WHATS THE WEATHER LIKE IN PROVENCE

FOUR SEASONS

The weather in Provence and especially here in the Gard, is variable and offers all year round it is a beautiful backdrop for each of the four seasons. The wind whispers through the lavender fields, the sun caresses your face. Provence, famous for its blissful Mediterranean climate at its best. But did you know that this paradise can also be fickle?

winter

The Côtes du Rhône in the winter: a fairytale landscape.

Winter in the Côtes du Rhône is a magical season. Temperatures regularly drop to freezing point, causing the vineyard hills to be covered with a layer of frost. The vines, which are still bare during this period, seem to sleep under their white blanket. In the fields you see pruners who behave like… a colony of ants moving around and busy pruning the vines for the new season. The lavender fields, which turn so purple in the summer, are now covered with a white veil. In our holiday homes, the fireplace creates a cozy and warm atmosphere.

The perfect place to relax and enjoy the winter beauty of the Côtes du Rhône.

It’s the perfect time to enjoy long walks in the fresh air and enjoy local food dishes by the fireplace. The annual truffle market in Uzès (which always falls on the 3rd Sunday in January) is a recurring spectacle in which this black diamond is passed from hand to hand with some secrecy for spectacular prices.

The weather in provence from may

SPRING

The weather in Provence in May brings everything back to life, everywhere you see colorful flowers and green landscapes.

The temperature starts to rise slowly and the sun starts to shine more often. It is the ideal time to enjoy the nature and the picturesque villages in the area. It is also the time when the attics and garages are cleaned up and a lively energy is created that many people are involved in art and kitch collected over the years is exhibited in the well-known vide greniers and marche aux puces with the final highlight is the annual 5-day flea and antique market at Easter in Barjac, just 20 kilometers away from us. Suppliers from all over the country proudly come here to offer their wares for sale.

SUMMER

In summer, Provence is at its best, with bright blue skies and regular temperatures exceed 30 degrees.

Start the day early and treat yourself to a visit to one of the Provencal markets near us and enjoy the colorful stalls crammed with succulents fruit, shiny vegetables, artisanal cheeses, creamy tapenades, fragrant herbs and handmade soaps. The local farmers and artisans proudly present their harvest and creations.

Returned to your holiday home at Domaine Cadignac, full of the inspiration you gained at the market and with all the ingredients for a delicious meal, it’s time to relax. Enjoy the sunset by the pool, while you go about the day with a cooling drink in your hand. Or take a seat on your terrace, surrounded by the scents of Provence, and taste the culinary creations that you have prepared with love.

No sun for a day?
Provence has more to offer than just sunny days. On a rainy day you can ….. make a trip to one of the nearby cities, such as Avignon, Nîmes or Uzès.

These cities are full of culture and history:

  • Avignon: Admire the Papal Palace, where the Popes resided for centuries. Stroll through the charming streets of the old town and enjoy the Provencal atmosphere.
  • Nîmes: Visit the Roman amphitheater, where gladiators fought their battles, but a visit to Maison Carrée or Les Jardins de la Fontaine should not be missed. Also admire the beautiful Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct.
  • Uzès: Explore the medieval town – the first Duchy of France – with its well-known Place aux Herbes, La Tour Fenestrelle, Le Duché d’Uzès but also its narrow streets.

Would you rather stay indoors?
Thanks to our free unlimited and fast fiber optic internet you can stay indoors and still enjoy all your favorite online activities:

  • Stream your favorite movies or series.
  • Listen to your Spotify music.
  • Download your e-book.
  • Play online games.
  • Surf on the Internet.

Make it cozy with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book. Enjoy the peace and quiet relaxation from your holiday home. Provence has something for everyone, whatever the weather!

The weather in Provence from September

autumn

The weather in Provence in September – autumn glory: a palette of inspiration. The summer heat has given way to a gentle breeze, the crowds of tourists have left. Provence reveals its true beauty in a new, inspiring guise. The vineyards turn golden red, the lavender fields turn into purple slopes and the olive trees are bathed in ….. silver-gray light.

