The Plateau of Valensole, famous for its lavender and truffles, covers approximately 800km2 and is the biggest area in France devoted to growing lavender. The blooming period from mid-June to mid-July is an explosion of colours and the inebriating scent fills the exceptionally pure air of the region. The medieval village is built on the side of a hill overlooking a small river valley. The streets and alleys snake their way up to the 11th century St Blaise church. Many shops offer arts and crafts and other products made from lavender such as honey, essential oils, lavender ice cream and nougats.
Cycling and picnicking in the lavender fields
You will never forget this electric bike ride in the heart of Provence! Smell the sweet scent of lavender, admire the shades of blue and purple in the endless lavender fields, breathe the fresh air of the Provençal countryside while pedaling gently and joyfully. At lunch, enjoy a fantastic picnic in the middle of the fields. The perfect occasion to taste local products! Lavender is the true symbol of Provence, come and discover this natural wonder. You will be accompanied by a nature lover guide specialised in ecotours.
A journey through the senses
Discover the unique world of L’OCCITANE EN PROVENCE (a world known French cosmetic brand) and step into its factory, museum and garden. See behind the scenes at L’OCCITANE and enjoy a moment of sensorial relaxation as you discover the secrets of the plants used in L’OCCITANE skincare and fragrance ranges, as well as typically Mediterranean aromatic and medicinal plants.
Discover the secrets of lavender essential oil
As you explore hundreds of hectares of lavender, you will also come across different distilleries and have the opportunity to meet lavender growers. Their experience and knowledge passed down from one generation to the next. They will show you how to make lavender essential oil, the purest and most sought after. There is only one craft distillery left and of course you can also visit it! Come to Valensole and experience the whole process while surrounded by magnificent and wild countryside... it's sublime!