The most beautiful villages in Provence to take amazing couples pictures
So, you’re heading to Provence for your holidays and you’d like to take some awesome, beautiful couples pictures while you’re travelling in order to have memories to cherish forever? What a great idea!
Provence boasts with amazing, ancient and beautiful villages you will love visiting in any season. But it can sometimes be a little bit overwhelming to choose which ones to visit, which are the best ones, and which will offer the less-crowded-yet-delicious-environment for your pictures.
I lived in Provence for 15 years (from 4 years old all the way after high school) and my parents love to drive around and discover quaint villages and little off-the-beaten-path places, this is why I created this list: it featues all the little gems you will find in Provence and you can visit any time and take pictures!
And if you’re looking for an even more amazing experience, I would love to be your photographer and guide you through the little narrow streets of the most beautiful little towns in Provence.
Gordes is a hilltop village overlooking the Luberon mountain and the plain of Gordes, and offers some amazing spots anywhere in tis town center. You will find narrow streets with tons of flowers, ancients villas, icecream parlors, arts and crafts, and many other delicious things perfect for a stroll in a sunny afternoon.
Tip: Gordes is best visited from the end of June to the end of July because it’s lavender season in Provence and trust me, you don’t want to miss it! Pay a visit to the Abbaye de Sénanque for a treat!
This is one of the biggest towns of the department, but it’s still very small. Forcalquier has some beautiful streets and if you feel like it, you can walk all the way up to the top of the hill for a beautiful panoramic view on the region.
Tip: Make sure to visit any Monday morning, when the local market takes place. You will find delicious specialties and French foods to die for.
If you’re looking for a medieval village that has entirely been renovated following a strict guideline in order to never alter its beauty, and has a beautiful open view on the Alps, then Banon is your place. You can even buy some delicatessen on the main square of the village and take it with you for a picnic.
Tip: Don’t forget to go all the way uphill to visit the church, where is is always a beautiful art exhiition taking place so you can discover the artist of the month.
This is a very special place as this village is not very touristic, but it’s absolutely gorgeous. You can stroll in its narrow streets and find little gems everywhere you will look.
Tip: Make sure to find a viewpoint to enjoy a beautiful panorama on the Alps and the lavender fields nearby. Visit in the evening for a beautiful golden light in the narrow streets.
This little village boasts with narrow streets where the wind seems to play with wind chimes and wild flowers. You can go all the way up and discover a labyrinth of little streets leading to little houses with a view on the valley.
Tip: If you’re going to Lurs, make sure to pay a visit to the Ganagobie Monasterynearby, where you will find absolutely gorgeous scuptures and a beautiful viewpoint on the Durance valley.
At an altitude of 700 meters between fields of lavender and scrubland, fir trees and beeches, on the southern slope of the Montagne de Lure is the village of Cruis distinguished by its two flowers, awarded by the National Competition of Cities and Flowering Villages.
Tip: Near Cruis you will find the beautiful Montagne de Lure and it’s definitely worth a visit. You can park by the antenna and walk all the way to the top for an absolute breathtaking view on the whole Alps.
7) Les Baux de Provence
The village of Baux-de-Provence is a destination of choice. With 22 listed monuments, the rocky outcrop of the village, nestled in the heart of the Alpilles Regional Natural Park, is home to incomparable cultural wealth. Start your visit by exploring the ruins of Château des Baux, which will take you to the dungeon. A real plunge into the daily life of a Provençal village in medieval times. Do not miss the Saint-Vincent des Baux church either. Partly troglodyte, it stands out with its modern stained glass windows designed by the famous glassmaker Max Ingrand.
Tip: Impossible to visit Les Baux-de-Provence without making a jump to the Carrières de Lumières, an astonishing place where works are projected directly into the stone. The perfect combination of art and heritage.
A stone’s throw from Gordes, the village of Ménerbes embodies the Provençal sweetness of life. With its old stones and its ultra-famous truffle market, it will leave you with lasting memories. Located in the heart of the great Luberon on its rocky outcrop, Ménerbes dominates the Calavon plain with its vines and cherry trees which give a real spectacle of colors at each change of season. To the north, the view extends to the Monts de Vaucluse, we also see the famous Mont-Ventoux, also nicknamed the Giant of Provence. This village has preserved many testimonies of its rich historical past.
Tip: Go to the “Colorado Provencal” for an amazing experience in red sand dunes and rock formations. Don’t wear white sneakers!
At the entrance to the Gorges du Verdon, the village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie leans gracefully against a cliff. Here, ceramics are a tradition and a real institution. About twenty shops offer varied, refined and colorful pieces. In short, souvenir level, you have the choice. To find out more about this local know-how, head to the Earthenware Museum.
Tip: Want to take a dip? The Sainte-Croix lake is only a few kilometers away. Pedalo, kayak, swimming … let yourself be tempted by a nautical activity.
