When to Go to Provence

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When to Go to Provence

Spring and fall are the best months to experience the dazzling light, rugged rocky countryside, and fruited vineyards of Provence. Though the lavender fields show peak color in mid-July, summertime here is beastly hot; worse, it's always crowded on the beaches and connecting roads. Winter has some nice days, when the locals are able to enjoy their cafés and their town squares tourist-free, but it often rains, and the razor-sharp mistral wind can cut to the bone. Be prepared for four distinct seasons: there's a summer, a fall, a winter, and a spring, and it's best to find out what the temperature is before you disembark. Surprisingly enough, it does rain (and has even snowed)—for about four weeks out of the year. It does get chilly at night, so it's wise to bring warm clothing for those evening strolls through the lavender fields; in winter, it can be fleece-jacket-mitts-and-scarf cold.

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