The Best Lavender Fields of Provence, France – 2021 Guide

Lavender fields on the Plateau de Valensole in Provence, France

This post was last updated on 20.06.20. I personally visit the Provence lavender fields every year in early summer to ensure the most up-to-date information – stay tuned for 2021 updates!

To some, there’s nothing that epitomises the appeal of Provence more than the purple rows of lavender that pepper the landscape every summer. The lavender fields of Provence represent a change of seasons, a ripening of the earth, and a time where life slows to the mercy of the sun’s strong rays.

The Provence lavender fields are among the best in the world, and they’re certainly among the most famous. Come early summer, when the spring poppies have all but disappeared, bright lavender flowers start to transform the already beatific landscape into a patchwork of colour.

In this comprehensive guide, I’ll introduce you to the best fields of lavender in Provence, France. 

An important note – some lavender farmers in Provence have put up fences surrounding part of their farms in an effort to thwart visitor numbers. If you enter any Lavender fields in Provence, please remember to be respectful! Or these temporary measures may have to become permanent. Tread lightly, only walk between the rows (not over them), and never pick the flowers…

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Lavender Season in Provence

When does lavender bloom in Provence? This is a question I get asked a lot! And unfortunately, there’s no exact answer. The best time to see lavender in Provence is different depending on where you are in the region, but it also changes year to year.

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Despite these variables, here are some guidelines about the best time to visit Provence for lavender:

Provence Lavender Fields in June

  • By late June most Lavender in Provence is in bloom.
  • Luberon is typically the first, closely followed by the Valensole lavender fields.
  • The fine lavender grown in the highest altitudes of Provence is the latest to bloom.

Provence Lavender Fields in July

  • Early July is the best time to visit lavender fields in Provence. The entire region is peppered with vibrant purple fields. And, if you get in before the school holidays (which normally start after the first week of July), you’re more likely to beat the crowds.
  • From mid-July lavender fields start to be harvested in the Valensole plateau.
  • The upper Luberon lavender fields and the Château du Bois fine lavender are generally harvested around the 15th of July.
  • The lower Luberon (around Lourmarin), the Valensole lavender fields and those in Grasse and around Sisteron are harvested later in July, typically around the 25th of July.

Provence Lavender Fields in August

  • If you’re visiting Provence in August you may be worried about missing out on seeing the lavender fields at all, but there are still a few lavender fields in bloom in August.
  • Aim for the Sault lavender fields or around Banon to find lavender in bloom until the 10th of August.

Best Places to find Lavender in Provence, France

Fragrant lavender fields can be found popping up everywhere in Provence in summer. It’s the most famous crop of the region and one that has held significant importance for the people of Provence for centuries.

But the lavender fields of Provence aren’t just a source of pride for the locals; they’re also a key Provence attraction that draws in visitors from around the world, year after year.

I’m going to introduce the best places to see lavender in Provence, focusing on three main areas: The Valensole Plateau, Sault Plateau, and the Luberon Valley.

Sault lavender fields itinerary

Provence Lavender Fields Map

The below map illustrates where to see lavender fields in Provence. There are other areas, but these regions have the highest concentration of lavender farms in Provence, so you won’t waste your time traversing the landscape unnecessarily (unless you want to)!

where to find the best lavender fields of Provence, France

Valensole Lavender Fields in Provence

The Valensole Plateau is famous the world over for its lavender fields, but it’s also home to impressive historical sites, golden fields of wheat and sunflowers, charming Provençal villages, and deep turquoise lakes.

Perhaps the most famous village in the Valensole Plateau is deservedly that of Valensole itself. This colourful village sits elevated above the plateau, with the 11th century St Blaise church at its helm.

Pastel coloured houses crowd the narrow streets and the hidden gardens beckon you to discover their secrets. Take a pause here on your tour of the lavender fields of Valensole to take a stroll, sample lavender-laced delicacies, or sit in a curbside cafe for lunch.

At the other end of the Valensole Plateau lies Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon, a picturesque village hanging on the hillside overlooking the vast lac de Sainte-Croix.

Valensole lavender fields in Provence, France

Map of the Valensole Lavender Fields

There’s no doubt that the Valensole Plateau creates the most popular Provence lavender route. Some of the most amazing lavender farms in Provence can be found here among the fields of golden wheat and full-faced sunflowers. And it’s the birthplace of many an iconic photo of Provence lavender.

The landscape here is fairly flat but it has just the right amount of gently swelling soil to give the rigid rows of lavender some dimension, creating the swoon-worthy fields you’re no doubt longing for. Stone cottages and crumbling farmhouses add interest in just the right places.

