The high season highlight in Provence

August in Provence is a month filled with life, colour, and irresistible energy. Our insider guide will help you uncover the best of what Provence has to offer during this energetic month, including must-see attractions, local events, and hidden gems. We will also provide you with essential tips on what to expect and, most importantly, what to pack to ensure you have a comfortable and unforgettable stay. Dive into the heart of Provence this August and experience its unique charm and beauty.

beaches in provence
Wine in provence

The weather in August and what to pack

Average temperatures in August normally sit between a low of 18ºC in the evenings and a high of 28ºC during the middle of the day, with an average of 23ºC. There is very little chance of rain and the days are a little shorter than in July. The sun shines for roughly ten hours a day, with sunrise around 6.45am and sunset around 8.30pm.

For those planning a midsummer visit to Provence, preparing for the heat is essential. Pack lightweight, breathable clothing, wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and high-SPF sunscreen to stay comfortable and protected from the sun. In August many visitors embrace the siesta culture, taking a rest during the hottest part of the day and enjoying outdoor activities during the cooler mornings and evenings. With that in mind, be sure to bring a light jumper, jacket, or wrap for your al fresco evenings.

Why visit Provence in August?

Whether you are seeking a tranquil retreat in a luxurious villa or an immersive cultural experience, Provence in August offers the best of both worlds. Days with long lunches in pavement bistros and evening drinks in cafés; thriving olive groves and vineyards stretching into the distance; the deep blue of the Mediterranean, and lazy evenings watching the sunset. What’s not to like?

August is also a time when the villages of Provence are full of holiday festivities, with markets, shows, gastronomy, and culture showcasing the best of Provence. The lavender fields, olive groves, and beaches also come to life during August. For the most part, you can expect the French Riviera to be bustling with crowds and fellow holidaymakers. If you cannot beat them, you may as well grab your swimsuit and join them—perhaps just make sure to book any activities in advance to avoid disappointment. While we are on the subject of crowds, the two-lane roads of Provence can be particularly busy during August. So why not avoid them completely and hire a bike? Or enjoy your local area on foot. Just be sure to avoid the midday sun and have enough water and sun protection with you.

Beaches in August

With the long, hot summer days of August, the Mediterranean Sea and its stunning coastline call out to all visitors wanting to cool off. For those who enjoy a lively atmosphere, Provence’s southern shores are perfect. Explore the charming seaside villages, bustling resort towns, and beautiful beaches from Marseille to Monaco along the Côte d’Azur.

Provence boasts some of the finest beaches in France, stretching along the Mediterranean coastline. Visitors can indulge in a variety of activities at these stunning beaches, from leisurely sunbathing and refreshing swims to water sports like surfing, paddle-boarding, and kayaking.

Among the most popular beaches in Provence are the Calanques de Cassis, known for their dramatic narrow fjords framed by rugged cliffs. Another must-visit is the Plage de l'Estaque, a vibrant beach near the charming town of Marseille. Additionally, the Plage du Prado in Marseille offers expansive sandy shores, while the Plage des Dunes in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer provides a tranquil escape. For those seeking a touch of glamour, the Plage de Pampelonne near Saint-Tropez is an iconic destination.

Crystal clear water
Calanques de Cassis

Our favourite festivals in August

Chorégies d'Orange

For music lovers and cultural enthusiasts, the Chorégies d'Orange is a fabulous event. Held in the city of Orange, this summer al fresco opera event takes place in the ancient preserved Roman theatre, a venue that seats 7,000 and boasts its original stage wall and impressive acoustics. Each year, the Chorégies d'Orange presents a captivating mix of opera and classical music concerts. Given its popularity, with tickets often selling out well in advance, we highly recommend securing your tickets as soon as they go on sale in October for the following summer. Plan your visit around this festival, as it attracts up to 10,000 classical music aficionados each year, making for an unforgettable cultural experience in Provence.

Festival des Soirées d'été

August in Provence is truly a month for music, and another stand out event is the Festival des Soirées d'été. This festival is a celebration of beloved jazz music, creating an atmosphere that perfectly complements the warm summer evenings. Held under the starry sky, the festival offers an intimate setting where the closeness of the stage fosters a unique connection between the audience and the performers, a privilege rarely found in larger venues. Ticket prices start at €35, a bargain if you ask us. A refreshment bar and snacks are available on-site, provided by the popular Top Toque food truck.

summer festival in Orange
Chorégies d'Orange

So sun worshipers, whether you are savouring long, leisurely lunches, exploring bustling seaside towns, or simply soaking in the tranquil ambiance of olive groves and lavender fields, Provence in August promises a treat. Embrace the lively atmosphere, prepare for the sun and heat, and enjoy every moment of this summer paradise.

A bientôt,

The Provence Holidays Team