Provence is magical at anytime of the year, but if you want to experience the very essence of this extraordinary region of France, we recommend that you aim for the spring or fall. Not only will you avoid the scorching heat of summer, but you’ll avoid the hordes of foreign and domestic tourists flocking here in the months of July and August, in search of the perfect Côte de Rhône wine, shot of Mont Ventoux, or Salade au Chèvre Chaud.
Yes, when the tourists go home at the end of August, you will find yourself in quintessential Provence- sleepy stone villages, old men playing games of pétanque, tractors pulling mountainous loads of grapes for the vendage (grape harvest), rows of now sage-colored lavender fields (most of which have been picked for their scented blooms), restaurants full of the local produce harvest, and best of all, endless kilometers of twisty mountain and valley roads with nary a soul to drive them.
There is a reason why so many people fall in love with Provence, write novels about it, rave about its cuisine and return year after year. At In Situ, we think of it as one of our favorite places to relax, unwind and get in some fantastic training rides. It may not have the steepness of Pyrenees or the mythos of the Alps, but Provence is something special, something that is best experienced first hand… and ideally in the non-peak months of the summer.