Whether you visit the continent occasionally or have a permanent South of France surveyor facilitated property in the region, it’s important to make sure you get the right kind of visit for your tastes.


While some people thrive from soaking up the hustle and bustle of densely populated areas and the tourist packed streets of some of France’s more popular holiday destinations, this kind of vacation doesn’t suit everyone’s tastes. Some people want to relax in a more peaceful environment, far away from the throng.


And, if you are one such person, this guide is for you.

#1 The Verdon Gorge

While your fellow holidaymakers traipse down to the beach, why not go kayaking in the Verdon Gorge?


This 700m deep limestone valley situated in Castellane is often referred to as the Grand Canyon of Europe. With inviting turquoise waters and breath-taking picturesque views, it’s the perfect place for a quiet paddle down the river, as well as the ideal site for hikers, rock-climbers, and those searching for an idyllic journey through one of France’s most stunning hidden gems.

#2 The Lavender Fields

The famous lavender fields of Provence are just as beautiful as the artwork which was inspired by them.


Magnificent lines of purple are visible from all sides as you drive past, and whether you want to roll down your windows to take in the heavenly scent, or race through the fields on foot, they truly are a sight to behold and definitely something worth visiting. There are so many fields, and they cover such a wide area, that you’re sure to be able to find a peaceful corner to enjoy a romantic picnic with your family or that special someone.

#3 The Abbaye de Sénanque

Provence has many buildings and artefacts which stretch as far back as the Romans, making it the perfect destination for those with a fascination in the history of the South of France.


The Abbaye de Sénanque is one such example. Still a working church, the Abbaye resides directly next to one of the aforementioned lavender fields, which is tended by the monks and harvested for organic honey and lavender oil. This stunning piece of history truly makes you feel as though time has frozen, with an atmosphere of pure tranquillity combined with magical views. There is even the opportunity to stay with the monks working there and provide yourself with a truly spiritual retreat – good for the mind, body, and soul.

#4 Avignon

This ancient city stands proud and largely unchanged since its construction by the banks of the Rhone River in western Provence.


Home to seven successive popes throughout the 14th century, it houses an impressive display of papal history. Its courtyard is the venue for the annual Festival d’Avignon, an arts festival held each July in the city. As you might expect, the festival is a time for crowds, so visiting this historic location a little earlier or later in the year is best if you want to avoid them and find your desired tranquillity. Once you do, you’ll be able to vault yourself back into the early 1300s and feel truly connected to some of the South of France’s deepest roots.

Final Thoughts

There you have four incredible and peaceful locations in which to enjoy a crowd-free trip to this beautiful part of the world. Of course, few things are more peaceful than having your own property in the region and for that, you’ll need a knowledgeable and experienced South of France surveyor like Charles Mackintosh.


Please get in touch today for more information on how Charles can help you realize your dream.