• Plateau de Valensole

    © Atout-France/Michel Angot

    Plateau de Valensole

    © Atout-France/Michel Angot

  • Lavender harvesting in Gordes

    © Atout-France/Emmanuel Valentin

    Lavender harvesting in Gordes

    © Atout-France/Emmanuel Valentin

  • Abbaye de Sénanque à Gordes

    © Atout-France/Emmanuel Valentin

    Abbaye de Sénanque à Gordes

    © Atout-France/Emmanuel Valentin

Inhale Provence on Routes de la Lavande

Inhale Provence on Routes de la Lavande Drome fr

Experience Provence's magnificent lavender fields and the many things the little flower can be used for, on the beautiful route in six parts.


Provence is known worldwide for the beautiful sight that meets you every summer when the many lavender fields stand in full bloom. From June to September you can experience the intense scent and color from the many flowers.
The little flower is such a big part of the culture in Provence that you will not only experience it in the fields, but also in distilleries, museums, gardens, villages and markets. Here you can find bouquets, soaps, honey, jams, essential oil and much more with lavender.
Do you want to know the "secrets" behind the little flower? Then ask the "lavender people" - producers, collectors, distilleries, restaurants, guides or simply passionate gardeners who are almost always ready to give you tips for cultivation or suggestions on what you can use the little flower for.

 

Experience the six stages of the lavender route by bike, motorcycle or by car:


From La Vallée de la Drôme to the Hautes-Alpes. Here you can discover lavender in the heights - often far from the main road and big cities. From Crest, a hundred miles south of Grenoble, cross the Drôme Valley and the Regional Park in Vercors until you reach the village of Rosans in the Hautes-Alpes.
From La Drôme Provençale to Haut-Vaucluse. With Mont Ventoux in mind, follow the route through Montelimar, the capital of nougat, the famous Enclave des Papes with the great wines and Nyons, which is also famous for its olive oil.
From Baronnies provençales to Buëch. In Vaison-la-Romaine, north of Avignon, there are lavender everywhere and in all forms. From the plant, carefully cultivated on the slopes, to the straws used as insulation in houses, bouquets or of course the essential oil.
Between Ventoux, Lubéron, and Lure. In Luberon, between mystical monasteries, medieval villages and golden ores, at the foot of Mont Ventoux and Lure, large flowerbeds stretches out into the horizon.
From La Haute-Provence to Verdon. This route leads you from Valensole's wavy high altitude with its lavender sea to the fine lakes in Digne-le-Bains and Verdon.
From southern pre-alps to le Pays Grassois. Grasse, home of the perfumery, helps you understand the history of lavender and the journey from Séranon to Gordon takes you from one high-rise village to another, in order to end your trip with "sea views". 

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