The Lavender Fields of Provence, France
For only about one month out of every year, the rolling hillsides of the Provence region in France are covered in breathtaking rows of bright purple lavender. In pictures, it looks too beautiful to be real. In person, it is ethereal. We had so much fun checking off this bucket list item & I think everyone should see it (at least) once in their lifetime. So, here are all your questions about these stunning Lavender fields, answered.
How do I see the lavender fields?
You’ll need to hire a skillful tour guide to customize the very best day for you. Jean-François of French Prestige Tours is your man. Having become a tour guide after years of being a teacher, he is completely fluent in English (and four other languages) and will help you find hidden, off-the-beaten path destinations that very few tour guides know. We had the best day with JF (Jeff, as he tells us Americans to call him :), who chauffeured us all around Provence and took us to the most stunning fields, as well as stopping over in medieval French hillside towns along the way… we could not have asked for a more perfect day. He is also an extremely skilled photographer (an important tour guide trait when you’re looking for perfect photos of you and your friends in the lavender fields!)
Jean-François also does France sightseeing tours outside of the Lavender Fields, so you can customize a perfect day, or multiple days, with him as your trusty guide. You can contact him by email here or on his website.
Can I see sunflowers too?
Yes! There are stunning fields of sunflowers throughout the region as well!
What are the closest cities to the Lavender Fields?
Avignon, Aix en Provence, and Luberon are all wonderful towns to stay in if you are looking to be close to the lavender fields.
When should I visit the lavender fields?
July is usually the best time to visit. In the Luberon and the Rhone Valley regions, lavender begins to bloom mid-June. The Valensole plateau and Drome Provencal begins around the beginning of July. And the area of Sault begins blooming mid-July.
Why all the lavender?
France harvests all of this beautiful lavender into soaps, lotions, oils, honeys, and more. Lavender is known for its ability to eliminate nervous tension, relieve pain, disinfect, enhance blood circulation, promote sleep and rest, and treat respiratory problems. You can stock up when you’re there 🙂 I highly recommend tasting the honey. DELICIOUS!
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