Visitors can tour the interior of the Abbey of Senanque and they can lodge in the Senanque Abbey to take part in a religious retreat.
The Abbey of Senanque was constructed by Cistercian monks in the Romanesque style during the middle of the 12th Century.
The monks invite visitors to stay and join in the Abbey life for eight days.
In the area of Lacoste and Gordes, lavender fields surround the villages. The Abbey of Senanque makes an interesting photo because of the fields of lavender surrounding the building.
The monks at the Abbey invite guest who would like a religious retreat to stay as overnight guests for up to eight days. (except Jan. Feb.)
The visitor would take meals in silence with the monks and participate in daily Christian services.
In the Fields surrounding the Abbey of Senanque the last week of June sees rows of spiky green start to turn purple. By the end of June the valleys have turned to mats of parallel rows of purple.
With lavender in the foreground and the Abbey de Senanque as backdrop, tourist come to the valley on the backside of the village of Gordes looking to make that perfect photo of ripening lavender.
These spiked mats of purple in front of the Abbey of Senanque are not planted to attract tourists, however, they are an agricultural crop important to the Provence farmer. The rows of purple flowers are lavender, a cash crop that eventually turns from its showy field display into a dozen products that we use every day.
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Go east from Avignon on the D-900 to the D2
Take a left and head towards the village of Gordes. Watch for the turnout on your left for the road above the valley were you will find the Abbey de Senanque.
The monks at the Abbey of Senanque offer hand made items in the abbey gift shop. They tend gardens for their food and grow Lavender as a cash crop.
During a visit to the Abbey of Senanque, a short trip on the Gordes road will bring you to the village of Coustellet on the road from Avignon to Apt, (D-901 to D-900) near Bonnieux and Gordes. A unique museum there tells the lavender story: Musee De La Lavande: The Lincele' Family's Lavender Museum.
Lavender Museum link for info about lavender and the distilling process