The curvy hills of lavender in Provence is a dream of photographers! It's the kind of scenery that continues to inspire you, and before you know it, you've spent the day exploring the fields of flowers.
But if you want to see the lavender, you should carefully plan your trip to France. Otherwise, you will lose the fields they are looking for the best before they are harvested.
Here's my guide to where to find the lavender fields in Provence!
How to get around Provence
The easiest way to get away from Provence is to rent a car. It will give you all the freedom you need to get off the beaten track and discover the area at your own pace!
I hired a Fiat 500 during my trip, and it was the perfect size to maneuver around the small streets in cities like Gordes and Sault. If you do not feel comfortable changing the driving speed, you will need to make an automatic reservation in advance as there are not many available.
Read more: Basic tips for Driving in Provence
When to visit the Lavender fields
The best time to visit the lavender fields in Provence depends on the area you are visiting. It can also change every year, especially if the rains are early or late.
Here's a quick guideline to help you plan your trip:
- June: Most of the lavender in Provence will be in bloom until June
- Early July: Early July is the best time to see the whole area covered by lavender, but it is also very busy
- On July: The lavender fields in Provence are collected around the 15th, but the lower area of Luberon begins only to cut the flowers at the end of the month
- August: August is the end of the season, but you can still find some fields (if you are lucky!)
I visited Provence in August and I do not think I will find some fields. Luckily, there were still a few around, and I found some heliosphere on the road!
For the best photos, I suggest you visit the fields early in the morning for sunrise or sunrise or around. You will have beautiful soft, golden light and there will not be many people around.
Read more: The best time to travel to France
The Best Lavender Places
Abbaye de Senanque
The Notre-Dame de Sananque Abbey is famous for the lavender rows and rows outside the building. There is an entrance fee if you want to explore the monastery, but if you only want to see the lavender fields, you can do it by stopping your car down the road and taking photos shortly before entering.
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque (Click for GPS location)
84220 Gordes, France
Le Plateau de Valensole is known as one of the best parts of Provence to see the lavender fields. It is also home to impressive historical monuments, golden sunflowers and charming French villages.
The fields face the sunset here, so this is the perfect spot to visit for a golden hour (before sunset). You will have the chance to capture the purple shades against a sky with soft pastels of orange, yellow and pink.
During my search for lavender fields in Provence, I found one of the last fields in Valensole!
Valensole Fields Lavender (Click for GPS location)
D6, 04210 Valensole, France
If you are looking for these classic French villages located amidst dramatic landscapes, you will love to explore the villages of Luberon. There are plenty of paved streets to wander and, of course, endless fields of lavender and sunflowers.
While traveling between Bonnieux and Lacoste or Gordes, keep an eye out for the fields! The small village of Rustrel and the Château du Bois must also visit places to see the flowers.
The lavender fields in Sault are more concentrated than Valensole's. There is a 5 km route you can follow that will take you to some of the finest fields.
If you do not want to walk the whole way, you can rent a bicycle to do it. Watch Mont Ventoux and try to get a shot of the flowers with the mountain in the background!
The path starts from the Vallon distillery at D164 or you can go straight to the field I found!
The Sault Lavender field (Click for GPS location)
D6, 04210 Valensole, France
Where to find the sunflower fields in Provence
While exploring the Provence region in search of lavender, you will often see the fields separated by sunflowers. Sunflowers are usually harvested by the end of July, so I did not expect to find this field!
Sunflower Field in Provence (Click for GPS location)
Unnamed Road, 13610 Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, France
What to expect
Errors: This may seem obvious, but no one warned me of the bugs. There are many bees, spiders and other creepy crawlies that cover the flowers. While there is nothing you can do about it, just be careful and be careful!
Festival: Plan your trip around the many festivals such as La fête de la lavande in Valensole (mid July) and Fête de la lavande in Sault (15 August).
Weather: June-August is the summer in France You will want to visit the fields early in the morning before the heat of the day or late afternoon when it starts to cool down. The sun sets only around 9pm, so you will have plenty of time to shoot!
The lavender fields in Provence are an experience, unlike any other, and it was one of the most important points of my trip. I highly recommend that you plan your summer holidays in France around the fields, so you can see the flowers when they are in the best!
Do you have tips for finding the best lavender fields in Provence? Let me know in the comments!