Lavender fields and the wonder villages of Gordes and Roussillon!

Taking pictures with the enchanting purple rows of the Lavender fields is on top of everyone’s bucket list. And the lavender fields of Provence in France are the most beautiful in Europe. After missing the bloom season by a couple of weeks last years we ensured that we planned well in advance this year and booked a tour with Provans who apart from the Lavender fields also include some wonderful villages of France in the itinerary.

We had booked our apartment in the old city of Avignon and our pickup was arranged in Place de l’Horloge around 5 minutes walk from the apartment. Nicola the owner of the tour company was our guide for the day. Everyone was picked up by 9 am. as planned. The minivan was a 8 seater which made it easier to get along with Nicola and other fellow travelers.

Nicola started with a short history of medieval town of Avignon. It was interesting to know that old city of Avignon is a walled city with well-preserved ramparts and seven gates dating back to 14th century.

Nicola himself being an avid traveler has traveled to the most part of Asia, eight times to India alone. The tour company is run by himself and his wife Veronica. They alternatively take tourists on tour as they had year old baby girl Adele to take care back home.

Our first stop was the biggest spring of Europe Fontaine-de-Vaucluse which is around 45 minutes drive from Avignon. Once on the highway, we drove past abundance of vegetation farms of apple, apricot, cherry, melons, tomatoes, and olives. Nicola explained to us how olives were very important part of Avignon as they used only olive oil in cooking and an olive paste is used as an appetizer. There were many local producers selling farm produces, which Nicolas said were much fresher and cheaper than ones they bought in the market back in the city.

Fontaine-de-Vaucluse

Fontaine-de-Vaucluse is a small village with only around 500 habitats. The most popular attraction being the 300 m deep spring located at the foot of the Vaucluse Mountains formed by the streams from the Alps between Italy and France.

Lavender Fields Provence France

The walk to the spring takes around 20 minutes along the river and one can see the ruins of the castle of the Bishop of Cavaillon high above on the right.

Lavender Fields Provence France

Nicolas had a spare pushchair which made our walk effortless with Chhavi. The route lined with souvenir shops was jam-packed with tourists. We stopped by to have a look at the river which was fascinating as a lot of green vegetation grew beneath the water.

Lavender Fields Provence France

As per Nicolas, morning is the best time to visit the village as there is a good frequency of buses in noon when the village would be much crowded.

Lavender Museum

Our next stop was Lavender Museum, the ticket price was included in the tour price. A guy explained to us about the kinds of Lavender and guided us into the room which had a screen running a movie on distillation process. We had an audio guide to walk through the next room which had traditional distilleries and other information on the history of the distillation process.

Lavender Fields Provence France

Later a lady guided us through the products they offered. We were amazed to know that Lavender was used for medicinal properties like sinus, joint pains, headaches, allergies, and bruises.

Lavender Fields Provence France

The museum also had some small lavender fields which were equally beautiful and we could capture some wonderful pictures of the purple rows.

Lavender Fields Provence France

Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque

Fifteen minutes drive from the museum is the Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque. The lavender fields around the abbey weren’t in full bloom still it made for a postcard-perfect picture of the ‘Provence Lavender’ fields. We made a quick visit to the abbey and moved on to our next stop.

Lavender Fields Provence France

Gordes

Gordes is the most beautiful quaint village perched on the edge of the plateau of Vaucluse.

Lavender Fields Provence France

Must see are the castle turned museum and the St. Firmin church.

Lavender Fields Provence France

A walk around the charming narrow cobbled alleys is a must. The alleys offer wonderful panoramic views of the Luberon fields and villages below.

Lavender Fields Provence France

Lavender Fields Provence France

We had our lunch in one of the restaurants and drove around looking for the fully bloomed Lavender fields.

Lavender fields of Lioux

The actual season of lavender bloom is June end to August and we had planned our visit at the start of the season and were not very sure if we will be able to see the blooms. But thanks to Nicolas and his wife who knew the places around very well and had a fair idea of possible fields to look for blooms. We found abundant of Lavender fields. The hues and scent of the Lavender fields were bewitching and we could not hold back our ecstasy for being able to capture this postcard perfect picture.

Lavender Fields Provence France

Roussillon

Roussillon is another beautiful village of France located in Luberon at the foot of the Monts de Vaucluse.

