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2-4 week sabbatical in the South of France

Hello, I am hoping some of you may be able to give me some useful tips. I am planning a trip to the South of France for next year, either in Late June-early July or late August-early September. It will be myself, husband and a baby who will be a year and half year old then. This will be our first time in this area, but we are not keen on seeing/doing too many touristy things. We want to relax, take leisurely trips/walks, enjoy nature, farmer's markets & good food/wine. With a toddler, we are thinking to stay put in one place.

According to the research I have done so far (mostly in this travel forum & Instagram), my shortlist includes: Gordes, St. Remy, Lourmarin & Valensole. Are these places good for the things we want to do that I mentioned above? Any other place/village you think I should consider? Also, do you have any recommendation for rental apartments/house? I guess I could come back for accommodation recommendation once I decide on a place.

We are also spending some time in Italy. However, I think we are more or less decided on a village Alta Badia in the Dolomites.

Thank you in advance for your help!

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What kind of village are you looking for - nice square, shopping, restaurants, or a quiet little town with less amenities?...there are some like Gordes I would find too small for a 2-4 week stay.

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I would say Aix. Beautiful markets, restaurants. Day trips deeper into Provence or down to the Riviera. We loved relaxing there, shopping the market, cooking dinner, walking.

We're staying in La Garde Freinet later this year. Hope to find relaxation, markets, food, wine, and day trips there, too!