Lavender season is upon us and the entire Provence region of France comes alive. Fresh, fragrant blossoms are abundant in every possible direction, creating a divine experience for the visitor.
From June through August, the bright florals are southern France’s most important destination, inviting thousands of tourists per year.
Have you always dreamed of strolling through the dense lavender fields or cycling through the back roads of Provence amongst the aromatic blooms? Start planning your next trip by reading these tips on getting the most out of lavender season in Provence.
How to Get There
The largest international airport in Provence is located in the coastal city of Marseille. As the second largest city in France, Marseille is the perfect start of your tour around the countryside. It’s suggested to rent a car, which makes it easier to customize the journey for your own pace. And for the adventure-tourist, cycling through Provence is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will test your fitness while inspiring your inner peace at the same time.
Where to Go
While much of Provence is lined with purple lavender during the summer, there are several places that are most famous for sprawling vistas and awe-inspiring views. A must-visit cultural epicenter of the region is Aix-en-Provence, where the cobbled streets and local shops bring authentic character to life. The lavender fields surrounding Notre-Dame de Sénanque Abbey, a 12th-century community of Monasteries and present day Cistercian Monks, are simply stunning to wander through. Many visitors also enjoy a visit to the Lavender Museum located near Cabrieres d’Avignon, which details the important history of the floral bloom within the region.
For a cycling tour throughout the region, consider discovering the network of routes that dart underneath Mont Ventoux in the east. And for a test of strength, you can attempt one of the most grueling Tour de France climbs in history- the ascent of Mont Ventoux! But don’t worry, there are plenty of casual routes throughout Provence, too. The charming pathways and isolated roads run in every direction from towns like Aix-en-Provence and Avignon.
Where to Stay
The accommodation options in Provence are endless. A classic itinerary takes visitors from one Provencial village to another, staying in Bed and Breakfasts along the way. This is a great choice for people who want to cover as much ground as possible during their holiday. Another ideal way to see Provence is by booking a luxury hotel in a larger city (like Marseille or Avignon) and using your accommodation as a homebase to explore Provence. The outdoor opportunities are endless, so choose whichever city that inspires you the most!
Created by Mandy Burkholder