Lavender in Provence

  • Abbey of Senanque in Provence

    Abbey of Senanque in Provence - © Atout France - Emmanuel Valentin

    Abbey of Senanque in Provence

    Abbey of Senanque in Provence - © Atout France - Emmanuel Valentin

  • Provence

    Provence - © Istockphoto-Alexandar Nakic

    Provence

    Provence - © Istockphoto-Alexandar Nakic

  • Lavender is a much-appreciated scent, but is also known for its medicinal properties as well as its original flavor.

    Lavender is a much-appreciated scent, but is also known for its medicinal properties as well as its original flavor. - © Getty Images

    Lavender is a much-appreciated scent, but is also known for its medicinal properties as well as its original flavor.

    Lavender is a much-appreciated scent, but is also known for its medicinal properties as well as its original flavor. - © Getty Images

Lavender in Provence Sault fr

Just saying Provence conjures up a scene of summer, of air filled with the scent of lavender and the sound of cicadas singing.


Summer (from the end of June to the end of August) is the best time to admire the lavender fields in bloom, and to be overwhelmed by their scent released by the sun’s fervent heat. Harvesting usually starts in the second half of July.


At one time only harvested in the wild, today lavender is also cultivated for making perfumes, cosmetics, and aromatherapy products. Most shops in the region sell lavender essential oils, as well as soaps, home fragrances, scented candles, and more - its irresistible aroma has also made the plant a favorite in perfume-making and even gastronomy. Have you ever tried lavendar honey or lavender ice cream?


The Valensole plateau in Provence is not the only area completely decorated in purple. Lavender and lavandin fields carve the landscape from the Hautes-Alpes to the Baronnies, from the Vercors to the Lubéron, and from the Drôme to the Verdon.

The Moove Your Alps website identifies lavender fields, trails, and routes complete with distilleries, museums and visits to explore on foot, by bicycle, motorcycle or car.  

 

The selection of lavender celebrations:

  • Fête de la lavande in Ferrassières, Sunday, 7th July 2019
  • Fête de la lavande in Valensole: 21st July 2019Fête de la lavande in Barrême, Sunday, 28th July 2019
  • Corso de la lavande in Valréas, from Friday 2nd to Monday 5th August 2019
  • Corso of lavender in Digne-les-Bains: from 2nd to 6th August 2019
  • Lavender festival in Sault, at the Le Deffends racecourse on 15th August 2019
  • Fête de la lavande in Saint-Geniez: from 15th to 18th August, 2019 
  • Lavender fair in Digne-les-Bains: from 21st to 25th August 2019

 

Take advantage of Ryanair's direct flight from Bucharest to Marseille and head out into the countryside to find medieval abbeys and dreamy villages in the lavender landscape swept by the mistral wind.

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