The rolling hills of lavender in Provence are a paradise for photographers, no matter what level. This is the kind of scenery that inspires you and you will soon be surrounded by fields of flowers.
You will need to plan your trip carefully if you wish to see lavender. You’ll miss out on the best fields before they are harvested.
How to get around Provence
Renting a car is the best way to explore Provence. You will have the freedom to explore the area at your own pace and get off the beaten path.
During my trip, I rented a Fiat 500 to navigate the narrow roads of Gordes and Sault. You will need to reserve an automatic in advance if you aren’t comfortable driving stickshift.
When is the best time to visit the lavender fields
It all depends on where you are visiting, when is the best time to visit lavender fields in Provence. It can also vary from year to year depending on the timing of the rains.
Here are some tips to help you plan your trip.
- June: The majority of the lavender in Provence should be in bloom by June
- Early July: This is the best time of year to see the entire region covered with lavender. However, it can also be very busy.
- Late July: Lavender fields in Provence can be harvested around the 15th of July, but the lower Luberon region begins to cut down the flowers towards the end.
- August: Although August is the end of the season (if you’re fortunate), you might still find fields in August!
I didn’t expect to find any fields when I visited Provence in august. There were still some fields, so I was pleasantly surprised to find some.
To get the best shots, visit the fields at sunrise or sunset to capture the most beautiful photos. The light will be soft and golden, so there won’t likely to be as many people.
The Best Lavender Field Locations
The rows of lavender growing outside Notre-Dame de Sananque Abbey are a highlight of Notre-Dame de Sananque Abbey. You can explore the abbey by paying an entrance fee. If you are only interested in the lavender fields, however, you can park your car further down the road to take photos right before the entrance.
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque (Click for GPS Location) 84220 Gordes, France
Le Plateau de Valensole, one of the most beautiful places in Provence for seeing the lavender fields, is well-known. You will also find charming French villages, impressive historical sites and golden sunflower fields.
It’s a great spot to go for golden hour, which is the hour before sunset. The purple hues will be captured against a soft pink sky.
During my search to find lavender fields in Provence I discovered one of the last fields at Valensole!
Valensole Lavender Fields (Click for GPS Location)
D6, 04210 Valensole, France
The Luberon Villages is the perfect place to find classic French villages set amongst stunning scenery. You can find many cobblestone lanes to explore and endless fields of lavenders and sunflowers.
When driving between Bonnieux, Lacoste, or Gordes, be sure to keep your eyes open for the fields. To see the flowers, the Chateau de Bois and Rustrel are must-see spots.
Sault’s lavender fields are much more dense than those of Valensole. You can walk 5 km to get past the best fields.
You can hire a bicycle to travel the entire distance if you don’t feel like walking. Keep your eyes peeled for Mont Ventoux, and take a picture of the mountain with the flowers in the background.
You can either start at Vallon distillery on D164 or go straight to the field I found!
Sault Lavender Field (Click to Get a GPS Location)
D6, 04210 Valensole, France
Where can I find sunflower fields in Provence?
You’ll see sunflowers in the fields as you travel around the Provence region looking for lavender. This field was also harvested between mid-to-the end of July.
Sunflower Field in Provence (Click to find GPS Location)
Unnamed Road, 13610 Le Puy-Sainte-Reparade, France
What to Expect
Bugs: Although this may seem obvious, I was not warned about bugs by anyone. Many insects, spiders and other creepy crawlies cover the flowers. There is nothing you can do, but be aware and cautious.
Festivals: Plan your trip around lavender-inspired festivals such as La fete de la lavande (mid-July), and Fete de la lavande (Sault) (15 August).
France’s summer is June to August. It is best to go to the fields in the early morning to avoid the heat or late in the afternoon to get the cool air. You’ll have plenty of time to take photos since the sun sets at 9 pm.
It is a unique experience to see the lavender fields of Provence. This was one of the highlights from my trip. It is a great idea to plan your summer vacation in France around the lavender fields, so that you can enjoy the best of the flowers!