Where should I go next?…
This time we set off to look for lavender fields in Luberon.
On the net, it says that lavender blooms from mid June to mid August. I would suggest the best time to visit lavender fields is between late June and mid July. This is because the harvest starts from mid July. Well, there is no point going to the field without lavender.
You can find a few lavender routes around the area. Due to where we were based (Nîmes), we would not have enough time to take the whole route within a day. However, it was not hard to spot some fields along the road. We stopped like many others at one spot and took some pictures.
The major villages along the lavender routes include Apt, Sault or Digne to the East. The public bus (which runs maybe every 2,3 hours for just a few times a day!) can only reach the towns but not the fields. I really wouldn’t advise making such trip without a car… As far as I know, you can join some day tours in Avignon (easily reached by train), but mind you, the tours are all quite expensive.
We also stopped by Gordes, another “les plus beaux villages”. The village itself did not have much to offer except the stone buildings built against the cliffs. The selling point was the superb view on the way to the village.
You can’t miss the best observation point for the picture because all the cars would stop and park around the same spot.
Just 4km away from Gordes, Abbaye de Senanque is a must-go as well. The small lavender field with the abbey in the background often appears on postcard of Provence. We were lucky to arrive late in the afternoon as buses of tourists were just leaving. The abbey was closed unfortunately when we visited.
Overall, this was a very satisfying day trip.
Bon voyage à tous 🙂