Monday, July 09, 2018 / Provence, France

Lavender Fields in Provence

Checking out lavender fields in Provence has always been on my bucketlist, but I didn’t know I’d be going to visit them this year! When planning my road trip through France, it honestly did not even cross my mind to go because I had no idea when lavender season was. When we arrived in France, it came up in a random conversation and I learned that it was actually the PERFECT time to visit. I was so, so happy that we were able to add it to our itinerary on our last day before flying back to Toronto.

Staying in Marseille, we drove an hour up north past Aix-en-Provence towards Valensole to seek out the beautiful fields of purple. Although there are a number of spots to choose from, we decided on finding lavender fields in Valensole (aka the closest one) and it honestly couldn’t have been a better decision!

Even though I would have LOVED to go during sunrise or sunset, we weren’t able to due to the distance it takes for us to get to and from our hotel in Marseille. We ended up going around 5pm (to miss the harsh, afternoon sunlight) and it wasn’t too bad. It wasn’t busy – everyone was able to spread out into a row of lavender and take your own pictures.

I found that it was quite hard to plan because these lavender fields aren’t explicitly listed on Google Maps, like a restaurant would be per se. But I ended up finding one through endlessly searching on other people’s blog posts haha. The field that we went to was called Lavandes Angelvin (Latitude: 43.824546 | Longitude: 5.938015). If you’re looking for an actual place to put into your GPS, this is it. PLUS, this field has lavender and sunflowers. If you're lucky, you'll be able to see both!

Here are a list of things you must know when planning to visit the lavender fields in Provence:

• Please look online first as to whether the lavender is even blooming! There's no point planning to visit if they aren't even in full bloom. Even if they just started to bloom, you won't get the same 'full' effect.
• Stay a night in a town nearby. You’ll not only be able to wake up early to go at sunrise, you’ll also be able to stay late until sunset (usually around 9:30 to 10pm).
• To avoid aimlessly driving around the area, make sure you put in a specific address or coordinates into your GPS. It’ll save you the hassle of aimlessly driving to find the purple fields!
• If you have any form of allergies (i.e. to Spring, nature, etc.), do NOT forget to take your allergy pills 30 minutes before arriving. There are way too many things in bloom that will irritate your nose.
• Bee-ware of all the bees!! There are so many swarming everywhere. Even though they will most likely not hurt you because they are too lavender-happy, it is good to note. As long as you keep moving and don't both them, you will bee fine.

Enjoy, xx
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