To make the most of this photographic region of Provence, you’ll need a car to get around. You can hire one here.

Update – I created a Valensole lavender itinerary based on the most beautiful fields this year (plus lovely villages and viewpoints). Read it here!

Field #1

Valensole Plateau lavender fields, France

This lavender field is bordered by sunflower fields, which just makes the experience even more magical. Park opposite the lavender field and take care crossing the road. Wander up the divide between sunflowers and lavender and you’ll find respite from the crowds, and another less frequented lavender field behind.

This Valensole lavender field is a great place to photograph the contrasting colours of yellow and purple.

Field #2

Valensole lavender fields.

A short stroll past the sunflower fields will have you arriving at Lavandes Angelvin – home to some of the more famous Provence lavender fields. With seemingly endless rows of purple perfection, only interrupted by a few well-placed trees, it’s a spot that well deserves its reputation.

Field #3 

Lavender fields of Valensole, Provence, France

This is one of my favourite Valensole lavender fields. With a gently swelling landscape (the hill becomes more pronounced on the eastern end), bright orange soil, and a rugged mountainous backdrop – it’s one not to miss!

Field #4

Between Riez and Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon, rows of lavender hide behind a canopy of trees. It’s a good place to escape the crowds and find solitude among the buds. There are some unsightly pylons far in the distance, but they shouldn’t cause too much of a problem for the creative photographer!

Field #5

Sunflower and lavender fields in Provence, France

Just before Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon, you’ll find another lavender farm framed by sunflowers. There are two main fields here. The first you’ll come to is situated right by the road, and a little further down you’ll find another set back off the road a little. It’s opposite a sign advertising lavender honey.

*Update – these lavender fields aren’t the prettiest this year, and there are no sunflowers. Perhaps give it a miss, or just stop by for a quick look and to pick up some honey on your way.

Field #6

Ultimate Guide to the Best Lavender Fields in Provence, France

On the way towards Puimisson, from Riez, you’ll find a remarkable lavender field with an amazing traditional stone house placed perfectly among the purple rows. For the best vantage point, drive up the small dirt road to the left of the field.

You’ll need to get here well before sunset, as around an hour before the sun sinks, the front of the field becomes dark and shaded.

Field #7

There are expansive lavender fields on the opposite side of the road to where I’ve placed this marker, however, what makes this lavender field special is a crumbling cottage set within the lavender.

*Update – no lavender directly around the stone hut this year. But there are still fields in the vicinity.

Field #8

Lavender field in Valensole

This field I discovered in the 2019 season and it’s become a firm favourite. The gently undulating land, the perfectly placed stone cottage, the bushy rows of lavender – just perfection. Park opposite the field and you’ll need to walk through the fields (carefully!) to reach the best viewpoint for the cottage.

Field #9

This spot wasn’t nearly as busy as some other fields, and yet it was picture-perfect! A very large field that had a decent-sized slope at one end – making for great photos. If you’re planning a photo shoot and don’t want to compete with the crowds, this could be a great option.

Field #10

A smaller field, but perfectly formed and very quiet. The light at sunset was just perfect for portraits or family photos. 

Field #11 

Large lavender fields either side of the road in this spot close to Moustiers-Sainte-Marie. Beautiful craggy mountain range in the background frames the fields perfectly. There’s not too much of a slope, but these lavender fields in Valensole are large enough to make a statement in their own right.

Sault Lavender Fields in Provence

The fortified village of Sault sits on a ridge wedged between a thick wooded forest on one side and a rolling agricultural valley on the other. Well-preserved and brimming with history, it’s worth wandering through the medieval streets to sample the unique flair of this northern Provençal village.

Be sure to pop into the nougat factory for a taste, and pick up a walking tour map from the local tourist office, which will guide you around the old town.

Map of the Sault Lavender Fields

The road leading to Sault offers views over a plateau awash with lavender. It’s here that you realise the immense scale of lavender production in this area of Provence.

More concentrated than in the Valensole Plateau, the lavender fields of Sault (and the surrounding plateau d’Albion) are best explored on a bike, or by foot. There’s a 5.7km “lavender path” that will lead you through some of the finest fields. To walk it, park at the public car park just after the Vallon distillery on D164.

If exploring by bike or by car, follow the suggested lavender route below.

Provence lavender map

Update – I created a Sault lavender itinerary based on the most beautiful fields this year (plus lovely villages and distilleries). Read it here!

Field #1

Sault lavender fields in Provence, France

This lavender field rests against an agrarian backdrop of stone terraces and an old stone tower. Look in the other direction, and you’ll have an incredible view of Mont Ventoux.

