East of Avignon the town of Gordes centers a region of villages engaged in lavender production including Roussillion, Menerbes, Lacoste, Bonnieux, and the Abbaye de Senanque
High speed train from Paris Gare de Lyon station takes under three hours to reach the Avignon TGV station where rental cars are available. Local bus and taxi reach avignon Center from the TGV station
Lacoste attracts artists to its school.
Plien air painters work in the one-street village that was once home to the Marque de Sade
Lavender fields in the hills near Sault on the Plateau de Vaucluse
bloom in late June for a mid July harvest
Provence Lavender, The South of France
Villages in Lavender Country
Hilltop villages are common in lavender country of Provence
Provence Lavender Towns
Provence lavender country
offers great hiking and
biking in the South of France.
The hill towns in lavender country
can offer a strenuous hike or bike ride because they are hill towns. . Just a hike to the top of the hill for a view of the lavender fields below might be hike enough.
The hill get steeper as you go north into the hills below Mount Ventoux. Lavender ripens later in the higher elevations.
Hiking and Biking In Lavender Country
Hiking and biking in lavender country is not as easy as it is in the flatter terrain to the south planted to olive groves and vineyards.
Lavender country in Provence is in the valley and the foothills of Mount Ventoux.
As you travel north towards the center of lavender production in Sault you reach higher ground and a mid July lavender harvest.
Provence Lavender in The South of France comes ripe in
the end of June. The fields are full of purple around Gordes and Apt, the centers of lavender production.
Lavender types vary in the foothills as you travel north towards the center of lavender production in Sault
Near the Abbey of Senanque and the
village of Gordes, The Lavender
A Roman era bridge built in the year 3 BC near Lacoste and Gordes, east of Avignon in lavender country
Lacoste in the distance, above the lavender fields near Gordes, east of Avignon.
Reach Provence, Trains, Roads, and Flights Avignon is a good base for lavender sightseeing
International flights serve Paris, Marseilles, Locals Nimes and Avignon. (International seasonal to Avignon)
TGV Fast trains serve Avignon and Nimes from Paris. (Direct London to Avignon, seasonal) Local trains serve Arles from Avignon
Rental cars are available at the TGV Stations in Paris, Avignon, and Nimes. Available also in Arles.
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.
Provence Lavender fields near the village of Lacoste