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Excursions to the lavender fields

Lavender is an essential part of the culture of Provence. Excursions to the lavender fields in Provence take place every year from June to August and allow you to discover breathtaking landscapes! The lavender fields stretch as far as the eye can see and are a delight for photography enthusiasts, but not only!

Lavender flowers grow in the south of France and are used mainly to make essential oil. The “Huile essentielle de lavande de Haute-Provence” (lavender essential oil from Haute-Provence) has the Appellation d’Origine Protégée (protected designation of origin). However, the flowering show only lasts 2 months in the year, so you have to plan ahead to attend!

Where to see the lavender fields in Provence?

The Valensole plateau, the must-see

The lavender fields of the Valensole plateau are the most famous in Provence. This plateau, dedicated to the cultivation of cereals, olive trees and lavender, extends over 800 km² and offers a sumptuous panorama of the Provencal countryside. Not far away are the Verdon gorges, the largest canyon in Europe, with steep cliffs and turquoise water. Discover all of our excursions to the Valensole plateau.

The Claparèdes plateau in the Luberon

These lavender fields are located on beautiful country roads that wind between the various perched villages of Provence. The Abbey of Sénanque is not to be missed on a trip to this area. Excursions allow you to appreciate the beauty of the Luberon villages such as Gordes, with stops in the lavender fields.

The Albion plateau

Situated a little further north, it is around the perched village of Sault that the lavender fields stretch out. Several circuits in the lavender fields are proposed to discover the different villages and the surrounding fields.

Best time to see the lavender fields in flower

The best time to see the lavender in bloom is between mid-June and early August. Lavender is harvested around July 15th on the Valensole plateau. The lavender harvest is later in the northern areas of the Luberon and Drôme, until mid-August around Sault.

We advise you to contact the local tourist offices before going there to find out about the flowering of the fields. Don’t hesitate, book your excursion to the lavender fields and enjoy an unforgettable moment!

Official website of the Tourist Office of Marseille