Field #2

Lavender field in Sault, Provence, France

A petite field, it’s no less impressive as it perfectly frames the hillside village of Aurel and mountains in the background. A beautiful spot to have a picnic under the shady trees that surround it.

Field #3

Sault lavender field in Provence, France

This lavender field is on the Sault lavender walk, you’ll pass it near the beginning. A lovely stone hut rests at the end of a sloping field, and there are other fields with huts tucked off the road behind this one.

Field #4

Lavender field near Aurel in Provence, France

This perfectly groomed lavender field rests below the small village of Aurel. It’s just as stunning from above, in the village, as it is up-close. So try to take in both perspectives.

Field #5

Lavender field with bories near Ferrassières in Provence, France

The vibrant lavender contrasts brilliantly with these old stone bories in a field just north of Ferrassières.

Remember, you can read more about these lavender fields in Sault, plus many more in this itinerary.

Luberon Lavender Fields of Provence

The Luberon valley is my favourite area of Provence. A place where hilltop villages collide with dramatic scenery and history is ingrained in its soul. A place to go for a drive through whimsical roads, a walk through fragrant foliage, or to explore the cobbled lanes and advantageous views of its villages.

The Luberon is an artist’s earthy-toned palate. It’s where fiery red canyons slice through a dark green forest. Where serrated hills meet preened vineyards. And golden stones create both ancient conical houses and modern-day mansions. In essence, it’s the perfect place to get acquainted with the ‘real’ Provence.

Map of the Luberon Lavender Fields

Lavender fields in the Luberon Valley aren’t as highly concentrated as those in the Valensole or Sault plateaux. But this means finding them is as easy as going for a Sunday drive.

Winding through country lanes, you’re sure to find a field or two between the vineyards and olive groves. There are a few spots where you’re guaranteed to find Luberon lavender fields in bloom every year though, including some of the most iconic lavender fields in Provence!

Update – I created a Luberon lavender itinerary based on the most beautiful fields this year (plus lovely villages and viewpoints). Read it here!

#1 Sénanque Abbey

Abbey de Senanque near Gordes in Provence, France

This monastery set into a wooded valley not far from Gordes is one of the best places to see Provence lavender. The unique backdrop of the stone abbey offsets the purple lavender beautifully. During the Sénanque Abbey lavender season, crowds descend on the Luberon to get a glimpse of this iconic scene. Combine it with a trip inside the Sénanque Abbey for a truly memorable trip.

#2 Between the villages of the Luberon

The Luberon lavender fields - Provence lavender route

At the midway point between Gordes, Lacoste and Bonnieux, you’ll find a large cluster of lavender fields that are perfectly framed by the three villages. One in particular (where the marker is) is home to a beautiful large stone mas, which breaks up the purple perfectly. Find exact coordinates, and more fields in this area, here.

#3 Rustrel

Between the pretty, petite village of Rustrel and the incredible landscapes of the Colorado Provençal, you’ll find lavender fields crisscrossing between the bucolic country lanes.

#4 Les Agnels

The fields surrounding this lavender distillery near Apt are divine. Starting at the intersection of the D232 and D113 you’ll notice immense lavender fields on both sides of the road. If you’re travelling from the lower Luberon (Lourmarin, Bonnieux) this will be your first stop. Carry on down the road towards Apt and you’ll find many fields worthy of your attention. The one in the photo above is taken just after the distillery, heading downhill.

#5 Château du Bois

Fine Lavender Tour Provence. Chateau du Bois Lavender Farm.

The Château du Bois lavender farm is located high in the Luberon, at 1100m above sea level, in a village called Lagarde-d’Apt. Growers of true lavender, it’s here you have a more delicate bud and a finer fragrance, than in the lower elevations of Provence.

The Château du Bois lavender farm can only be visited by an organised private tour in early July – read more about the experience here.

Where to Stay to Explore the Lavender Fields in Provence France

In order to make the most of your time in Provence, I’d recommend staying central to explore the other delights of the region. Here are some suggestions, or you can read my full guide to the best places to stay in Provence.

The Luberon Valley is a great place to see the lavender of Provence, France


Aix-en-Provence is a fabulous city full of culture, festive ambience, and Provençal charm. It’s an excellent place to stay to take day trips around Provence, and it’s not too much of a drive to all three lavender regions detailed above. Alternatively, you can take a lavender tour from Aix-en-Provence.

Best places to stay in Aix-en-Provence – Read our full guide here


Avignon is a city brimming with history and old-world grandeur. Like Aix, there are many day trips from Avignon that will round up your perfect holiday in Provence. 

Avignon is closer to the Sault and Luberon lavender fields, but it’s still possible to drive or take a tour to the Valensole lavender fields.