A dazzling color palette decorates the landscape: golden leaves, warm tones and a soft autumn glow create an enchanting atmosphere. The temperature drops gradually, but is still inviting to enjoy the outdoors.

Visit the local markets, taste the culinary autumn specialties of the region and be surprised by the flavors and scents of the season. Or choose ultimate relaxation in your holiday home, where you can dream away at the splendor of Provence. Come experience the magic of Provence in autumn!

TIPS FOR TOURISTS:

  • In summer it is important to protect yourself well against the sun. Wear sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat.
  • In winter it can get cold in the evenings. So bring a warm sweater or jacket.
  • For all seasons: bring comfortable shoes, because there is a lot to see and do in the south of France!
  • Please note that the weather can be very different in 14 days.

FACTS AND FOLKLORE:

  • The name „Provence“ comes from the Latin „provincia“, which means „wine region“.
  • The Romans already loved the mild climate of Provence.
  • There are numerous myths and legends about the weather in Provence.
  • Mistral wind: The wind is caused by a high-pressure area above the Bay of Biscay and a low-pressure area above the Gulf of Genoa. This pressure difference creates a strong wind that is channeled through the Rhône Valley and flows towards the Mediterranean Sea.

THE WEATHER IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE – A SHORT SUMMARY:

Winter (December – February)

  • Temperature: Temperatures in the south of France are mild in winter, with an average temperature of 10°C. However, it can be colder in the mountains, with temperatures hovering around 0°C.
  • Precipitation: Winter is the rainy season in southern France, especially in the Mediterranean areas. Snowfall is rare, except in the mountains.
  • Sunshine: The sun shines less in winter than in the rest of the year, with an average of 5 hours of sunshine per day.

Spring (March – May)

  • Temperature: Temperatures in spring warm gradually, with an average temperature of 15°C in March and 20°C in May.
  • Precipitation: Rainfall decreases in spring, but showers can still occur.
  • Sunshine: The sun is shining more and more, with an average of 7 hours of sunshine per day in May.

Summer (June – August)

  • Temperature: Summers in the south of France are warm and dry, with temperatures averaging 25°C. In July and August the mercury can even rise to 35°C.
  • Precipitation: There is little rain in summer, with only a few showers per month.
  • Sunshine: The sun shines brightly, with an average of 10 hours of sunshine per day.

Autumn (September – November)

  • Temperature: Temperatures gradually drop in autumn, with an average temperature of 20°C in September and 15°C in November.
  • Precipitation: Rainfall increases in autumn, but there are still many sunny days.
  • Sunshine: The sun shines less than in summer, with an average of 6 hours of sunshine per day.

Differences in seasons
The seasons in the south of France are clearly distinguishable. Summers are warm and dry, winters mild and rainy, spring and autumn pleasant with changeable weather.

Tourism
Most tourists come to the South of France in the summer, when the weather is warm and sunny. During this period the beaches are busy, there are many festivals and events, and the prices of hotels and restaurants are higher.

In winter it is quieter in the south of France. Prices are lower, and there are fewer tourists. This is a good time for walking, cycling or skiing in the mountains.

Climate change
Over the past 10 years, the weather in the south of France has become slightly warmer and drier. Summers are longer and hotter, and winters shorter and milder. Sea levels have also risen, which can lead to flooding in coastal areas.

TIPS

  • Choose the best period for your trip: If you like warm weather, summer is the best period to travel to the south of France. If you prefer mild weather, spring and autumn are good options. Winter is a cheap time to travel, but there are fewer tourist activities.
  • Be prepared for different weather conditions: In the south of France the weather can change quickly. So bring clothes for different temperatures and weather conditions.
  • Check the weather forecast before you travel: This way you know what to expect and you can prepare for it.

SOURCES:

  • Weeronline
  • Weerplaza

Provence, an unforgettable destination in every season. Whether you are looking for sun-drenched days or cooling off in autumn, our holiday homes in the Gard offer the perfect base.

domaine Cadignac – maison d’hôtes

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