We are two couples traveling next month Provence.
We'll sleep in Ansouis seven nights.
We love beautiful landscapes, small villages and beautiful.
We are asking for help to find places where there are not many tourists and restaurants that people who live in the area eat there.
You're in the country, less chance of tourists, forget about them (you're bound to run into them anyway) and just do as you like.
The Michelin guide is always a good starting point. Even in this internet-age I would always buy the green guidebook of the region.
The green guides give descriptions of towns and tiny villages in the region, points of interest, backgrounds, and tours (if you have a car).
To get started I advice you to use http://www.viamichelin.nl, put in Ansouis, then enlarge the map. There are plenty of scenic roads (indicated by a green line along the road).
You can also click Restaurants which then show up on the map with a price indication. Note that the Michelin recommendations (not necessarily the famous stars) are usually very good but do not have to be expensive.
For Ansouis, this restaurant comes up:
provence is huge region and you will have plenty of beautiful landscapes and small villages to choose from. Tourists are all over specially some local resident of Ménérbes Peter Mayles wrote En Provence, and the whold world is there even hollywood actor:ss.
Ansouis is nice so is the whole of the Luberon, like ménérbes,cavaillon, bonnieux,lormaurin, including Ansouis
read them all here
best is by car there but public transport is doable with more time.
hope it helps
Porquerolles, Hyeres, Luberon, Arles, Colorado de Provence! :-)
We love that area. We stay near Mallemort and attend church in Charleval. There is so much to do and it's all just beautiful. Really easy day trips for you would be Lourmarin, Bonnieux, Apt, Roussillon (my favorite because of the beautiful ochre quarries there), Gordes and the Villege of Bories near it, the Abbey at Senanque,towns of Fontaine de Vaucluse and L'isle sur Sorgue with its famous market. In the other direction you can visit Silvacane Abbey and if you are interested, there's a nice nature reserve on the Durance River between Pertuis and Cadenet. It's more birdwatching than anything else. You can also easily visit Aix-en-Provence.
A bit further afield are Arles, St. Remy-de-Provence and Les Baux de Provence and all are definitely worth the drive. Avignon and the Pont du Gard are further yet but it would be a shame to miss them while you are in the area. You might get to the Pont du Gard early and then visit Avignon for lunch and afternoon. The roads are good in the area and that helps. We also love the Camargue, but there is just so much you can do in a week.
If I had to prioritize, I'd choose a two days of Luberon villages and abbeys, a day in Aix-en-Provence, a day at the Pont du Gard and Avignon, a day in Arles driving through St. Remy-de-Provence and Les Baux either to or from it, and that leaves you with two days for your own discoveries and there will be many in that area.
You haven't listed your Travel Interests on your VT Home Page so I'm not sure what to suggest except things we enjoy and hope it's useful to you. You might think about listing your Travel Interests to get some better answers.
Here's a web site that may be of help. france-voyage.com/travel-gui...
You will see tourists, but mostly French tourists so you won't be surrounded by foreigners, just the French enjoying their own country. You're early in the season so it won't be crowded and you should be just fine.
A favorite restaurant of ours is in La Roque d'Antheron. It is L’Artichouette and one of the dining rooms is in the cave. Lovely. It's 10 rue Eglise in La Roque d'Antheron and is a nice place for lunch after visiting Silvacane Abbey. It's not a gourmet restaurant but a family place with good food.
There is another very nice restaurant in Charleval right beside the church. I can't remember the name but if you face the Catholic church in Charleval, it is directly beside the church on your left. It's a little more expensive but very good. The restaurant at Le Moulin de Vernègues near Mallemort is excellent but it is rather expensive. We stay there but don't eat there because of the cost. Here's their web site: http://www.moulindevernegues.com/
Type the names of these places and any others of interest to you into the VT Search Window above. You can check Travel Pages on them where you'll find reviews, photos and web links to help you plan your trip.
Also, you can click on the name of anyone who answers you here and go to their Home Page on Virtual Tourist. Click on Travel Pages and choose places of interest to see what they have written. There are wonderful Tips on hotels, sights, transportation, restaurants . . . and lots of photos and web links. It's a great resource here on VT and lots of fun.
Have a good trip.It is a beautiful area of France.