Best places to stay in Avignon – Read our full guide here


If you want to be knee-deep in French village living, head for the Luberon Valley. Take your pick of charming hilltop villages to stay in and enjoy driving the country lanes lined with lavender fields.

Best places to stay in the Luberon

Provence Lavender Tours

If you don’t have a car to explore the lavender farms of Provence on your own, it’s entirely possible to visit some of the finest fields with a half or full day lavender tour. See some options below, or click on the links to find the perfect lavender tour to suit you!


Visiting the Provence lavender fields is an incredible event that will leave you spellbound. Whichever of these lavender routes in Provence you decide to take, or indeed if you experience them all, you are sure to have an unforgettable time in Provence.

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96 thoughts on “The Best Lavender Fields of Provence, France – 2021 Guide

  1. Lisa Stewart says:

    What a great guide you’ve laid out for us with amazing pictures. I’m headed there this summer and would love to use your suggestions. The maps of each of the numbered fields isn’t showing up. Is there any way you could email them to me? Thank you so much for your expertise.

  2. Annamarie says:

    Thanks for this article ! I will be heading there in late June. Are there accommodations that are like in the middle of the fields or something like an agri-tourism accommodation (like in Tuscany). Great guide! I will include your article in my reference.

  3. Sasha says:

    Hi! What a great overview of lavender in Provence. We’re going to be driving from Barcelona to Paris in early June and hoping to make a few stops along the way. I know the fields might not be fully blooming then, but which ones are likely to start first? Hoping we’ll be able to catch some early bloomers. Thanks!!

    • Nadine Maffre says:

      Hi Sasha, you should try the fields in Valensole. They’re at a lower altitude and therefore likely to bloom first. Whether you see much in early June will depend on the weather up until that point! Good luck 🙂

  4. Priscilla C Footlik says:

    Thank you. Your detailed, informative site was extremely helpful to me. We will have a limited time in France (we are going to Fête des Vignerons in Vevey) so we will try our luck with the later lavender near Sault.

  5. Emily Melody says:

    This was lovely and very informative. I noticed you have a child. Any recommendations for places to go in Provence that kids enjoy? We will be traveling with an 8 year old?

    Thank you!

    • Nadine Maffre says:

      Hi Emily! I need to write a post on this, don’t I? Lac de Peyrolles is a massive hit with kids – big playground, floating obstacle course, splash park etc. And it’s all free! There’s also Village des Automates in Saint-Cannat, which is a little ‘different’ but the kids love it. Labyrinthe Geant which is a maze/playground. My son loves to explore the ruined castles with me (I wrote about that here), and there’s also the beaches and other lakes. You’ll have plenty to do 🙂

  6. Vivian says:

    Hi Nadine,

    Thanks for the great article! I am planning my trip between 6/11 and 6/21. Do you think 3 night in Provence is good enough? Can you please give some recommendation about where to stay? Do I have to rent a car? Do you think the lavender in Sénanque Abbey will be bloom by that time? If not, then where is the best lavender field to visit in that period? Can you please reply me through the email address I provided? Thank you 🙂


  7. Tina says:

    Hi Nadine,
    A fellow Kiwi here. We are coming to Provence from 29th June (landing in Marseilles) and leaving from Perpignan on 7th July. We will rent a car. Our aim is to drive around and see as many lavender fields and quaint French villages as possible. We don’t mind staying in different hotels each night but wondered if it would make more sense to stay in one hotel for the majority of the time we’re in Provence and just do day trips to each region (Luberon, Sault & Valensole) or are they stretched too far from each other and we should stay in different hotels each night instead? Roughly how many nights in each do you think? We would like to have at least 2 full days up in the Pyrenees too. Any tips would be appreciated please. Thanks, Tina

    • Nadine Maffre says:

      Hi Tina, I think it’s absolutely doable from one base. For example, you could stay around Apt in the Luberon which is only 30-40 mins from Sault, an hour from Valensole, and not far from some of the most beautiful villages around.
      I would account at least 5-7 days for covering all the sights without feeling too rushed. Cheers, Nadine

  8. Bruno Maia says:

    Dear Nadine, Thanks for your lovely guide! Trully happy to have found your page. I’m planning a 4-5 days break with my family in Provence and was searching for reliable information about the Lavender fields. The richness of your descriptions and the wiliness to share the locations and your valuable tips are inspiring! Since I have a 14 months little daughter I will choose some central location to stay and allow me to explore all field areas within a day trip (driving). Btw for baby friendly place do you have any recommendation? Appreciate all your care!

