Lavender season in Provence is something all of people in France and around the world look forward to. Every year at this time people around the world gather at the town to do some sight-seeing around the place. The town being stunningly beautiful this time the year is something so unique that it attracts a lot of tourists to this place. Lavender season in Provence is one of the best event of Europe has to offer, and will continue to be so in the next years.
Best time to visit
The main lavender fields of Provence are centered around the Luberon, the plateau region just to the north of Aix-en-Provence and to the east of Avignon, with the flowering season being generally from mid June to early August, though it can vary slightly from year to year depending on rainfall and temperature. Higher up on the plateau the colder weather means the blooming season is slightly later.
As of today June 15th 2017 the blooming season has already started in most of the Luberon with harvest time expected to start between mid and late July, and up to mid August higher up on the plateau around the town of Sault.
Places to visit
Le Musée de la Lavande
For those of you who’d like a bit of background on the subject, you could take in a trip to the Le Musée de la Lavande: The Museum of Lavender, in the quietly charming dry stone village of Cabrieres d’Avignon. You’ll find much information about the industry, both past and present here, about the planting, harvesting and distillation of lavender and from the start of July to mid August they showpiece Provence lavender distillation techniques from the early 1900’s using a traditional open flame still. And they sell many lavender products too, having a range of their own natural cosmetics and essential oils.
Notre-Dame de Senanque
Notre-Dame de Senanque might be considered another must see in Provence; a Cistercian abbey near the village of Gordes in Vaucluse-en-Provence. The Abbey was founded in 1148 by Cistercian monks and is a interesting and rewarding visit all by itself, made all the more rewarding by its position in a lovely valley and by the acres of gorgeous lavender that surround it.
Visitors are welcome, but are told to be aware that it is not a museum or tourist site; its a fully functioning monastery, so you’re advised to be respectful; no wandering in and out or taking photos or videos during church services for example, and try to be maintain silence as much as possible.
Lavender Farms & Distilleries:
Journeying around the Luberon you’ll find quite a few lavender farms & distilleries that you are welcome to visit, all of them also selling ranges of their own Provence lavender products; at the very least essential oils and scented waters. Here are a few that we’d recommend:
Distillerie Les Agnels
Distillerie Les Agnels is an organic lavender farm & distillery along Route de Buoux south of Apt, in the village of Les Agnels. It opens all year, and does its own range of organic essential oils. Visitors are welcome to tour the farm and production lines and also take a dip in its indoor pool, filled with therapeutic levels of lavender water.
GAEC Aroma’Plantes is another organic, eco-friendly farm open all year with free visits and tours of the farm. They produce lavender oils for therapeutic and medicinal purposes which you can buy on site. You’ll find them on Route du Ventoux just outside Sault.
Hope you have a wonderful trip in Provence should you decide to visit this place.
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