Om On could not be more excited to share that next year, we’ll be going on a yoga retreat to Provence! You might not think of this charming region in the south of France as a yoga hotspot, but trust us – there’s inspiration for your practice everywhere you look in Provence. Nestled between the Mediterranean Sea and the Alps, Provence’s natural beauty is second to none. We can’t wait to show you our favorite parts of this amazing place in 2019. In the meantime, here are just a few gems you have to look forward to!
As the south of France has become an ever more popular tourist destination, many of its quaint villages have been built up and out to accommodate the wants of visitors. Not so in Uzes! Uzes is almost untouched, with limestone buildings, gardens and parks, and car-free squares. A must-visit is the Pont du Gard, one of the last remaining sections of a Roman aqueduct. If you’re there on a market day, make sure to check out the Place aux Herbes for goods from local farms, handmade artisan items, and amazing street food.
Menerbes is another historical village in the inland section of Provence. Inhabited since 200 BC, many of the village’s most prized attractions are hundreds if not thousands of years old. The rolling hills and fields, winding streets, and ivy-covered buildings have made Menerbes a popular destination for those seeking a quiet break from their hectic lives. In fact, the town is best known for A Year In Provence, a bestselling autobiography about a man’s time away from his busy life in London. For a true taste of Menerbes, visit Maison de la Truffle et du Vin du Luberon for a full menu of food made with local truffles and the very best local wine.
If you’re looking for something a little busier than Uzes and Menerbes, try Gordes. Considered one of the most beautiful villages in the region, this hilltop beauty features stone buildings and castles, scenic pathways, and plenty of things to see and do. Gordes is a hub for local arts and crafts, with galleries dotted throughout the town and festivals each year. The village has a variety of restaurants and shops, as well as a Tuesday market in the town square featuring the best of the area’s farmers, makers, and artisans. Walk down from Gordes to the Senanque Abbey for one of the most gorgeous treks we’ve ever taken – the lavender fields are unbelievably beautiful.
Located on a rocky hillside, Les Baux-de-Provence is a tiny commune of just 450 people. The ancient village, which dates back to the Middle Ages, is still intact and well-maintained. Ancient artwork like bas-reliefs and Greek-style stone sculptures can be found throughout the commune’s winding paths. Les Baux-de-Provence is known for its olives, and produces a nationally protected, sought-after olive oil. Make sure to grab a bottle to take home with you!
St-Remy combines the old world charm of many Provencal towns – stone and terra cotta chateaux, quiet town squares, olive and almond groves – with just enough chicness to feel cosmopolitan. This town has been a favorite of the rich and famous for years, but its friendliness makes it accessible to anyone. There’s so much to see that our favorite thing to do is just wander the streets, parks, and gardens, and think mindfully about the gift that is St-Remy’s natural beauty. Bring your hiking shoes to exploreAlpilles Regional Nature Park’s stunning views and landscapes, plus a tote to carry the local olives, honey, and goat cheese that’s produced along the path!
L’Isle Sur la Sorgue
We come down from the hills to visit this cute riverside town. L’Isle Sur la Sorgue is a market town renowned for its antique stores, which it has more of than any other town in France! This is more of a tourist destination than many of the other spots on our list, so while it might be a little more crowded, it also has more restaurants, shops, and places to visit. The river Sorgue surrounds the town, creating magnificent views that are best seen on foot, strolling the riverside streets and crossing the pedestrian bridges. Extend your time outdoors by camping in a tree house or yurt at Camping La Sorguette!
There is so much to experience in Provence, and this is just the beginning! We’re absolutely stoked to take this once-in-a-lifetime retreat with you next year. Stay tuned to Om On’s website and Facebook page for more Provence goodies!