Ever been to places that make you go ‘wow’ instantly? If you have heard about the picturesque village of Valensole, then you will definitely know what we are talking about. Located in the heart of the breathtaking landscapes of Haute-Provence, the village of Valensole may not be as popular as the other cities of France. However, it is growing into a popular tourist destination over the years and gaining attention from travelers around the world. So, what exactly triggered this sudden rush of tourists to this hidden destination. Here are some of the main attractions that will surely make you add Valensole to your itinerary the next time you visit France.
The Valensole plateau lavender fields
The greatest attraction that Valensole has to offer is undoubtedly its lavender fields. The plateau is one of the six areas where you can see lavender fields in France. However, Valensole offers a calming, delicate fragrance and dusky purple hue of lavender, unlike any other destination you will visit. It is the best spot to admire Provence’s lavender fields and can give you the best photo opportunities you can have. The only problem is that the lavender season is not a year-round thing. June and July are the months during which seasonal tours are usually run. You can see the lavender and sunflower fields at their peak bloom during this time of the year.
The lavender distillery
Ever wondered what happens to all those lavender flowers spread across Valensole’s vast fertile landscape?! The town offers opportunities to learn more about that too. Lavender harvest and oil extraction are an important occupation of the region and part of the culture. While you visit the purple landscape, you can also easily visit a nearby distillery to see how oils are extracted. Valensole is filled with lavender fields and its distilleries. So, you will not find it hard to spot one.
The thirteenth-century church
If you take a stroll through the tiny streets of Valensole, you will easily find yourself in front of the church of Sainte-Maxime. The church may not look that lavish or breathtaking, but it has its own historic and religious relevance. Originally built in the 13th century, the old church was extended in the 16th century when the name of Saint-Blaise got added.
Grande Fontaine de Valensole
Located at the heart of Valensole, it is really hard to miss the great fountain of Valensole while you are roaming around the streets of the town. The fountain is a significant landmark and stunning sight for travelers. Similar to the other fountains and washhouses in the old town, the grande Fontaine de Valensole also has its roots going back to the sixteen century. The decorative fountain is a great spot for some awesome photographs as well.
The old medieval town
There is nothing more awe-inspiring than taking an evening stroll through the streets of Valensole steeped in history. Beyond the lavender fields and the snowy backdrop of the Alpine mountain peaks, the old medieval town has its own charm in so many ways. Filled with corbel arches, wrought-iron balconies, and ogival doors, the beautiful old houses of Valensole are restored perfectly and well-maintained. This charm only increases further, when the town organizes the annual Lavender festival on the 3rd Sunday of every July.
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