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
Abbey of Senanque near Gordes Center
Lavender in Provence
Lacoste
Near the Abbey of Senanque and the
village of Gordes, The Lavender
Museum
Provence Lavender
Gordes Provence
Lacoste Provence
Lavender near Lacoste
Roman Bridge Provence
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.
Gordes

Reach Provence, Trains, Roads, and Flights  Avignon is a good base for lavender sightseeing

Air
International flights serve Paris, Marseilles,  Locals Nimes and Avignon. (International seasonal to Avignon)
Train
TGV Fast trains serve Avignon and Nimes from Paris. (Direct London to Avignon, seasonal) Local trains serve Arles from Avignon
Auto
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.    
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Provence Lavender fields near the village of Lacoste
Lavender Museum Provence
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