    • Nadine Maffre says:

      Hi Bruno! You’re welcome 🙂 If you’re wanting to explore all areas (Valensole, Sault & the Luberon) then I’d recommend staying around Apt or its surrounds. I don’t have experience staying there with a baby, but this place looks like it will be well equipped and comfortable for a family stay. Have a great time!

  9. Minori says:

    Hi Nadine

    Your blog is amazing and I love your gorgeous photos. We are coming to Provence via Marseille airport with 2 kids, my husband and me by car. My kids are 6 months old and 3 year old daughters. We will be there from June 27th to July 1st this year, and we are so excited to see the beautiful lavender field.
    I wanted to get your suggestions on which area to visit to see the picturesque lavender field, and also kids friendly places to visit.
    Are there any bees we need to consider for kids at the lavender field…?
    Any suggestions on places to stay with kids..? I would like kitchen to cook for my baby. Hope you can help!

    • Nadine Maffre says:

      Hi Minori, so sorry for the delay – I’m not sure how I missed your comment! You should head to the Valensole plateau at that time of the year – all the fields I’ve mapped out will be beautiful at that time. There are loads of bees in the fields, but they’re focused on other things 😉 I’ve walked all through the fields without getting stung, just be careful not to startle them – kids walking slowly etc. Of course, it can happen though… I imagine you’ve probably booked somewhere to stay by now, but let me know if this isn’t the case and I’ll give you some suggestions! Have a fab time 🙂

  10. John Riley says:

    Hi Nadine, after reading your wonderful guide, I now want to try to fit Provence into my Europe trip. My tentative itinerary is to go to Paris from Amsterdam by train on June 22, then fly to Venice on June 28. Do you think it is possible to modify my itinerary to add in June 26 Paris to Nice, then June 28 Nice to Venice (assuming Nice is the closet airport to Provence)? I know it is pushing it, but I would love to spend the full day of June 27 making memories with family in the Provence lavender and sunflower fields. Are we in the right time to visit the fields? Do you think it is doable? Is flying to Nice and renting a car our best option? Thank you so much.

    • Nadine Maffre says:

      Hi John, you could visit for just two days – I think it’d still be worthwhile. If you can, fly into Marseille as it’s a bit closer. And yes, the lavender should look lovely then. It’s at its best early July, but late June should be lovely also (depends on the Spring weather also).

  11. Natalie says:

    Thank you so much for your thorough guide Nadine!! I had started researching for our trip in January, took a break from all the headspinning info, and am so fortunate you have posted such a comprehensive guide now before we visit in mid-July.

    We are only going to be in Provence for a couple days (my four kids and my partner). I noticed that you mentioned to stay in Apt, but do you have any recommendations where to stay for a prime Lavender fields location, as well as pre-Bastille Day happenings?

    thank you so much in advance for your advice. if you prefer, feel free to email me. can’t wait to visit some of these spots on your list!

    • Nadine Maffre says:

      Hi Natalie, if you’re only going to be in the area for two days, I’d recommend focusing on one area – two at a push. Between the Valensole/Luberon/Sault Areas. Valensole may be harvested in mid-July (I think the lavender festival is 21st July this year). But it’s hard to know in advance. Sault would be a safer bet. This B&B is right among the lavender fields in Sault. Have an amazing time!

  12. Amy Chow says:

    Nadine, I have already booked to visit Provence on Aug 20-21 this year, will it be too late to see any lavender fields?? Do you think there is anything to see around that time? Thanks!

    • Nadine Maffre says:

      Hi Amy, you’ll be too late to see lavender in the farms sorry, but there may still be the odd unharvested paddock around the region. I have heard of people stumbling across random fields later in the season, but they’ll be hard to find!

  13. Ka says:

    Hi Nadine, thanks for your article it’s informative. I would be traveling to see the lavender fields between July 26 – 28. Which area would be best to see the lavender fields still? Thanks in advance

    • Nadine Maffre says:

      Hey there, at that time of the year I’d head to the Sault region. The Valensole lavender festival is a little earlier so most of the fields around there would have been cut already. Hope that helps! Nadine

  14. Sophia says:

    Hi Nadine, amazing to find your article. I will be flying to Marseille in early July. Plan to join a one day tour to see the lavender fields on 4 July (one day return from Marseille). Which area of lavender should I look for from the tour? Do you have any recommendation for tour company and hotel at Marseille? Thank you.

    • Nadine Maffre says:

      Hi Sophia, head to the Valensole plateau at that time of year – it’ll be stunning. This tour is a fab one as you’ll also get to see the incredible Verdon gorge. Or this tour if you also want to visit Aix (one of my favourite cities!). As for accommodation in Marseille, I haven’t personally stayed in any hotels there yet but in terms of location and availability, this one looks like a good choice!

