Lavender fields in Provence: secret tips
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Close your eyes and breathe deep – your senses tell you you are in Provence!
Discover lavender harvest in summer or lavender farms in South of France. For tourists as well as locals, lavender is more than just a plant. The Provence lavender fields are part of the decor, and contribute’s to the region’s renown around the world.
Lavender flowering periods
This little plant is shaped in small clusters, thirty to eighty centimeters high. It is only of aesthetic interest once it starts to bloom. The lavender flowering season in Provence is an extraordinary sight: fields of light purple stretch beyond the horizon, like endless, motionless waves.
Lavender fields bloom from mid June to mid August, and may depend on climate factors: it comes sooner in warmer, sunnier regions, and can come later nearer to Alpine valleys. To take in lavender fields in bloom in Provence, you can plan a trip between mid-June and mid-July. Lavender is harvested from July to September.
Lavender truly is Provence’s purple gold and one of France’s most beloved attractions.
The most beautiful lavender fields in Provence
The world’s biggest and most famous lavender fields: Valensole
Those fields are so endless the horizon is tainted in purple. You’ll find the longest lavender lines in the world, and the highest number of acres covered in flowers. This is truly a photographer’s dream… so much that it’s also Provence’s most touristy spot at the end of June, when we reach peak bloom. It will be hard to take a shot without having a considerable amount of people in it – even at sunrise or sunset, even during week days. This is why you’ll find most secluded spots down below this post.
A perfect postcard: lavender in Sénanque
The Abbaye de Sénanque, in Vaucluse, is a medieval abbey founded in the 12th century – monks do still live there, work, pray and grow lavender. Seeing the purple-clad church at the beginning of July is truly a wonderful sight.
The late-bloomers: lavender in Sault, Ferrassières, Aurel
Has lavender already been cut in Valensole and Sénanque (early to mid-July, depending on the heat), and you’ve missed it? Dry your eyes and go to higher elevations. In some places, you might be able to see lavender until around mid-August. The fields surrounding the hilltop villages of Sault, Ferrassières and Aurel, in the heart of Vaucluse’s mountains, create a truly wonderful mosaic of purple hues, the villages offering scenic terraces to behold them, which can last longer than the ones in Valensole and Sénanque.
See you for the next lavender flowering period, and welcome to Provence!