Provence Travel

Escape to Haute Provence

June 19, 2016
lake saint croix provence haute provence

It’s that special moment in Haute Provence that everyone dreams. Having had a warm winter this year, the lavender has already started to bloom a few weeks. A most magical sight to behold and a must-visit experience. THE place to view lavender fields in their full glory is definitely the Haute Provence region’s famed, Plateau de Valensole. Each year, starting from mid- to late-June through most of July, this plateau of 800 km in altitude pops to brilliant life with unbelievable violet colors, contrasted by intermittent blonde wheat fields, along with Provence’s deep sky blue.

sunflowers of provence valensole

Countless photo opportunities are to be had of the natural beauty of summer in Luxe Provence. And, don’t forget about the sounds… the bees. Their presence and constant hum between the rows of lavender are quite impressive as well, moving along busily producing some of France’s most sought after lavender-infused honey, which of course you can buy along the route on the Plateau de Valensole as well. A display and taste of pure, luxe natural beauty of the South of France. But, lavender isn’t the only thing to see in this beautiful area of Provence.

alain ducasse la bastide moustiers

Cut through the Plateau of Valensole, and you will find one of most beautiful turquoise lakes I’ve laid eyes on, the Lac de Saint Croix which gives way to the stunning Gorges du Verdon (learn more here from this post). I simply adore stopping at the small goat cheese farms along the way and then stopping at Saint Croix-du-Verdon a sweet, little picturesque Provencal village with incredible lake views, a little bar and few charming restaurants. Finish your day with shopping at the Cité de la Faïence (the city of ceramics), Moustiers Sainte-Marie, classified rightly so as one of the most beautiful villages of France in a most dramatic setting. And if gastronomy is a priority, be sure not to miss a special luxe dining experience or stay the night at Alain Ducasse’s The Bastide de Moustier (pictured above upper left).

For more lavender adventures or tour ideas, check out the Grand Route of Lavender web site here for driving route ideas and planning, by bike or car:

It’s officially time for those living here in Provence to slow down and stop to smell the lavender. The light and colors are such magic to behold. Each season, our gift curations represent the best of Provence. This summer, we are featuring the fragrances of lavender and rosé wine in a unique luxury gift curation with our limited-edition V4: La Vie est Belle curation found here. Be sure to reserve yours today, we only have a few left. We also curate VIP gift boxes for that special bride or occasion. To request a luxury gift or special event curations from Provence, learn more here, or contact us at:

Lavender Bride photo credits: Creative Direction by Laura Jullien, Photographer: Remi Dupac of Un Vie en Provence and Model: Katie Gillespie. 



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