Discover an ocean of purple lavender fields in Provence

On our way to see the lavender fields we decided to take the scenic route which is made up of gorgeous winding French country scenery, on the outskirts on Lac St. Croix.

Bauduen is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France

Our first stop was passing by Bauduen, we stopped to take in the beauty of this small picturesque village leaning against a rocky cliff, at the foot of the magnificent emerald Lake St. Croix. 

Bauduen on the lac de Ste Croix

We were in awe of how much beauty surrounded us, all so close the each other.  Bauduen is located in the heart of the VERDON Regional Natural Park.

plateau de valensole

Valensole is a typically Provencal village and deserves a stop for its pleasant cafés, its 13th-century church, and its pretty 18th-century fountain.

Brasserie Bar des Sports, Valensole

There are about 5 restaurants in Valensole, and during the peak tourist season (July-August), there are all full at noon. If you are planning to send the day there, call ahead and reserve your table. Your stomach will thank you.

Brasserie Bar des Sports, Valensole

Prices for lunch is more or less the same in all 5 restaurants. A meal with that includes a main course, dessert, a glass of white wine, and of course a cafe is about 18 euros. It won’t break your wallet.

Lavender Plateau de Valensole

In France Lavender is considered to be the noblest of flowers.

 

 

Lavender Field in Plateau de Valensole, France

If I was asked to describe Provence to a blind person, I would say it’s the smell of lavender. There is nothing more Provencal than lavender.

Lavender Field in Plateau de Valensole, France

Driving through Plateau de Valensole the sides of the roads are covered in breathtaking lavender fields. It’s lavender like you’ve never seen (or myself until today).

You will be submerged in a decor with magical colors, landscapes that are purple/bluish under the strong Provencal sun, with fields as far as the eye can see, or isolated behind a mountain, lavender,

You will be submerged in a decor with magical colors, landscapes that are purple/bluish under the strong Provencal sun, with fields as far as the eye can see, or isolated behind mountains.

Lavender Field in Plateau de Valensole, France

From June to the beginning of August Plateau de Valensole, located in the Haute-Provence region, has a blanket of deliciously fragrance lavender. The fields of lavender are in full bloom.

Lavender Field in Plateau de Valensole, France

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to take in and admire the magnificent landscapes of Provence, so beautifully cultured.  Pure joy for your senses.

Lavender Field in Plateau de Valensole, France

The lavender in Haute-Provence can not be summed up in sumptuous landscapes of a postcard. There is so much history involved with lavender cultivation, whose flowers only last a few weeks.

Historically lavender was cultivated back in the times of the Romans to perfume baths and linen. It was only introduced in Provence in the Middle Ages for its fragrance and medicinal uses.

Lavender Field in Plateau de Valensole, France

In the nineteenth-century lavender cultivation took a more commercial turn and is used today by many famous perfumeries in France’s perfume capital – Grasse. The high-quality essential oils are used in different perfume concoctions in these large perfumeries.

Lavender Field in Plateau de Valensole, France

According to the farmers in Plateau de Valensole, lavender is difficult to grow.

The altitude has to be at least 500 and 1,500 meters, and on sunny mountains slopes, hence Haute-Provence (High-Provence), is largely dedicated to growing lavender, as where it flourishes effortlessly.

Lavender Field in Plateau de Valensole, France

In Plateau de Valensole you’ll see fewer traditional distilleries to process the lavender. However, there are still a few family businesses in the area, where lavender is sold in many forms (sachets, essences, ice creams, cakes, honey …).

Girl in Lavender Field in Plateau de Valensole, France

In addition to lavender being used for perfumes, it is also quite popular in France for its medicinal properties: antiseptic and antibacterial, it calms insect bites and acts as a natural mosquito repellent. It’s a must have in many French homes.

Lavender Field in Plateau de Valensole, France

Lavender is also available in teas and has a relaxing effect on the mind and body. But it doesn’t stop there, you will be pleased to know you can also get homemade, all natural ice cream, honey or cookies.

Lavender Field in Plateau de Valensole, France

Lavender Field in Plateau de Valensole, France

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