  15. Bella Lopez says:

    Hi there, we’re arriving Provence July 13 to 22 this year. Where should we go to get the best views of the fields?
    Thank you.

    • Nadine Maffre says:

      Hi Bella, the Valensole plateau may still be in bloom – but as the Valensole lavender festival is on the 21st July, it will be cut prior to that. You could also head to the Sault region which will be in bloom for longer.

  16. Cindy says:

    Hi Nadine! Great article! Very informative too. My family and I are visiting 2nd week of July. We are a large group. Do you think we can just rent a van and go around ourselves or what tour should you suggest we take? Hope to hear from you soon in my email. Thank you!

    • Nadine Maffre says:

      Hi Cindy, yes it’s absolutely doable to hire a van and drive yourselves around. If you feel comfortable driving, I’d recommend it as you can stay as long as you like and discover new fields and lovely little farmer’s stalls etc on the way 🙂 Otherwise, if you want some tour recommendations, I’d need to know where you are staying while you’re in Provence.

      • Cindy says:

        Hi Nadine, we plan to rent a van. Is Hotel Les Ambres a good place to make as a hub then we go around Provence Or Oceania in aix is better? Thank you!

        • Nadine Maffre says:

          Hi Cindy, it depends on where you want to spend the majority of your time. Hotel Les Ambres would make a great base for exploring the Luberon and its village, and it’s well placed for visiting places like Sault, the Verdon Gorge, even Avignon. I think it would be a lovely relaxed place to stay in proper Provencal countryside. However, if you’re hoping to see more of Aix, or even the coast, then perhaps staying in the city would be better. Hope that helps!

  17. Hannah says:

    Hi Nadine, I love the article. I am trying to find where I should take my sister who loves lavender. We will be travelling from Nice on the 19th with a car. Where should I go, in order to see fields of lavender at that time? I was thinking Valensole, but looking at your comments above, it seems like that is too late.

    Thank you in advance!

    • Nadine Maffre says:

      Hi Hannah, it’s hard to know exactly, but with the Valensole lavender festival taking place on the 21st this year, I think it probably will have been harvested in that area by then. The safer bet is to head to Sault which will be in bloom a little longer… Have a fab time!

  18. lia says:

    hi nadine,
    love your information about lavender. if i’m going to provence in 12-14 july, is it better to go valensole or sault? if i want to go to sault, which area is better to stay? regards from indonesia

    • Nadine Maffre says:

      Hi Lia, the Valensole plateau *should* still be in flower by then. It’s hard to know exactly though as harvesting depends on many factors. If you were to travel to Sault, the village itself is lovely to stay in, otherwise there’s a great little place on the plateau below – among the lavender fields – called La Bastide des Bourguets 🙂

  19. Alisa Kapinos says:

    Hi Nadine, thank you for writing such an informative and beautiful blog post! Love all of your photos so much! A quick question… My husband and I, along with our 3 small kids have planned our entire trip to France around seeing these lavender fields…. ok, let’s be real, I planned the whole trip to France because I really wanted to see these fields! 🙂 We are planning on staying in Nice as home base and attempting to take a road trip to see some fields from there… I looked on a map and there are a few fields closer to Cannes and Nice, but would love your recommendations on which fields to check out! I’ve been reading mixed reviews on that area’s fields. Would love any info you could provide! Thank you so much!!

    • Nadine Maffre says:

      You’re most welcome! Haha don’t worry, I totally get it 😉 I’m afraid I’m not much help when it comes to the fields around Cannes and Nice – I haven’t been there in the right season! Sorry about that… I do think Nice to Valensole is a manageable day trip though, if you wanted to take that option. Hope your trip to France lives up to the dream!

  20. Prasanth says:

    Hi Nadine,

    Amazing article! We are planning to visit on the 15th and 16th june 2019. would there be any bloom by then and can you please suggest us the best area for this time?

    • Nadine Maffre says:

      Hi Prasanth, I think you’ll be unlikely to see the lavender in full bloom by then. But it may be out a little as we’ve had some brilliant weather lately! Your best bet is around the Luberon or the Valensole plateau, as they are at a lower altitude than Sault. Best, Nadine

  21. Ramona says:

    Hi, thank you for the article! I will be in Saint Remy de Provence the first days of July (1-4), could you please advise where would be the nearest fields of lavender in bloom? Thank you very much!

    • Nadine Maffre says:

      Hi Ramona, sorry for the delay! I’m not actually aware of any lavender fields in the Alpilles – they may well exist, I just haven’t seen them in bloom! Of the places I have listed, the Luberon fields would be the closest to St Remy. I’ve also heard the Saint-Paul de Mausole Monastery has a field outside, but again, I haven’t seen this myself. Sorry I can’t be of more help!

