Walking Holidays in Provence
Lazy days among picture-postcard surroundings is the way of life in Provence, a destination best discovered at a languid pace with frequent stops to admire the views. With quaint plazas and magnificent medieval structures, fields of lavender and friendly locals engaged in games of pétanque, the region's sights and scenery, stretching from the River Rhône to the borders of Italy, is best explored on foot.
Whether hiking to the summit of mountain peaks or taking leisurely strolls through Provençal countryside that inspired such artists like Van Gogh and Matisse, the vistas across this popular region are truly captivating. An array of walking trails – ranging from the easy to the advanced – provide the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of these great artists, even travelling into St Remy where Van Gogh created a series of renowned masterpieces. The region has held a compelling magnetism for painters, poets, and writers for centuries, and on a walking holiday in Provence's countryside, with its scattering of villages and towns, it’s easy to see why.
From country to coast
While images of colourful flower fields and sleepy towns are iconic scenes here, heading away from the country towards the Mediterranean coast and the Cote d’Azur presents a whole new perspective of southern France. Lively harbour towns and rugged coastlines mingle with medieval villages and pristine beaches to transport visitors to what feels like an alternate France, while bars and restaurants serve tempting snacks to sustain gentle walks along the Provençal coast. From bustling Marseilles and St Tropez to demure Aix-en-Provence and the peaks of the Luberon mountains, discovering Provence on a walking tour is relaxed and idyllic.