Valensole Lavender Fields Provence – Road Trip along the Lavender Route

Lavender Fields Provence. When you hear the words, the purple color of the lavender and the strong scent immediately comes to mind. Visiting the Valensole lavender fields is a unique experience.

In this article you find out where the lavender fields are, when the lavender is blooming, you get the details about the route and the map and tips on what else you can do while traveling around the Provence in France.

Where are the lavender fields?

The lavender fields in the Provence are situated around the town of Valensole. This is the place where you find the most and biggest lavender fields. Most of them next to the road.


When is the best time to see the lavender fields?

The best time to see the lavender fields in bloom is from the beginning/mid June until beginning/mid August. I was there at the end of July / beginning of August and I was able to see a lot of lavender fields.

Map of The Lavender Route

Road Trip Along The Lavender Route, Provence

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Driving the Lavender Route

Day 1: The Lac de Sainte-Croix and the Verdon Gorge

You can do the whole tour in a couple of hours but we spent 3 days on it. Why? Because it´s soooooooooo beautiful.

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Afternoon at the Lac de Sainte-Croix

After a 13 hours drive from Austria to France we finally arrived at the Lac de Sainte Croix right after sunset. During the night, next to the lake, we had a storm and heavy rain.

In the morning the weather was great again and we took our stuff and walked to the lake to rent a kayak. We put our smartphone and money into a Ziploc bag to prevent it from getting soaked and started paddling to the Canyon of Verdon (Gorges du Verdon).

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When the sun hits the water of the Verdon Gorge (unlike here) the water shimmers turquoise.

Especially in July and August you should get up early if you want to kayak along the Verdon Gorge.

Why? If you wait until noon or afternoon to rent a boat, kayak or canoe you might get problems with a) getting a vessel because many people arrive at around 10:30 until 15:00 and b) you can only rent it for a short amount of time instead of a couple of hours because of the queue waiting for a vessel.

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 Lac de Sainte-Croix

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Cliff Jumping into the Verdon river

The next day we headed along the Canyon of Verdon along beautiful villages, the Verdon River, turqouise lakes to the Lac de Castillon 

Day 2: Along the Canyon of Verdon to the Lac de Castillon

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The Verdon Canyon

From the Eastern Part of the Lac de Sainte-Croix we took the D 952 (Route Moustiers) to Castellane. The road is on some parts steep and narrow but it provides you with an amazing view.

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Leaving the Lac de Sainte-Croix

Road Trip along the Lavender Route in the Provence

Along the D 952 we saw many hikers and climbers but hiking around noon  while 34° C. Are you kidding me?

From La-Palud-sur-Verdon we took the D 23 to get a closer look to the canyon which is 20 kilometers long and 700 m deep.

The D 23 is again a narrow road and it´s a one-way-road. On the map it looks like you can drive along the whole D 23 and hit the D952 again.

But that´s not the case. After half of the route you have to turn around following the same way back to La-Palud-sur-Verdon.

Road Trip along the Lavender Route in the Provence
The Gorge du Verdon is up to 700m deep and 20 km long.
Along the Canyon of Verdon and the Verdon River are great places to take a rest or having a picknick at the Verdon.

1000 Road Curves to the Lac de Castillon. That´s how it felt like from the Lac de Sainte-Croix to the Lac de Castillon. I was impressed by all the turquoise water all the lakes carry and the beauty of the nature.

Road Trip along the Lavender Route in the Provence
Little villages where you can buy baguette and wine.
Road Trip along the Lavender Route in the Provence
Road Trip along the Lavender Route in the Provence
Retenue de Chaudanne

Later that afternoon we arrived at the Lac de Castillon, where we stayed overnight.

Road Trip along the Lavender Route in the Provence

The next day we continued our trip along the Lavender Route from the Lac de Castillon to the Plateau of Valensole.

Day 3: From the Lac de Castillon to Valensole

To the heart of the Lavender Fields

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Leaving the Lac de Castillon, we drove to the Heart of the Lavender Route…to the Plateau of Valensole, where all the beautiful and largest lavender fields are.

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On our way to Valensole

But not only lavender fields. We saw huge sunflower fields. The colors of the area are overwhelming and you should plan some time to take a rest (have a picknick) and indulge into those colours and the smell of it.

Road Trip along the Lavender Route in South France

What about a picknick?

Road Trip along the Lavender Route in France
One of the place you can get your lavender honey and jam with lavender

Get some baguette, cheese (fromage), lavender honey (miel de lavande) and fruits and have a picknick next to the lavender fields.

Road Trip along the Lavender Route in France

Leaving the Plateau of Valensole we wanted to have some fun and left for La Roque sur Ceze to do some cliff jumping and swimming at the Cascades du Sautadet...

Besides the lavender fields and the lavender route there are many other beautiful places and spots in the Provence and the surrounding areas, which I wrote about:





zuletzt aktualisiert am April 4, 2023

10 thoughts on “Valensole Lavender Fields Provence – Road Trip along the Lavender Route”

  1. Hach…Provence. Allein der Name. Da rieche ich förmlich den Lavendel. 🙂 Und dieses Wasser hat ja eine grandiose Farbe. Bisher bin ich ja tatsächlich immer nur durch Frankreich durchgefahren, daher ist dieses Land in jeder Hinsicht Neuland für mich. Aber es steht schon lange auf meiner Bucketliste. Danke für den Tipp und fürs Mitmachen. Könntest Du aber bitte noch eine Verlinkung zu meiner Blogparade in Deinen Artikel einbauen? Kleine Spielregel ;). GlG, Nadine

  2. Hallo,
    wo habt ihr übernachten? Wir sind mit Dachzelt unterwegs und dein Blog kommt uns da gerade richtig!

    LG Daniela

    • Hallo Daniela, wir waren damals mit einem Multivan unterwegs und haben uns einfach schöne Plätzchen zum Übernachten gesucht. Vor allem in der Nähe von den Seen (Lac de Sainte-Croix und Lac de Castillon). Ich bin mir sicher ihr findet einen tollen Platz.

      Liebe Grüße,


  3. wow, ein schöner und ausführlicher Beitrag. Ich reise auch sehr gerne und habe noch viele Punkte auf meiner persönlichen Weltkarte, die ich noch bereisen möchte. Ich wünsche dir alles Gute und schreib weiterhin solch tolle Berichte. Liebe Grüße Marcel aus Berlin

  4. Ohja, das steht auch noch auf meiner To-Do Liste. Ich wusste gar nicht, dass es in der Umgebung auch noch so viele tolle Sachen zu machen gibt. Jetzt will ich das erst recht in Angriff nehmen 🙂
    Liebe Grüße aus Wien

  5. Liebe Christina,

    das sieht ja absolut überwältigend aus, diese Bilder! Frankreich war nie so mein Fall, aber nachdem ich diesen Beitrag gelesen habe, muss ich sagen, dass die Provence jetzt absolut auf meiner Places-to-go-Liste steht! Danke dir, super Beitrag.

  6. Lovely photos, Christina!
    We invite you to participate in the next edition of our Travel Photography competition. Every week we publish 3 winning shots on our website and write a nice bio with a link to the photographers’ websites/FB/Flickr pages.

    Have a nice day!

  7. Na sowas. Ich hätte die Lavendelroute deutlich weiter westlich eingeordnet. Aber ich muss dir recht geben: Das Verdon ist einfach umwerfend schön – auch im Herbst übrigens. ? Danke fürs Verlinken und
    liebe Grüße


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