Every year during summer anticipation builds as the lavender fields of Provence start to gain their telltale purple glow. Making this annual trip to the Lavender fields in the South of France is one of my favourite bucket list moments!
If you are planning to visit the Lavender fields in Provence, France and photographing the gorgeous rolling fields is on your bucket list too, then read on. I answer all your questions on how to get to Provence, which spots to go to, the best Instagram spots, when is the best time to visit, the coordinates of all the spots and the best photography tips for shooting the lavender fields.
Lavender fields in France are located in Southeastern France known as Provence-Alpes-Cote d’ Azur region. There are 3 plateaus where the Lavender fields are located – the Valensole Plateau, Sault Plateau and Luberon Plateau.
Best time to visit Valensole
The best time to see lavender in Provence is different depending on where you are in the region. However, the best time to see the bloom is from late June to early August.
Lavender fields in June
- By late June most Lavender in Provence is in bloom.
- Luberon is typically the first, closely followed by the Valensole lavender fields.
- The fine lavender grown in the highest altitudes of Provence is the latest to bloom.
Lavender fields in July
- Early July is the best time to visit lavender fields in Provence. The entire region is peppered with vibrant purple fields. And, if you get in before the school holidays (which normally start after the first week of July), you’re more likely to beat the crowds.
- From mid-July lavender fields start to be harvested in the Valensole plateau.
- The upper Luberon lavender fields and the Château du Bois fine lavender are generally harvested around the 15th of July.
- The lower Luberon (around Lourmarin), the Valensole lavender fields and those around Sisteron are harvested later in July, typically around the 25th of July.
Lavender fields in August
- If you’re visiting Provence in August you may be worried about missing out on seeing the lavender fields at all, but there are still a few lavender fields in bloom in August.
- Aim for the Sault lavender fields or around Banon to find lavender in bloom until the 10th of August.
Find the best experiences of Valensole here
If you would like a guided day tour of Valensole, I definitely recommend this tour to discover the Lavender fields.
The best way to travel would definitely be by hiring a car so you can travel at any time and plan accordingly.
Check out the map below for the GPS coordinates for each location!
The Must-see Spots
Terraroma is an iconic lavender farm in Provence, and it’s a beautiful spot for photos open exclusively for Tourists. They even have a sign on the road warning drivers to be “Aware of Wildlife” with pictures of photographers 😀
Park opposite the lavender field, by the distillery Lavandes Angelvin. Wander up the divide between the lavender fields and you’ll find respite from the crowds, and another less frequented lavender field behind.
Opposite the Terraroma is a less frequented lavender field perfect for blue hour photography.
GPS Coordinates: 43.8191, 5.93266
Best time to go: I would suggest going by 6.30 PM local time, as the sunset is around 8.30 PM but all the prime spots get occupied by hoards of tourists.
2. Lavandes Angelvin
A short stroll past the Terraroma fields will have you arriving at Lavandes Angelvin – home to some of the more famous Provence lavender fields. With seemingly endless rows of purple perfection, only interrupted by a few well-placed trees, it’s a spot that well deserves its reputation.
GPS: 43.82374, 5.93828
Best time to go: Same as Terraroma, suggest going by 6.30 PM local time, as the sunset is around 8.30 PM but all the prime spots get occupied by hoards of tourists. Both this and the above spot can be done together. Try and frame the tree in the middle with columns of Lavender on both sides.
3. The field with the stone cottage
My favourite spot of all the lavender fields in Valensole. It is easy to miss while driving as the cottage is in the middle of the lavender field in a bit of dip. This is a huge lavender field so you will need to walk down through the lavender rows to get a good shot of the hut. Please take care not to damage the lavender as you trod.
There are many bees but they are very gentle.
GPS: 43.892514, 6.116406
Best time to go: Going anytime during the day is great on this field since the lavender field look different in a different light. As the valley is surrounded by mountains.
4. The half and half- Lavender with Sage
This field gives a beautiful hue of purple along with pink and the smell is otherworldly. Lavender on one side and sage on the other looks perfect no matter what time of day you decide to visit.
GPS: 43.894655, 6.119731
Best time to go: As I mentioned above going anytime during the day would be fine. The field remains free of the crowd.
5. The lavender fields with sunflowers
Two of my favourite flower fields are next to each other. This is quite stunning to see, however, we went in early July and the Sunflowers were not completely in bloom. However, this is one of the iconic spots you will see on every Instagrammers page visiting Valensole making it a must-visit spot in the full bloom of both Lavender and sunflowers.
GPS: 43.860220, 5.990040
Best time to go: The best time to visit is in early August when the Sunflowers have bloomed.
6. Lavender field with hot air Balloons in the background
Another classic must-see shot with Lavender fields and the background of hot air balloons but these are a bit tricky as you will have to find the day the hot air balloons are ready to fly on the previous day. And wake up early in the morning during sunrise to get a shot.
GPS: 43.836132, 6.118174
Best time to go: Be at the spot by sunrise around 5 am or earlier depending on when the sun rises in summer locally.
Other locations you should check out
1. Gorges du Verdon : The Gorges is a river canyon located in Provence Alpes Cote d’Azure region of Southeastern France. It is formed by the Verdon river, which is named for its turquoise-green colour, one of the location’s distinguishing characteristics. If you haven’t visited, definitely worth visiting and having a relaxing picnic plus drinks on the boat.
GPS: Navigate to this location on an afternoon when the sun is lower or early in the morning to avoid crowds.
2. Salin de Giraud: A hidden gem not known by many tourists and only frequented by locals. Nestled near the village is this huge Salt marsh that is worth visiting. Due to a particular type of Algae that grows in the Marshes, gives it its Pink colour. And if you are like me and have a bucket list of visiting pink lake then you will definitely admire this place. Looking for the village on Google Maps will take you to the wrong location. Follow the GPS link below, you can visit anytime and the entry fee is 10 euros per person.
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