5 Reasons Why July 10-20 Are the Best Summer Weeks in Provence!

The best time to go to Provence. People always ask me that. The answer –well, apart from “anytime” –might not surprise you. For summer time, the best time is July 10-20. And here are my  top reasons:

1. Bastille Day in Provence! Paris is Paris. And Bastille Day is quite an event. But, in Provence, in certain towns and small cities, they have the running of the bulls through the streets. Imagine sitting at a cafe, having a rose, or coffee, and watching the French cowboys herd bulls through the Medieval streets. The boys and young men jump the barrier and chase the bull trying to hold onto his tail. And there are bull fights (the kind where the bull is not hurt.)

2. Fireworks over a castle or ancient fort. When the night sky lights up a castle and then the fireworks pop up over that, that might even be better than the Eiffel Tower. (This is a hard choice to make!)

3. It’s prime festival season. There are wine festivals, village fetes and all manner of special celebrations. Even a melon festival! That means there are parades, special markets, special tastings and lit up village squares where you dance the night away!

4. The best beach weather! The Mediterranean is great in July. The weather is great. The excitement level is wonderful. The sky is blue. And there are street shows to watch almost every evening -as you have your dinner outside looking at the sparkling sea.
5. Lavender. Need I say more? You are assured of lavender all July –and first half of August (depending upon the weather that season. And you are assured of lavender related festivals and special events!

Of course, we love Provence almost all year round! It’s Bliss!

4 comments on “5 Reasons Why July 10-20 Are the Best Summer Weeks in Provence!

  1. Yay for all 5 reasons! I totally aree with you and had the best time last year during July. I saw the fireworks over the ports of La Ciotat and Cassis (for some reason they did thier fete on different days). This year I want to find a town who will shoot them off over a castle. Boy that would make my Bastille Day! I also need to visit the lavandar fields, I missed those last year so it’s on my lists.

    • You might want to try outside of St Paul de Vence or Antibes –and, you yourself will not want to be in the village if you want that view –so you will have to plan ahead and understand the geography (easy for you since you’re already there). It may not for Bastille Day but rather for the village fetes. Other ways to find this are to see who’s shooting them. See where the castles are, and situate yourself with the castle between! Kind of a cool trick! And since it’s July, you should be able to do this multiple times 🙂

  2. Thanks for the tips! Now you’ve got me all excited for my next Bastille Day!

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