Visiting the Lavender Fields of Valensole, France

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One of the most picture-perfect experiences for any traveler and photographer alike is witnessing the charming endless lavender fields of France’s Provence region during the European summer. From mid-June to early July, the French Provence is covered with an unmistakable fragrance that emerges from the endless fields tainted with a purple thin layer of lavender. Far before your eyes meet them their scent can be detected from kilometers away. And when you finally lay your eyes on them, you’ll pretty much feel like you have been transported to a French romantic novel in a split of seconds. It is truly fascinating! But with the lavender season getting all the attention from travelers, it is easily omitted that sunflowers blooming period happens at the same exact time, meaning you’ll also find mind-blowing sunflower fields around Provence. Wow!

Without further due, below is a brief travel trip on how to experience the lavender 2019 season in France.

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Where to see lavender fields in France?

Lavender fields can be found in the South of France, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. There are several lavender fields scattered in the region but Valensole Plateau, Sault Plateau, and the Luberon Valley are the three heavyweights in Provence. They all have a unique charm and beauty but Valensole is probably traveler’s top choice as it’s known for homing the biggest and most abundant lavender fields in the world. It is truly a photographer’s wonderland.
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When to visit Valensole in the French Provence?

Lavender flowering season usually goes from mid-June to early July. During the bloom season, several lavender festivals take place throughout Provence and they offer a great opportunity for visitors to plunge into local traditions and try locally produced lavender products from skin oils to ice creams. Valensole hosts the most famous lavender festival in Provence, which is held every year on the third Sunday of July; in 2019 it is scheduled to be held on July 21st. So if you happen to visit Valensole on the festival day, get ready to try delicious food, drink amazing wine and dance to folk music in the streets.

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How to get to Valensole?

The most convenient and time-saving option is to fly to either Marseilles or Nice, both located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. And there’s a wide range of airline options from most from European cities during the summer. Once in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, rent a car and drive to Valensole which is located 100 km from Marseilles and 159 km from Nice. The journey makes up for a picture-perfect summer road trip in the South of France.

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Tip!
Pack a good bottle of wine, some locally produced food, pick your favorite spot and witness how the sun sets over the lavender fields. Be ready to set your Instagram on fire!

¡en español!

CÓMO LLEGAR A VALENSOLE

Visitar los campos de lavanda de la Provenza francesa en Valensole se puede realizar en un fin de semana mayoritariamente desde cualquier punto de España. La aventura se puede realizar de forma rápida o de forma más larga dependiendo del tiempo que tengáis. Para optimizar el tiempo, podéis volar hasta Marsella o Niza desde Madrid o Barcelona ya que son las 2 ciudades con aeropuertos más próximas a los campos. Una vez allí, deberéis alquilar un coche y conducir hasta Valensole, ubicado a unos 100 km aproximadamente de Marsella y a 159 km de Niza. Para los más aventureros (me incluyo), y la opción más larga pero también la más divertida es conducir hasta Valensole desde Barcelona, a unos 580 km aproximadamente. Existen varias opciones de alojamiento en la zona de Valensole, lo ideal es alojarse cerca de los campos, levantarse pronto por la mañana y pasar el día paseando entre los infinitos campos de lavanda de la Provenza francesa y, terminar el día con una copa de vino contemplando como cae el sol sobre los campos cubiertos con una fina capa violeta.

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