Where to Find the Best Lavender Fields of Provence France

Ultimate Guide to the Best Lavender Fields in Provence, France

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 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.


Lavender fields of Provence, France

Lavender Season in Provence

When does lavender bloom in Provence? This is the question I (and I’m sure all other Provence locals) 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. This year, for example, the Provence lavender season started later than usual because of the unusually wet spring we had.

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

Provence Lavender in June

  • By late June most Lavender in Provence is in bloom.
  • The fine lavender grown in the highest altitudes of Provence is the latest to bloom.

Provence Lavender 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.
  • 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 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.

Lavender fields of Provence, France

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.

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. 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 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.

Valensole Plateau lavender fields, France

Lavender fields of Valensole, Provence, France Sunflower and 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 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.

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

*To see each field number, click on the markers on the map above.

Field #1

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

Field #2

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 

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 – its 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.

Field #5

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.

Field #6

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

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.


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 region of Provence. More concentrated than in the Valensole Plateau, the lavender fields of Sault are best explored on a bike, or by foot.

There’s a 5km “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.

*To see each field number, click on the markers on the map above.

Field #1

This lavender field situated opposite La Bastide des Bourguets is absolute perfection! Bordered by a mountainous ridge and fields of fluffy golden wheat, it’s a delight to wander through. There’s even a small stone hut near the centre to add a little more interest.

Field #2

A petite field, it’s no less impressive as it perfectly frames the hillside village of Aurel.

Field #3

On one side of this marker, you have a beautiful large field with a little hut at one end. And on the other, there’s another gently swelling field with two well-placed trees at its highest point.

Field #4

Rolling fields on either side of this road. Perfect purple fields, as far as you can see.

Field #5

To find these fields, park on the road and wander up behind the field of trees. Here you’ll find a patchwork of lavender fields, some with old cottages tucked between the rows.


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.

Lavender of Provence, France

Map of the Luberon Lavender Fields

Lavender fields in the Luberon Valley aren’t as highly concentrated as those in the Valensole or Sault plateaus. 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!

*To see each field number, click on the markers on the map above.

#1 Sénanque Abbey

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.

*2019 update – unfortunately the lavender field directly in front of the abbey has been replanted, meaning you’ll only see baby plants here this year. The other fields around the abbey remain though.

#2 Between the villages of the Luberon

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.

#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 Château du Bois

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

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

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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64 Comment

  1. Reply
    Lena
    August 27, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    All of your photos are so incredibly gorgeous! Is there any lucky in finding lavender early June?

    1. Reply
      Nadine Maffre
      September 7, 2018 at 6:12 am

      Possibly! The lavender was late this year, so early June would have been a stretch. But normally it starts flowering around then 🙂

    2. Reply
      Robin
      June 7, 2019 at 6:06 pm

      HI,

      Will the lavender bloom early or late this year? I will be there on June 21st. I am really hoping to get to see it. 🙂

      Take care,
      Robin

      1. Reply
        Nadine Maffre
        June 7, 2019 at 9:49 pm

        It’s already starting to flower just a little. So I think you’ll be able to see some beautiful fields (if not full bloom) by the 21st 🙂

  2. Reply
    Ashley
    November 20, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    Wow! What a fantastic article and beautiful photos!

  3. Reply
    Lisa Stewart
    January 27, 2019 at 8:24 am

    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.

    1. Reply
      Nadine Maffre
      January 27, 2019 at 9:24 am

      Hi Lisa, sure no problem, I’ll email you the link directly to Google Maps. Hope you have a wonderful time!

      1. Reply
        Lisa Stewart
        January 31, 2019 at 6:25 am

        Hi, just making sure you sent me that email. I haven’t seen it yet. Thanks

        Lisa

        1. Reply
          Nadine Maffre
          February 7, 2019 at 10:53 am

          Sent now, sorry for the delay!

          1. Michele
            May 5, 2019 at 11:37 pm

            Hi Nadine,
            Please may I also get the google map with links please? We are heading there in early July and we are super excited!

            Thanks – Michele

  4. Reply
    Annamarie
    January 28, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    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.

    1. Reply
      Nadine Maffre
      February 7, 2019 at 10:55 am

      Hi Annamarie, I haven’t heard of anywhere like that – but it’s a great idea! There’s only one place that comes to mind. I saw it when I was visiting the lavender fields in Sault. It’s this place that I mentioned in the article: https://www.booking.com/hotel/fr/la-bastide-des-bourguets.en.html?aid=1273959&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1

  5. Reply
    Sasha
    February 3, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    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!!

