After the excitement of the summer and the many tourists who flock to admire the beautiful scenery and enjoy the sun, Provence gradually gives over to autumn, when a different welcoming atmosphere settles in. Mornings are misty, temperatures drop, but it’s the harvest that truly marks the beginning of this new season. The fields of vines take on pretty tawny colors as does the countryside, hills and mountains, offering the wonderful sight of a fairyland of extraordinary colors (red, ocher, orange). Make sure to climb up Mont Ventoux to enjoy the breathtaking view!
If fall is the season of mushrooms, especially ceps and oyster mushrooms, in Provence it is also the time for chestnut collecting. Produced in their thousands especially in the Var department, these autumn fruits are collected from the tree just after the grape harvest and are famous for giving life to many wonderful Provencal recipes, such as chestnut purée or chestnut cake, a delight for foodies.