Provence is often summarised in a picture of glorious lavender fields, which obviously come into full bloom from July onwards. The town of Valréas (84 Vaucluse, Provence PACA), also famous for its Côtes du Rhône wines, holds an annual Lavender Festival (Corso de Lavande) from 2 – 5 August 2019:-
Lavender is celebrated in Valréas during the first weekend in the month of August. Saturday evening and Monday evening, there is a parade of richly decorated floats, on different themes each year. A lively parade full of fun for the crowds who come to take part in the celebration. Folk dance and music groups, marching bands majorettes lead the way. This year’s theme: countries and their traditions.
This part of Provence sums up the essence of southern France with its wealth of luscious produce – fruits, wine, lavender, truffles – as part of an area known as l’Enclave des Papes (The Popes Enclave)
The Enclave des Papes is happy to offer to its inhabitants and visitors some delicious flavours and pleasant aromas :the Côtes du Rhône wine, the Black Diamond “the truffle”, and the bluish fields of lavender in June…
So many products stemming from our soil gathered on our weekly Provençal markets!
Some of the more extensive fields of Lavender can be found on the Plateau de Sault or the Plateau de Valensole, near Digne-les-Bains (04 Alpes-de-Haute Provence, PACA)
Of course Lavender is also grown in the UK as far north as Yorkshire – for example at Wolds Way Lavender near Malton, North Yorkshire – and there have been days when North Yorkshire has been warmer than Provence.
There is a self-catering holiday home Les Hauts Des Beaumes in Sault