not yet been invaded by tourists. Volonne is one of those truly Provençal towns, perched on a rocky hill overlooking the Durance River. As such, a visit to Volonne should feature on your list of things to do in Provence.

With winding alleys, tiled rooftops and stone homes connected to one another, you really do feel miles away from the fast paced, modern world.

The rooftops of Volonne

A few shops, many cats, and about 1,600 people call Volonne home. In the earlier mornings, you can wander the streets and probably won’t run into another soul.

Volonne is not one of those tidy, pristine towns catering to tourists. Rather, it is crumbling and dirty in places. But that’s why it oozes so much charm and character.

2. See the Citadel & Aqueduct in Sisteron

Do not forget your camera when you visit Sisteron. This fortified medieval town, built at the foot of the Rocher de la Baume, is impossible to miss if you’re driving along the Napolean Route.

29 thoughts on “What Are the Unmissable 21 Things to Do in Provence, France?

  1. Provence looks stunning! I love the architecture and landscape, great tips to build a trip itinerary off of!

  2. Provence is one of the few regions in France that I’ve never explored, I think in part it is for fear that it will be packed with tourists heading to the same old spots. Your guide is great as it shows that there is so much more to this region and so many things I’d like to do. I love all the suggestions for lake and river swimming plus SUP – one of the best things to do in France in the summer. Thank you for changing my mind about this region 🙂

  3. Sorry to hear you missed the Lavender fields- they are a delightful sight and would have been a wonderful experience. Loved your detailed notes on Provence and I am sure these will be very helpful for anyone planning a trip in this region.

  4. I have briefly visited Marseilles for a day a few years ago, but I would love to return and explore more of the area. The Gorges du Verdon looks very beautiful!

  5. So glad I have read your list of things to do in Provence as I have been there twice but still missed some places you recommended! I will make sure to check them next time!

  6. What a beautiful post! I’ve been to France but not to the region of Provence. But how I would love to as there is so much to see! Beyond wandering the charming towns, I’d love to swim in the natural pools, go hiking, and of course drink plenty of wine. Saving this for when I get the chance to go!

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