Between Verdon and the Pays-Niçois, the atmosphere is at the ‘Dolce Vita’ in Annot. This medieval village classified as “villages and cities of character” offers a remarkable heritage to the visitor. Nature lovers will be won over by their stay, Annot is a listed natural site, its exceptional geology has given rise to unique landscapes and remarkable flora and fauna.
Tip: The famous Train des Pignes is a beautiful little trip between Digne les Bains and Nice, on the French Riviera, make sure to give it a try!
Surrounded by magnificent landscapes and perched on a rocky outcrop for a millennium already, Viens is an old village which has retained its appearance of a medieval stronghold. By visiting Viens you will be able to discover the many testimonies of the tumultuous past of the village.
Tip: You can admire a Renaissance castle which underwent major transformations in the 19th century. From the surroundings of the castle you will have a panoramic view which will be offered to you, from the Montée de la Pousterle you can admire the gorges of Lure.
This high perched village stretches at the top of a hill behind a huge rock and dominates the entire valley. Saignon is a small, peaceful and serene village that you will be happy to visit on foot. Opposite the town hall, you can admire a very beautiful 12th century Romanesque church. Walking through its narrow streets you will discover old fountains, small shaded squares with beautiful charming houses on which are very beautiful houses, you will also be able to notice old doors carved with delicacy.
Tip: The rock of Saignon is easily accessible, do not hesitate to climb to its summit, a superb panorama is offered on the plain and the mountains of the Luberon. On a clear day, you can see Mont Ventoux, Montagne de Lure, the Alpes de Haute Provence and even the heights of Avignon!
Cucuron is a splendid village which is part of the Luberon Regional Natural Park, it is located at the foot of the Luberon mountain. You can admire a vegetation that overflows with smells and colors, and when at the bend of the path, the panorama is revealed … It is the country of Bosco at your feet, with the mountain Sainte- Victory dear to Cézanne and the Alpilles of Daudet and finally in the distance the Alps of Provence of Giono! The village remains alive and lively all year round.
Tip: Cucuron is not one of the Luberon villages whose activity boils down to two months of summer tourism! Here more than 200 farms produce “Côtes du Luberon” wines, as well as cherries, melons and olives.
In the Luberon Regional Natural Park, very close to the border of Vaucluse and the Alpes de Haute Provence, stands proudly on its promontory the small village of Montjustin, which you will reach by a tiny lazy road that winds through the sublime Provencal countryside, between sunflower fields and undergrowth of holm oaks. From below, you can only be impressed by the heavy wall interspersed with truncated towers enclosing the village, vestiges of ramparts (which were restored in 1995) which made Montjustin a real war stronghold from the 11th century. Montjustin, house
Then by climbing the path that leads to Montjustin, you can admire at your ease this magnificent, slightly shiny gray stone, in which all the houses of this harmonious village are built: a covered washhouse and a fountain, old houses (they date from the 16th century). and 17th century!) all perfectly restored, well spaced, each with a terrace, a garden or even a wooded park when it is not a swimming pool. All with a breathtaking view of the Luberon mountains …
Tip: Monjustin possesses superb and imposing ruins, fascinating as much as mysterious, vestiges apparently of a church of the 16th century.
15) Corbières en Provence
Corbières is a pleasant village in the Alpes de Haute Provence, nestled on the side of a beautiful hill and strategically located on the border of the departments of Vaucluse, Var and Bouches du Rhône. The peaceful village of Corbières took its name from the river that crosses its territory. While visiting Corbières, you will come across at random in its small streets, some beautiful old houses which give charm to the village and will be able to appreciate the calm and the sweetness of life which reign there.
Tip: Make sure to taste the delicious traditional and hand-made ice creams at the parlor in the center of the village!
Located at the eastern tip of the Luberon, on the border between Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and Vaucluse, Montfuron is a small, quiet village, proud to have the only windmill in the region: 350 years old (built under Louis XIV), it is still in working order, having been recently restored. When you see him from afar, standing proudly on his hill, away from the village, you will no doubt think of Alphonse Daudet, cantor of Provence in his poetic “Letters from my mill”. The entire village of Montfuron is a hymn to Provençal poetry, thanks to its sublime church with a square steeple, built in dry stones, (without coating, typical of this region), thanks to its beautiful houses, most of them also in stone dry, in all shades of gray, its small square shaded by lime trees, and finally, its belvedere, located at the top of the village, where you absolutely have to climb, to have an unforgettable view of the wonderful Roman tiled roofs!
Tip: Montfuron is not far from the city of Manosque, the biggest city of the Alpes de Haute Provence department. Make to sure to pay it a visit and stroll in its medieval streets.
It’s the end of this list of the most beautiful villages of Provence to take amazing couples pictures, I hope you liked it!