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Plateau of Valensole

A picturesque little Provencal town, Valensole is well named: it comes from Vallis and Sallis, the “Valley of the Sun”.

The village of Valensole is known for its typical Provencal houses and lavender color. The medieval village is built in an amphitheater, in which you can climb up to the church of Saint-Blaise dating from the 11th century. Let yourself be lulled by the charm of Provence that permeates every street corner.

The plateau of Valensole is famous for its huge lavender crops. Covering about 800 km², it is the largest area in France dedicated to the cultivation of lavender. The flowering from mid-June to mid-July is an explosion of colors and the intoxicating scent of lavender perfumes the air.

What to do and see in Valensole ?

Valensole is well known for this plant with many benefits as this article explains.

The flowering is from mid-June to mid-July is an explosion of colors.

From Apt to Castellane, passing through Manosque, Valensole or Barrême, the lavender road is vast and extends over several kilometers with a dozen possible circuits to follow. The Lavender Route covers several departments between the Drôme provençale, the Vaucluse, the Alpes de Haute Provence and the Var.

What are the local products?

Other local products and know-how can be found there.

Lavender in different forms with essential oils such as lavender aspic, lavender officinale which have many therapeutic properties.

For those who like to eat, the lavender honey is exceptional but also other specialties such as the lavender pâté.

The almond trees are also part of the beauty of the landscape. Their blooming offers a real show for the eyes between February and March. We find them whole, hulled, slivered, powdered … They are also part of the 13 Christmas desserts known in Provence.

Other crops are part of Valensole’s land with olive trees, truffles grown in the oak forests of Valensole or wheat, the main crop of the Alpes de Haute Provence department. You can admire the gilding of the wheat fields at the same time as that of the lavender from the end of June.

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