Best time to travel to Provence & French Riviera

Lavender Fields in Bloom

One of the first things that may come to mind when you think of Provence is views of magnificent blooming lavender fields

Lavender Fields in Bloom in Provence & French Riviera 2019 - Best Time
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If you come to Provence in summer, you simply must visit a fragrant blooming lavender field! Lavender is a huge part of Provençal culture. It's been used for hundreds of years for making cosmetics and also in the cuisine for making honey, sorbets, and ice cream. The harvesting season is in July and August.

Close to Gorges du Verdon 2019
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Close to Gorges du Verdon

Two main lavender growing regions, the Plateau de Sault and the Plateau de Valensole, hold festivals dedicated to this beautiful plant. During the celebrations, ​there's live music, lavender cutting competitions, lavender games and markets with fresh lavender products. So get yourself a glass of wine and join the locals dressed in traditional costumes celebrating their blue gold.

Lavender blooming near Sénanque Abbey 2019
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Lavender blooming near Sénanque Abbey

By the way, while visiting lavender fields be careful with snakes that sometimes like to nestle in the bushes.

Sault, Vaucluse 2019
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Sault, Vaucluse
Lavender Fields in Bloom in Provence & French Riviera - Best Season 2019