Your spirits are continuously lifted, driving through fields of lavender, sunflowers, olive groves and fruit orchards. This is an immensely fertile and productive area which is reflected in the villages’ weekly markets where you can buy the local produce and immerse yourselves in the Provençal daily life. Dotted around this verdant countryside are medieval villages, some perched high above you like Gordes with its cobbled streets and roof tops which inspired Van Gogh and Cézanne. You are spoilt for things to explore from historic Roman aquaducts to one of our most favourite expeditions – a visit to the 12th century Abbey of Senanque hidden in a lavender-filled valley.
Cistercian monks still live there producing honey, lavender essence and liqueurs. We would also recommend a visit to the Ochre Museum in the village of Roussillon and to the town of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, known as the little Venice of Provence as it is criss-crossed by canals and rivers.