Can you imagine walking into a place that instantly relaxes you? A place where the aroma pleasantly hits you before you arrive and fills you with complete tranquillity? It is difficult to think about this, as there are very few places on the planet like the place being described. If you want to discover this paradise, get on a Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation train and let's meet there.
The region of Provence is one of the most emblematical areas in France as tourists flock by the hundreds in June and July to see the purple blanket that covers the country! People cannot quite believe their eyes when they arrive at this place. Of course, most people have seen the beautiful Lavender flowers before and there are other areas that grow Lavender in Europe, such as England, Italy or Spain. France, however, outdoes every other country with the magnitude of this sweetly fragrant plant.
Visiting the lavender fields is a beautiful spectacle of nature
The best time to come and see this breath-taking sight is in June and July but depending on the region, climate, rainfall etc., it can vary. However, you can definitely find this fragrant plant dotted around the region in late spring and summer. If you visit in July or August, you may be lucky enough to be there for one of the famous Lavender festivals. The festivals are really something to write home about and like no other. Get the chance to buy not only lavender products but also local wines, cheese and other types of local food. Mix this with some great folk music and you will experience an unforgettable day out.
Where to stay?
Normally, finding accommodation is not too difficult apart from festival days so it is important to check your dates against the local calendar. Places to stay in order to get to see the biggest crops of Lavender include Saulte, Valensole, Ferrassieres-Plateau d´Albion and Digne Les Bains. These places have anything from humble guesthouses to luxury apartments or hotels. The farmhouses that stand beside the Lavender fields are also very popular and get reserved fast. Imagine waking up in the morning to the delicate smell of this fragrant plant.
In all of the places mentioned, the accommodation normally offers superb French cuisine. If you want to go out to eat though, there are many quaint bistros and restaurants in the villages and towns that serve delicious home-cooked food. If you visit on a festival day, you will be spoilt for choice.
Valence, Nimes, Avignon... they are all wonderful places to visit before going to the beautiful purple fields