East of Avignon the town of Gordes centers a region of villages including Rousillon, Menerbes, Lacoste, Bonnieux, and the Abbaye de Senanque, all hilltop villages connected by back roads through lavender fields great for biking or hiking.
TGV High speed trains from Paris Gare de Lyon station takes under three hours to reach the Avignon TGV station where rental cars from AutoEurope and others are available.
The Village of Lacoste in the distance attracts artists to its school. Plien air painters work in the one-street village that was once home to the Marque de Sade
Mines in the hills near Rousillon supply the minerals for ochre colorant used in oil paints
The fields around Gordes and Goult glow with lavender ripening for an early to mid July harvest
Provence,Hiking in Lavender Country, the South of France
Provence Villages in Lavender Country East of Avignon
Hiking in Lavender Country and Biking in the South of France trails through the lavender fields and olive groves. Each town is connected by walking trails and back roads used by farmers from the villages of Provence
If you do your hiking and biking in Provence in June the lavender fields will be blooming towards the end of the month and the cherries, apricots, and melons will be ripe and available at the farm stands along the way.
June makes the after hiking cooking of the many healthy Provence recipes easy. If you find a vacation rental, Gite, or a villa with a full kitchen you can use the local produce and spices to do some healthy French cooking.
Chicken recipes using herbs de Provence and Provence recipes using Provence lamb smothered in thyme and savory and cooked over a bed of Rosemary are traditional meat recipes. Provence vegetable recipes include tomato and eggplant and Provence dessert recipes use fresh fruit and Provence goat cheese along with a locally grown Cotes du Rhone.
Lavender fields grow below the hilltop villages
Apt, Bonnieux Lacoste, Rousillon, Gordes, Saignon, Sault
Provence, Hiking in Lavender Country,
the South of France
Provence, Hiking in Lavender Country, the South of France is great in June because the lavender harvest has not begun.
The TGV train takes under three hours from Paris to Avignon and there are many vacation rentals villas, and apartments available.
Provence Lavender Country, end of June, East of Avignon, Provence
The village of Le Coustellet near Gordes offers the lavender Museum
Near the Village of Saignon and the City of Apt, the lavender fields ripen for a mid July harvest.
The lavender Museum displays tools used in the production of lavender oils.
The village of Saignon near Apt is in the center of lavender production.
Where is Provence
Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, Arles
Provence Cooking Vacation
Provence France Hotels
Provence Sightseeing, Biking
Shop for your rental car online well ahead of your trip and choose diesel (more economical) or gas, luggage space,(important) standard or automatic,(important) two door, four door and other options.