The Tourist Information Center in Avignon (at the
TGV Station or in the city) and those in the villages
will have maps showing roads that will take you
through the villages in the heart of lavender
A one hour drive east of Avignon, the town of
Gordes centers a region of villages engaged in
lavender production. These include Rousillon,
Menerbes, Lacoste, Bonnieux, and the Abbaye
To the North, the hilltop village of Sault centers
another region of lavender agriculture.
High speed train from Paris Gare de Lyon Station
takes under three hours to reach the Avignon TGV
station where rental cars are available.
Lacoste attracts artists to its school. Plien air painters work in the one-street village that was once home to
the Marque de Sade. Hikes of three to six miles round trip are possible between these villages. Part of the
hike will be on road part through agricultural fields. The Village of Gordes has a tourist info center
Lavender fields in the hills near Sault on the Plateau de Vaucluse bloom in late June for a mid
July harvest. Higher elevations peak in mid July
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. Good roads
connect the villages, some built by the Romans in the first century.
Provence Lavender Trail, The South of France
Villages in Lavender Country
through The South
of France is a series
of roads that follow
in the area east of
The driving trip on
the village roads
east and north east
of Avignon goes
through hill Country
and offers Great
Hiking, Biking, and
Sightseeing in the
South of France
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 takes on the foothill look and as you travel north
towards the center of lavender production in Sault you approach Mount Ventoux.
If you didn't know that it was
a lavender museum you
would think they were
honoring moonshine, but
the process is similar;
lavender goes through a
distilling process to release
and concentrate the oils that
will eventually become
perfumes and medicines,
cleaning agents and healing
oils that we find on our
Maps of lavender regions
available at the gift shop
Several lavender mills in the regions are open during the production season, End of June through July. There
is also a museum near Gordes, The museum in the village of Coustellet on the road from Avignon to Apt, near
Bonnieux and Gordes, tells the history of lavender production in the area. The Musee De La Lavande: The
Lincele' Family's Lavender Museum.
Driving Through Lavender Country, Provence the South of France
Provence Lavender Trail in the South of France is a driving tour through Provence lavender country. The
flowers come ripe at the end of June and the fields are full of purple around Gordes, Apt, and Sault, the centers
of lavender production.
Good roads connect the villages. For hiking or biking, there are many back roads connecting the villages.
The Village of Sault is higher in elevation and has a later ripening of the lavender than the area around Gordes
The Provence Lavender Trail in The South of France follows
production of Provence Lavender.
The driving trip east of Avignon goes through hill Country
and offers Great Hiking, Biking, and Sightseeing in the South
International flights serve Paris, Marseilles, Locals Nimes and Avignon.
TGV Fast trains serve Avignon and Nimes from Paris. Local trains serve Arles
Rental cars are available at the TGV Stations in Paris, Avignon, and Nimes. Available also in Arles.
AutoEurope is available in Avignon at the TGV train station.
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 Vacation Rental
Provence Hotels, Lodging
Provence Hiking, Biking
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