  22. Vera says:

    Very nice article, thank you.
    Could you please tell me where we could find the best lavender fields closest to St Remy on July 2? We would not want to drive all the way to Valensole if possible.
    Thanks a lot!

    • Nadine Maffre says:

      Hi Alisa, just checking you saw my earlier response? I also asked around, but other than Île Saint-Honorat (which isn’t super handy anyway), I’m drawing a blank. I think if you have your heart set on seeing the ‘real deal’ you’d be better off making the day trip to Valensole! 🙂

  23. Meena says:

    Hi Nadine, thanks for the great article and information. I will be in Provence from 10 to 14 July. I was initially planning to stay in avignon, but because of the festival it is getting difficult to find a hotel. Would you recommed any other base? Aix-En-Provence? I am mainly interested in lavender fields and Luberon villages My return is from avignon. Will the Valensole fields by harvested before that? Thanks

    • Nadine Maffre says:

      Hi Meena, ah yes, the Avignon festival does make things busy! You should still be within time to see the Valensole fields (although it does change every year), and if not, the Sault fields. Why not stay in the Luberon itself? You could try L’isle-sur-la-Sorgue if you want a slightly bigger town/village, or over towards Apt where you’ll be close to both the Luberon villages and lavender fields 🙂 Aix also makes a great base for exploring Provence, but if you’re mainly interested in the Luberon and lavender, it’ll be a fair bit of driving each day.

      • Meenal says:

        Thanks Nadine. I won’t be driving, but will be taking organised day trips to Valensole and Luberon. Do you think they will get repetitive and I should just do one of them? I would have loved to stay in Luberon, but without a car I think it could be difficult to get around. Thus I was inclining towards Avignon or Aix. Any other good hotel recommendations in Aix? The ones you have mentioned above are fully booked.

  24. Jocelyn says:

    HI Nadine, thanks for such great and informative information! I am planning a weekend trip to Nice and want to spend a day at the lavender fiends by renting a car and driving up. I will be going the weekend of August 2-3. Is this too late in the season to go to the Valensole Lavender Fields? Is there a better place that we should try to go and see the lavender? Also – do you have any recommendations of tours or is this something that we would be able to explore self guided?

    • Nadine Maffre says:

      Hi Jocelyn. Unfortunately, it is quite late in the season to find lavender around Valensole (apart from the odd field) as it is generally harvested mid-July. You could instead try around Sault where the lavender is cut much later. Your trip will also coincide with the lavender festival in Digne les Bains. Also, because it is quite late in the season, most lavender tours will have ended, but in any case, I think you’d do fine to explore the area self-guided 🙂

  25. Amy says:

    Hi Nadine,
    You are amazing for providing all this information, thank you!

    My mother and I are driving to the Luberon region around 29 June 2019. Do you have suggestions for a distillery where we can take a tour and buy lavender products? We don’t need a whole tour to get around because we will have a car. Or if you really suggest a tour, are there any that are fairly short in duration?

    Thank you!

    • Nadine Maffre says:

      Hi Amy – you’re most welcome! Yes, you can pop into the Les Agnels distillery in Buoux. Alternatively, there’s the lavender museum in Coustellet, or l’occitane distillery in Manosque, or there’s a little distillery in Sault called Aroma’Plantes. Hope that helps!

  26. Jeanne says:

    Hi Nadine,

    I will be arriving June 22nd, do think there is a chance of still seeing the Lavender Fields in bloom, also which Fields do you think have the best chance of being late bloomers ? Do you know of a local tour company that I might be able to make arrangements with ?

    Thank you so much for your time and for the beautiful article you wrote. I can’t wait to get there, your pictures are absolutely beautiful.


  27. Erika says:

    Hi Nadine! Fantastic site! You’ve got me super stoked to see lavender in Provence! We’ll be coming into Marseille on a cruise and are renting a car for a day trip. We were planning to drive up to Valensole but, unfortunately, I realized our trip is a bit too late in the season (July 24th). Sault is a pretty long trek from Marseille for a day trip so I was wondering if that is our only option at this time or if there is anything closer. I read the lower Luberon tends to bloom later as well, but it’s not clear to me how late. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks again for gathering all this great info!