Lavender Fields Provence France

Surrounded by countryside the village has one of the biggest deposits of ochre and is famous for its impressive red cliffs and ochre quarries. Saunter in the narrow medieval alleys of the village through the remarkable façades of the houses painted in reddish orange shades of ochre or select one of the trails to walk through the jagged ochre cliffs backed by information which would cost you around 2.50 Euros.

Lavender Fields Provence Francey

Later we visited the village and explored the quaint alleys winding through the rustic houses and church painted in different shades of ochre.

Lavender Fields Provence France

There is a shop where one can shop for an amazing array of hues and shades.

Lavender Fields Provence France

Our dream of visiting the fields of lavender blooms was crossed out from our bucket list. Nikolas bid us goodbye with lovely souvenirs.

Lavender Fields Provence France

We definitely recommend to book this tour with Nicolas and Veronica, they also offer several other tours of the wild and historic Provence. They also offer customized tours. Visit Provans for more details.

Have you experienced these purple blooms of Lavender fields? Do share with us your experiences.

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  1. Epepa says: Reply

    Wow, what a lovely pictures! You know, I have always wanted to see the lavender fields too. There were many spectacular desktop wallpapers from Provence, they were so colorful and always had made me dream about visiting this place.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Agree. The wallpapers of Lavender fields are so beckoning.. Happiest that we could make it 🙂

  2. Sheri says: Reply

    This sounds like a great trip to experience and the lavendar fields are gorgeous. Having someone like Nicolas with you giving the tour of course is a major plus point.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Agree Sheri. Nicolas guided us through the tour with great information.

  3. I can only imagine how amazing the Lavender smells! Sight and smell overload – in a GOOD way!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      It was amazing indeed 🙂

  4. It will be my dream come true to enjoying snipping those natural lavender scents in the morning 🙂

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Wow.. true Blair that would be one experience 😉

  5. This is one of my dream destinations!!! My god, I haven’t seen lavender in my whole life. I want to run around the fields like a crazy woman!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      We are completely relate to you.. It was our dream visit too 🙂

  6. Rows and rows of lavender fields is like a dream come true, always fancied getting there. Our last trip to France had been restricted to Paris. Would like to include the French countryside including Avignon, next time areound.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      We had been to Paris many times before and this time it was just for the Lavender. Its worth it 🙂

  7. Kat says: Reply

    When I was a kid I saw a photo of fields of flowers – tulips and lavenders, among others – and I told myself I’d visit these places. This post made me remember those times. 🙂 Your photos are stunning. I will add this to my travel plans for Europe.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      We have been dreaming of theses purple fields for long now and finally made to it.

  8. Liana says: Reply

    I’ve been road tripping around the south of France last summer, and I remember I wished I didn’t miss the blooming season, because when we went there, there no such thing. I’ve seen this photo a thousand times and it’s been a dream of mine to go there and enjoy this beautiful view! I love Avignon, and the richest of the culture and the history is just amazing!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Agree those Lavender fields are dreamy and everyone would love to get that postcard perfect picture!

  9. wow, looks like you had a lot of fun on this trip. I especially liked the photograph of the castle. Hope to visit this place someday soon.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Subhadrika!

  10. I’d forgotten how charming and picturesque France was. The picture of Gordes were breathtaking.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      True Gordes was classic village

  11. Lance says: Reply

    Well written & beautiful pictures. You just gave me a reason to want to revisit France. I would definitely go to these villages.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Lance. Believe us you will just love it

  12. What beautiful photos of you with the lavender! I am actually in Provence right now so I hope I’ll be able to see some gorgeous fields like that in the next few days!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      oh wow.. Update us on how many did u find 😉

  13. Ana says: Reply

    I would love to get my pictures clicked infront of those lavender fields and visit lavender museum and St. Firman Church. Loved all your Pictures!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Anamika. Glad you liked them.

  14. This is great information. I am doing a road trip that way next summer and will definitely keep your tour recommendation in mind

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Christine

  15. Andra says: Reply

    Wow! I just love lavender! It’s good to know that it blooms in from June end to August. I will definitely remember this when heading to Provence. It’s nice you guys had such amazing views!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Andra. Yes we were lucky to get those wonderful pictures

  16. It is quite amazing how you find these mostly unknown places. And you really bring out the essence of this particular place through this post. The photo in the lavender field is absolutely beautiful. Straight out of a bollywood movie – if you know what I mean 🙂

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      lol Tamshuk.. Glad that our picture was even comparable to Bollywood movie 😉

  17. Karen says: Reply

    I have visited the lavender fields of Provence often, but it’s always lovely to see how others see it too, and also to see just how pretty it is through your fabulous photos! A great post and makes me want to visit again, Karen

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Karen..

