Visit the lavender fields of Provence!
It is lavender season! The window of time to see these gorgeous purple fields is coming to a close, so here is the info to get out see them in time.
Deep purple lavender fields are seen on images across the world, slpashed on Instagram feeds and shown on postcards year-round. Although it may seem like the quinessential Provence flowers are a permanent fixture in Provence, the flowering season is actually quite short! Don't forget that lavender is a crop, so the flowers need to be harvested at their best. A gorgeous field can disappear from one day to the next which is why it's better to plan your trip earlier than later.
Aim to go within the next two weeks if you want to experience the famous lavender fields of High Provence in all their glory. While many make it a day trip, it can be rather rushed and not a relaxing time. While lavender does growso we recommend making a weekend trip so you have more time to explore the area, visit the lavender museum or even go horseback riding through the fields.
A third of all lavender fields in France - more than 10,000 hectares of fragrant purple blossoms - are located In the department of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, above the Côte d'Azur with the departments of Alpes-Maritimes and Var. You can explore these postcard spots by foot, by bike or even on horseback.
Imagine a sunset, a light breeze, the scent of lavender... Sarah offers a horseback ride on the Valensole plateau followed by an aperitif at the Domaine de la Blanche in St Jurs. A unique experience to share with friends or family!
Or, a bike tour on an e-mountain bike from Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon to the pretty village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie through the adjacent lavender fields is stimulating for all the senses.
And if you want to find out more about lavender and its production and use, you should stop by the Maison du Lavandin at the exit of the Verdon Gorge not far from Lac de Sainte-Croix or the Lavender Museum in Digne-les-Bains.
You can also experience a lavender parade on the first weekend in August in Digne-les-Bains, who have been celebrating this since 1939.
Plateau de Valensole
- About 2.5 hours from Nice, the plateau around Valensole is the best known and therefore also the most popular area for lavender hunters. Get there early to avoid the crowds!
- About 3 hours from Nice is the Luberon with the town of Roussillon, known for its ocher cliffs. Lavender grows around the eagle nest villages Lacoste, Bonnieux, Saignon, on the Claparèdes plateau and around Roussillon and Lagarde d'Apt.
Pays de Sault
- To the north joins the Pays de Sault . The area from the Sault plateau down to the Luberon is densely overgrown with lavender fields. Excellent for exploring by bike.
The lavender season runs from late June to late August. However, the harvest usually begins in mid-July - and then the endless rows of fragrant purple flowers are gone.
In cooler regions around Roussillon, peak season shifts towards the beginning of August. Inquire at the local tourist offices!