Spring from March to May
Spring awakens early in Provence. In late February, the almond blossoms first appear. The birds make themselves heard and on a sunny day you can already have lunch outside. In April the spring is really on its way with temperatures between 15 and 20 degrees celsius. In May, the average temperature moves up to 20 degrees. Spring is all in all a fine time for hiking as a way to see nature blossom. The spring light is very bright and the scents of blossom overwhelming.
Summer from June to August
During the summer months the average temperature is located around 30 degrees. The evenings are getting longer and balmy. The best you can be active in the morning and in the afternoon. The time in between, you can enjoy a nice long lunch and relax in the shade or along the river nearby. During the summer there are many different festivals and performances.
Autumn from September to October
Autumn is a special time in Provence because nature reveals its stunning autumn colors while the temperature is still quite pleasant. In September it is still an average of 20 degrees and only in October its slightly less warm. The light is just as bright in the spring and you can enjoy the wine harvest. Several wine- and food festivals are organized around this period. A whole experience are attending the local soup competitions that are held in each village with their final in Vaison la Romaine.
Winter from November to February
Early November still has spring-like days but the night temperature drops. December and January are the coldest months with temperatures around 10 degrees with occasional frost on the ground. The summit of Mont Ventoux gets covered in snow and it is special to see from above the white peaks of the Alps while the valley is green. On the Ventoux different winter sports are possible when conditions are favorable.
We are in southern France at 24 miles (40 km) from Avignon and 74 miles (120 km) from Marseille. It is hilly here with many forests, vineyards and olive groves and the Mont Ventoux that extends everywhere.
Judith Derksen & Frank Molenaar
1250 Chemin du Seguret