  18. Thank you for sharing this! Now I can add these places to my go-to list! Great post!
    Monica

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Lavender fields are definitely worth visit

  19. Aw the famous lavender fields, aren’t they beautiful? It is the perfect backdrop to tranquility .

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Agree Ana 🙂

  20. Wow, what an amazing experience. I love the pictures! This sounded like such a lovely trip.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Liz

  21. Annie says: Reply

    I love those pictures! However, I’m not too sure if I’d like to go there, considering that I would probably end up with a major headache because of the scent…

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Annie.. You are definitely missing something beautiful 😉

  22. Stunning photos! I adore Fontaine-de-Vaucluse most with the amazing spring as the highlight. 🙂

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Jessica

  23. Karla says: Reply

    Beautiful photos. What a lovely way to spend a day.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Karla

  24. Sara says: Reply

    What an experience! The Lavender field in Lioux looks so purple-y beautiful. Stunning photos!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Sara

  25. Elizabeth O. says: Reply

    Lavender was one of my favorite blooms when I was a kid and back then I didn’t know how valued it was! It’s pretty much used for everything, from tea to skin care products. I think it would be nice to take a tour here and just enjoy the scenery and learn more about the very lovely flower!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      We were surprised too to know about the uses of Lavender.. its amazing

  26. This place looks stunning, beautiful photos! I use lavender all the time, ts great to see where it’s all made

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Wow that awesome Imogen.. loved the fragrance its mesmerizing!!

  27. I love lavenders and seeing those fields must be breathtaking!! The view of Gordes is great too

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Lizelle

  28. Tescha says: Reply

    Oh WOW!, those lavender fields are beautiful. It truly is the perfect postcard picture. You make me want to get on the next flight to visit this spectacular place.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Tescha. Yes they are amazing indeed.. want to visit them soon 😉

  29. Absolutely stunning! Lavender fields are so unique and need to see in live. The season is unfortunately so short. Here in Hunagry there’re also lavender fields and lavender villages. Love that fresh and relaxing scent.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Agree Tiina the season is so short that spotting the fields becomes dicey but then its worth it

  30. Lavender field is an astonish view. Your photos are stunning. I did a road trip to Cote D’azzur last year, but only got 1 night stayed in Avignon and couldn’t make it to visit Lavender fields. Thank you for your information included the reference of Provan tour guide.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Rose.. Provans tour wont disappoint you 🙂 And lavenders are a lifetime experience

  31. Wowzerzz. I could sit by that river with the greenery growing under the water all dy long. It is so beautiful. I just love all that nature shares with us.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      True Caleste the vegetation under water is truly amazing

  32. Oh my the Lavender fields of Lioux just blown my mind!!!

  33. What a great experience you had! The lavender fields are simply fantastic! I’d love to go to the lavender museum one day to see the distillation process as I am a huge fan of this amazing flower!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Eugenia, the process of distillation is interesting indeed

  34. Carrie says: Reply

    I would love to travel here. Ive been dreaming about those beautiful Lavender fields for a while.

  35. Ana says: Reply

    Lavender fields look gorgeous and I bet, it would have been an epic moment to get clicked in front of it! Glad you guys had a great trip!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      True Anamika, its truly amazing to be there amidst the purples

  36. I’d never heard of Gordes before but it looks absolutely STUNNING! Would love to visit there one day 🙂

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      You will love the village of Gordes, hope you visit soon

  37. Some really beautiful photos in this post. What struck me the most was how stunning some of the buildings are. The Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque in particular is quite striking, providing a backdrop for the numerous rows of lavender. I bet the smell was extremely relaxing as well! Avignon and the rest of this region looks inspiring, such beauty so close to home!

    WTW.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque is the picture postcard view of Avignon and stunning beautiful

  38. This is breath-taking! I’ve been to Avignon, and I LOVE lavender and use it to make soaps and lotions, so this is such a perfect place to add to my bucket list. I need to revisit this town and definitely stop by the lavender fields. So pretty, thanks for sharing! Love the photo of you guys in front of the lavender field.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Kari. Glad you liked it

  39. Joanna says: Reply

    It’s great that your trip included visits to other places too and you got to experience a bit of the french country side. I have discovered recently that there are some lavender fields south of London and now I really want to go and visit. I always thought that growing lavender was a french thing, but in secret, I think I always wished to be in one of those purple fields.

  40. Surreal imagery and narration to go with that!

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