4 Tips for Summer Travel in Provence
Provence is a amazing place, full of scenery ranging from the idyllic sea side to the rugged beauty of mountains…..and each is filled with charming villages.
As tempting as it is to try and see everything, doing so can leave travelers needing a vacation after their vacation.
Here are 4 helpful tips to help you enjoy your summer holiday.
1 – Limit sight seeing to half the number of days in your trip
To get the most of your sightseeing allow for at least one day off in between each day of driving. Provence is over 250km wide and it covers 325km from the sea to the northern territory. Add to it the number of narrow roads and confusing directions and travel can be complicated.
A vacation in Provence is about more than the amount of territory covered. Enjoy the markets, museums and cafes to get the real feel of French living.
2 – Eat like the locals.
French lunch is served between noon and 2pm. After that most restaurants stop serving in order to prepare for the evening meal.
It is very common for restaurants to stop taking new diners 15 minutes before 2pm so plan accordingly or know the locations of the nearest McDonald’s. Many shops (especially in the villages) close during the same time so go with the flow and stop for lunch.
3 – Follow the theory of a petite sieste
There is a reason for this French custom…..the heat of the day falls in the early afternoon. It can be brutal walking around during that time, especially for the unaccustomed.
Most village buildings are made of stone or clay and many streets are stone as well. The summer heat bakes surfaces and they radiate heat in the afternoon. Add to that the tight quarters and it is like taking a stroll in an oven.
Take a break and do as the French do; head back out later in the day. Almost every shop is open until 7 or 8 pm.
4 – Avoid long drives on Saturdays
French vacation rentals run from Saturday to Saturday. This means clogged freeways, long waits at toll booths and slow driving through villages.
If you are changing locations do yourself a favor, take those drives during the week and spend your Saturday doing something more enjoyable than sitting in traffic.
New items now in the shop
40% off clearance on loads of new sale items