    1. Reply
      Nadine Maffre
      February 7, 2019 at 11:01 am

      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 🙂

  6. Reply
    Priscilla C Footlik
    February 4, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    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.

    1. Reply
      Nadine Maffre
      February 7, 2019 at 11:01 am

      Have a great time Priscilla!

  7. Reply
    Emily Melody
    February 11, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    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!

    1. Reply
      Nadine Maffre
      February 12, 2019 at 6:29 pm

      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 🙂

  8. Reply
    Vivian
    February 22, 2019 at 1:42 am

    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 🙂

    Vivian

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    Tina
    March 14, 2019 at 10:58 am

    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

    1. Reply
      Nadine Maffre
      March 21, 2019 at 8:56 am

      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

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    Bruno Maia
    March 27, 2019 at 10:00 am

    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!

    1. Reply
      Nadine Maffre
      April 2, 2019 at 10:49 am

      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!

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    Minori
    April 3, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    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!

    1. Reply
      Nadine Maffre
      April 30, 2019 at 1:49 pm

      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 🙂

  12. Reply
    John Riley
    April 8, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    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.

    1. Reply
      Nadine Maffre
      April 17, 2019 at 10:01 am

      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).

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    Natalie
    April 10, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    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!

    1. Reply
      Nadine Maffre
      April 17, 2019 at 10:09 am

      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!

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    Amy Chow
    April 26, 2019 at 4:41 am

    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!

    1. Reply
      Nadine Maffre
      April 30, 2019 at 1:36 pm

      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!

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    Ka
    April 28, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    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

    1. Reply
      Nadine Maffre
      April 30, 2019 at 1:38 pm

      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

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    Sophia
    May 5, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    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.

    1. Reply
      Nadine Maffre
      May 10, 2019 at 9:18 am

      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!

  17. Reply
    Bella Lopez
    May 6, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    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.

    1. Reply
      Nadine Maffre
      May 10, 2019 at 9:26 am

      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.

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    Cindy
    May 8, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    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!

    1. Reply
      Nadine Maffre
      May 10, 2019 at 9:32 am

      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.

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        Cindy
        May 16, 2019 at 2:43 pm

        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!

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          Nadine Maffre
          May 20, 2019 at 9:14 am

          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!

  19. Reply
    Hannah
    May 29, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    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!

    1. Reply
      Nadine Maffre
      June 1, 2019 at 10:20 pm

      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!

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    lia
    June 2, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    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

    1. Reply
      Nadine Maffre
      June 4, 2019 at 12:01 am

      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 🙂

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    Alisa Kapinos
    June 5, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    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!!

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      Nadine Maffre
      June 7, 2019 at 9:52 pm

      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!

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    Prasanth
    June 6, 2019 at 11:16 am

    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?

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      Nadine Maffre
      June 6, 2019 at 12:59 pm

      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

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    Ramona
    June 12, 2019 at 7:22 am

    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!

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      Nadine Maffre
      June 18, 2019 at 9:05 pm

      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!

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    Vera
    June 12, 2019 at 10:20 am

    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!

    1. Reply
      Nadine Maffre
      June 18, 2019 at 9:08 pm

      Hi Vera, you’ll be able to see plenty around the Luberon at that time. It’s still a wee bit of a drive, but not as far as Valensole 🙂 Aim for around Bonnieux.

  25. Reply
    Alisa Kapinos
    June 13, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    Hi Nadine, still can’t find any good info on our lavender adventure closer to Nice. Would love your thoughts on this… Merci!

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      Nadine Maffre
      June 18, 2019 at 9:27 pm

      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! 🙂

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    Meena
    June 14, 2019 at 1:05 am

    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

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      Nadine Maffre
      June 18, 2019 at 9:13 pm

      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.

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        Meenal
        June 19, 2019 at 2:01 pm

        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.

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          Nadine Maffre
          June 24, 2019 at 9:33 am

          Hi Meenal, yes in that case Aix is a good choice! Luberon is amazing for its villages and Valensole more so for the lavender, so not too repetitive. I’d definitely do both if you can. You could try La Maison d’Aix, Le Pigonnet or Domaine & Cie in Aix 🙂

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    Jocelyn
    June 21, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    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?

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      Nadine Maffre
      June 24, 2019 at 9:43 am

      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 🙂

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    Amy
    June 21, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    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!

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      Nadine Maffre
      June 24, 2019 at 9:50 am

      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!

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