What to do in September in Provence?

What to do in September in Provence?

Are you planning a getaway to Provence in September? Here is a wise choice! In addition to avoiding the hordes of tourists, you will have before your eyes a different postcard of Provence with an equally intoxicating beauty, dressed in surprising and warm colors. Discover our ideas for activities to enjoy the calm and charm of Provence in September.

The harvest season

The month of September generally marks the beginning of the harvest, which corresponds to the moment when the grapes have reached the desired degree of maturity. On a picnic area or stretched out on the grass, you can choose to watch the comings and goings of the winegrowers' tractors going from the vines to the winemaking places. Otherwise, you can decide to put both feet in the dish by becoming a winegrower in the space of a few hours.
vintage harvest in Provence

Walk into the creeks

The creeks are a natural wonder, and the month of September is simply perfect for planning one or more walks. Why ? Because these hikes, especially when the July / August sun is high in the sky, can be sporty! You should know that shadows are rare in the creeks ... The landscapes offered by these imposing limestone rocks will not leave you indifferent.

It is also an opportunity to discover the second largest city in France, Marseille and, in a completely different register, the unmissable Cassis with its port lined with multicolored facades.

If the mistral does not make its own, the mildness of the Indian summer grants the more adventurous refreshing and potentially incredible swims, like the one in the famous blue grotto for which you will however have to find the entrance, a secret kept by the Marseillais ...

hiking into les Calanques near Marseille and Cassis

To plan for your hike in the creeks:

  • Good walking shoes
  • Sunscreen, even if the sun is hiding behind the clouds
  • Sun glasses
  • A mobile phone
  • A snack and / or a picnic
  • At least 1.5 L of water per person

Go to mushrooms

The end of summer marks the departure of tourists, and nature takes back its rights. Thunderstorms sometimes rage before the climate becomes milder again, favoring the emergence of fungi.

The Roques, Chaîne des Côtes and Trévaresse massifs constitute a very large wooded area of Bouches-du-Rhône, ideal for a walk in the forest with a wicker basket under your arm. In the forests of the Mont Ventoux regional park and on the Albion plateau, you will come across porcini mushrooms, but also “pinins” or “sanguins”, “petits gris” and even chanterelles, which can be recognized by their yellow color and their hollow hats.

Rule number one of the informed picker: all mushroom pickers must know and recognize deadly or poisonous species.

mushroom handpicking in Provence during falls

Mingle with animals

The fauna and flora of Mont Ventoux, because they are of great wealth, are fortunately protected and preserved. Do your children love animals ? Or maybe yourself ? So why not go meet them in their natural habitat ? The forests of Ventoux are home to a wide variety of animal species, from foxes, deer, doe or wild boar, to chamois or ibex, including a few wolves, nesting birds and a species of harmless viper.

It turns out that fall is also the time of the deer slab. This is the cry of the deer in order to attract the attention of the does during mating season.

hiking in Mont Ventoux, animals watching

A visit to one of the farms in the vicinity of Mont Ventoux will delight the little ones, who will have the right to enter into the enclosures to cuddle pets like cow, draft horse, donkey, hen or sheep ...

The farms at the foot of Mont Ventoux:

Visit a pet friendly farm near Mont Ventoux

Want to plan your last minute vacation in Provence ? Our rental houses with private swimming pool offer an ideal setting to relax and fully enjoy the Indian summer at the gates of the most beautiful villages in the south of France at the foot of Mont Ventoux.
Holiday Villa with pool in Provence