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Important Travel Information
for Provence Vacations

When to go
Provence is appealing in different ways throughout the year. Obviously the first decision you have to make is choosing when to come. Many people—visitors and locals alike—believe that spring is when the region shines its brightest. Wildflowers and tree blossoms are in bloom, early vegetable harvests deluge the markets with fresh produce, colors are vibrant and the air holds the promise of warmer days to come.

The region kicks into high gear come late spring and early summer. Sunny, hot weather settles in and attention turns to play and recreation, especially along the beaches of the Côte d'Azur where the jet set frolics and inland where rafting on swift rivers and hiking in the gorges proliferate. Three of the country's most celebrated holidays occur during this time—the Fête de St-Jean (June 24), Bastille Day (July 14), and Assumption Day (August 15)—marked by feasting, fireworks and bonfires.

High summer is sun-soaked. Abundant fruit and vegetables pour from stalls at the local markets. The lavender harvest occurs in July when the very air seems laced with its sweet fragrance. Music lovers enjoy a dose of heaven—three festivals in particular are noteworthy: Chorégies d'Orange stages opera in Orange's ancient, open-air Roman amphitheater; Jazz à Juan brings two weeks of jazz to Juan-les-Pins; and Festival du Jazz fills Toulon with a week of free concerts.

Autumn in Provence is all about harvest and cuisine. The vendange, or grape harvest, occurs in September when the vineyards become beehives of activity and the scent of their produce is caught on the wind. On the first Thursday of November, enormous hype surrounds the release of the year's Beaujolais nouveau. Olives also are picked around this time and pressed into huile d'olive, ambrosia to the gourmet palate. The markets are overflowing with freshly-picked chestnuts, truffles, walnuts, fresh fruit and vegetables.

Passports & Immigration
WIMCO recommends that U.S. citizens ALWAYS travel with a valid passport whenever traveling outside of the continental US. While many of our destinations may only require a birth certificate and a valid driver's license at this time, immigration requirements may change without any notice. For ALL other non-US citizens, please check with the embassy of the country/island to which you are traveling (French, British, Italian) to see if you need a special visa. (Note: If one of a honeymooning couple is a US Citizen and the other is not, a visa is still required by the non-US citizen). When bringing a nanny or babysitter, please be sure that they too have appropriate documentation.

Villa YNF DLA, France, Provence - Les Alpilles Area, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, WiFi, WIMCO Villas

YNF DLA

Enchanting house, hidden in a large garden, Italianate pool and Jacuzzi, a short walk from shops

Provence - Les Alpilles Area, France
3 br / 2.5 ba

Villa YNF OLI, France, Provence - Luberon Area, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, WiFi, WIMCO Villas

YNF OLI

Located in a sought-after protected area, views of the Luberon countryside, impressive swimming pool

Provence - Luberon Area, France
4 br / 4 ba

Villa YNF SOL, France, Provence - Les Alpilles Area, 6 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, WiFi, WIMCO Villas

YNF SOL

Very stylish villa, contemporary Provençal style, spacious rooms with large windows, heated pool

Provence - Les Alpilles Area, France
6 br / 6.5 ba

Villa YNF RSS, France, Provence - Les Alpilles Area, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, WiFi, WIMCO Villas

YNF RSS

Lovely villa with spacious grounds, wonderful views of les Alpilles, perfect for large groups

Provence - Les Alpilles Area, France
3 br / 3.5 ba

Villa YNF CIE, France, Provence - Luberon Area, 12 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, WiFi, WIMCO Villas

YNF CIE

Close to a pretty village, ample living space, large landscaped grounds, imaginatively decorated

Provence - Luberon Area, France
12 br / 12 ba

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WIMCO Villas, FR1 LPC, France, Provence - Les Alpilles Area, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms

FR1 LPC

Quiet and secluded, a short walk from the village, mix of Provençal, oriental, and modern design

Provence - Les Alpilles Area, France
4 br / 4 ba

WIMCO Villas, YNF PAN, France, Provence - Luberon Area, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms

YNF PAN

Breathtaking views, open and spacious living areas, large swimming pool overlooking countryside

Provence - Luberon Area, France
3 br / 3.5 ba

WIMCO Villas, YNF TOU, France, Provence - Les Alpilles Area, 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms

YNF TOU

Luxurious chateau with heated pool and tennis court, contemporary style, perfect for large groups

Provence - Les Alpilles Area, France
6 br / 6 ba

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