Lavender Fields in Provence. Senanque Abbey.
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In Search of Lavender Fields in Provence

Before booking our trip to Aix-en-Provence, I did a bit of research on where the best lavender fields in Provence are located and what time of year is best to visit. I did a few Google searches. I clicked my way through the clickbait and I sifted through those over saturated pins on Pinterest. I searched by location on Instagram. It sounded like finding lavender fields in Provence was as easy as finding piles of trash on the side of the road in Naples. Easy day.

Most fashion bloggers would give vague advice in their blog posts like, “Oh, just drive around and you’ll see them!” Well, if you were to drive to Gordes from the north, from Gordes to Aix-en-Provence, from Aix through the mountains to Ansouis, no. No, you would not. At least that’s how my first few attempts panned out. Now, I saw one or two small lavender fields off in the distance. We were either on the freeway or you couldn’t easily get to it, much less frolic in it. People, I’m tryin’ to frolic.

Not a whole lot of purple going on…

I knew for sure there was at least a lavender field at the Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque. I also wanted to see the abbey itself and this is just as stunning as you’d imagine. It’s a must-see if you are in the Gordes area.

Lavender Fields in Provence. Senanque Abbey.

So after no luck at “just stumbling upon one” on the first day, the second day was a success.  A few more Google searches later, I saw there were several outside of Bonnieux. After a picnic in Ansouis, fueled by cheese and strawberries from the market, I fired up the rental car with a renewed enthusiasm.Picnic in Provence- Ansouis

Picnic in Provence- Ansouis

From the hilltop viewpoint as we were leaving Bonnieux, we saw the landscape below sprinkled with lavender! We drove down the hill and finally spotted a field (made more visible by the 6 or 7 cars that were parked on the side of the road). These fields weren’t just filled with Instagram models in their early twenties. We saw a group of motorcyclists in leather taking photos, older couples and even a lady with her little dog. I was so sad we couldn’t bring Alfie on this trip!

Lavender Fields in Provence -7

Then, of course, we too proceeded to take a few snaps with a bunch of other trespassers in some French guy’s lavender field.

Lavender Fields in Provence

If you are like me and would prefer not to drive aimlessly in a foreign country, here are the coordinates of that lavender field: 43.851346, 5.280495. Finally satiated after a failed quest the day before, we moved on to Roussillon.

Lavender Fields in Provence. Roussillon.

After exploring the ochre trail and the town painted red (more on Roussillon to come), we headed back to Aix. We passed another field on the drive back between Roussillon and Gordes (coordinates: 43.917152, 5.269262). This one was slightly smaller, but I liked the cypress trees in the background and no one else was there.

Lavender Fields in Provence

Valensole and Sault seemed to be the best spots for lavender fields in Provence, but after the morning market in Aix-en-Provence and visiting Roussillon, time was tight. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to see all the wonders of Provence. You could be there for weeks and not see it all, much less two nights!

Seeing the lavender fields in Provence wasn’t my number one motivation for wanting to visit the region. Is drinking rose and eating cheese on a warm summer night in an outdoor café in Aix a more or less dignified reason? After all, I have been known to take the train to Rome simply for cacio e pepe and gelato. I love exploring small towns in Italy, and I knew France had some charm that could rival even the most adorable Italian villages.

If visiting the lavender fields in Provence is your number one reason for visiting the region and you want that photo with lavender as far as the eye can see, that’s over in Valensole or I’m a moron and just missed it. I blame the rosé and poor research skills that surprisingly got me through college. Now, I did find some sunflower fields as far as the eye can see!

Sunflower fields in Provence

Have you seen the lavender fields in Provence? I would love to know your experience and where you found the best fields?! I have a feeling I will be back and would love to have better locations for next time.

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10 Comment

  1. Reply
    Hannah
    July 11, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Scarlett, I sooo appreciate that you were generous enough to divulge the exact (coordinates, even!) location of the lavender fields! You’ve got me feverish to travel right now!

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      Scarlett | Petite Suitcase
      July 12, 2017 at 5:50 am

      Sometimes a girl just needs coordinates. Ya hear me?! I always have the travel itch! Thanks for commenting Hannah : )

  2. Reply
    Hannah
    July 12, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Such a beautiful post! Really not helping my already unhealthy flower addiction – haha. PS. I LOVE your little white dress (and your beautiful curly hair!)

    xx Hannah
    https://hannahcochranphoto.com

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      Scarlett | Petite Suitcase
      July 12, 2017 at 5:34 pm

      Thank you, Hannah! I got the dress years ago in a bargain bin at Old Navy for $5!! STEAL!

  3. Reply
    Monet
    July 16, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Scarlett! Thanks so much for sharing the coordinates and details. Love your photos and this is such a great post <3

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      Scarlett | Petite Suitcase
      July 19, 2017 at 7:35 pm

      Thank you, Monet! I hope you find some lavender on your trip!

  4. Reply
    Zhanna
    July 23, 2017 at 5:35 am

    I love your story. It’s so personal and makes me feel like I’ve been listening to a friend 🙂 The pictures are also amazing!

    1. Reply
      Scarlett | Petite Suitcase
      July 23, 2017 at 9:22 am

      Thank you Zhanna!! I had such a nice time in Provence!

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    Lorelle
    August 10, 2017 at 4:42 am

    One of my favourite regions in France. Gorgeous shots Scarlett. Great to connect. Lorelle 🙂
    https://amindfultravellerblog.wordpress.com/

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      Scarlett | Petite Suitcase
      August 11, 2017 at 9:15 am

      Thank you, Lorelle! It really is such a gorgeous region. I had only spent time in Paris, so I was so excited to see Provence.

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