Belle Provence Travels

A South of France Blog

What to do in Provence… in the Summer

July 1, 2016

Greetings dear readers and friends. Summer is here! And let me just say, thank goodness… this is by far the most exciting time of the year in the south of France. In our little corner of Toulon, the beaches are not full yet, which makes for great strolls along the seaside and early-morning dips in the Med for the brave of heart!  Plus, festival season is up and running. This is my absolute favorite thing about living in Provence… the food festivals.  In past years, we’ve attended several summer food festivals – many in Toulon but also in neighboring Saint Mandrier-sur-Mer, an Aïoli festival in the village of La Crau, a soupe au pistou festival in Ollioules, and by far my favorite… a rosé wine festival in Pierrefeu (August 6th this year). These are only a small sampling of festivals taking place around the region, and I’ve included several others below, plus links for where to find other fêtes taking place around Provence.

Whether you’re a seasoned south-of-France traveler, or this is your first trip “down south” I hope this list will give you a few ideas of how to best spend your summer in la belle Provence!

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Things have really slowed down in the South. It’s hot, humid, the cicadas are chirping away, and the most strenuous activity involves stuffing a towel in a tote & lugging yourself down to the beach. If there’s a better word than languid to describe this time of year, I’m still searching for it. Then we …

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