    • Nadine Maffre says:

      Hi Erika, the higher elevations tend to flower later in the season, so up around Sault or in the Drôme are your best bets, but yes, a long way from Marseille! There may still be some fields in flower around the Luberon or Valensole if you want to ‘take your chances’, but most will be cut if they’re commercial fields. Maybe consider hiring a guide for the day, they’ll be able to save you time by taking you directly to which fields are still in flower at that time. Best, Nadine

  28. Le says:

    Hi Nadine
    We will visit Provence in 26-27 July. Is it still a chance to see lavender there? Can you recommend us any place to see and stay 1 night . Thank you .

  29. Anu Wadivkar says:

    Hi Nadine, your information is remarkable and so helpful. I will be visiting the region for 3 days , July 15-18, 2019, driving down from Geneva, with my husband and teenage son. Like another person who posted, I created the trip for the lavender fields. Where do you recommend we visit and stay? We will be driving a rental car? Can’t wait to get there.

    • Nadine Maffre says:

      Hi Anu! Oh, that’s a tricky one! You may be just in time for the Valensole plateau – but it’s hard to know for sure whether it will be harvested by then or not. You’re visiting right about the time they normally do it. They’re the most impressive fields, so it may be worth the chance. Or, you could stay in the Luberon so that you can visit Valensole one day, and then Sault the next – which also has plenty of lavender and is harvested later in the season.

      • seth gadinsky says:

        We will be visiting by car on July 17th. It sounds like our best bet is to drive to Sault but Valensole may still be an option. Is there a website that tells you what is being harvested and when? Thanks.

        • Nadine Maffre says:

          Hi Seth, yes the lavender festival in Valensole is on the 21st and it’s normally mostly harvested before then – around the second week of July. Unfortunately, when it’s harvested depends on many things – incl the weather conditions day by day. They’ve already started harvesting some of the fields around the Luberon, and I did see one field in Valensole getting harvested last week when I visited. So your safest bet is up around Sault.

  30. Kellie McCann says:

    Hi! I can see from most of the comments so far that an early August visit might be too late, but I arrive in Nice Aug 8th (and planning my road trips!) and am just wondering if you think it would still be worth a visit to any of the cities around Provence after the 10th or so given that I think the harvest was a bit late this year? Thanks so much for such a beautiful and detailed article 🙂

    • Nadine Maffre says:

      Hi Kellie, they started harvesting Valensole around the same time as usual (keeping in mind ‘late’ is the new norm). But I think Sault should still have some lovely fields around the time of your visit. Best, Nadine

  31. Xijian says:

    Hey Nadine, the information in your website is so impressive and helpful. I plan to visit Sault around 13-14th August (Just before the Sault Lavender Festival). According to your comments above, it seems I will miss the bloom of lavender in Sault. Is it still possible to see the lavender in the middle of August?

    • Nadine Maffre says:

      HI Xijian, it is possible, yes. Especially around the Sault area. However, knowing when exactly the fields will be harvested is almost impossible as it depends on the flower, the weather, even the harvesting tools! I also think they normally keep a few fields unharvested around the festival period – to add to the attraction.

  32. Xijian says:

    Hey, Nadine, thanks a lot for your replying and information. I have choose to visit Sault on 15th, August, the day of Lavender Festival, and stay there overnight. I hope they will keep several fields as you said, and also would like see how they celebrate it. I do want to take photos for the lavender fields as a photograph lover.

  33. Janice says:

    Beautiful article! Our cruise ship will be in Cannes France July 5th, 2020. We are hoping to see the gorgeous lavender Fields! I was wondering if we can view some in Grasse? If not, should we hire a guide to take us inland? I think it’s worth it to see this beautiful landscape!

    • Nadine Maffre says:

      Hi Janice, there aren’t any lavender fields around Grasse that I’m aware of. You could absolutely hire a driver for the day though and tour the fields around Valensole. It’s around 2 hours or so each way.

  34. Elena Vasilescu says:

    Can you recommend any distilleries in Provence, France that are organic and ship Lavender essential oil to US?

  35. ruffa lagria says:

    Hi Nadine,
    thank You for your effort what a very informative article.
    we are planning to visit the last 3 weeks in july.
    hopefully to catch the scenery of sunflower en lavendel fields.
    could we still catch up between 13july til 31 for the best picturesque?
    if yes, which field do u highly recommend me?
    hoping for your answer.
    it will help me.
    thank you nadine & have a great day ahead.

    Ruffa Lagria

    • Nadine Maffre says:

      Hi Ruffa,
      Unfortunately, I haven’t seen many sunflower fields around this year – however, there is plenty of sage which looks beautiful also! For the lavender, the earlier part of your trip will be good for Valensole, then head to the Luberon and finally Sault to catch the best fields at the most opportune time 🙂 They generally start harvesting the lavender in the Valensole plateau around the third week of July, but it could be a little earlier this week due to the early bloom.

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