Plateau de Valensole Tourism
Plateau de Valensole. with its 300 days of sunshine per year, benefits from generous climate all year round, especially in the summer.
This very tourist-friendly region is home to numerous attractions, and each year visitors come to find authentic, welcoming Provence.
A region between Provence, Alpes, and Verdon
Located at an average altitude of around 500 meters, Plateau de Valensole extends from Manosque to Dignes-les-Bains, west of the famous Gorges du Verdon. Easily accessible from Aix-en-Provence, it is close to both the Mediterranean and the neighboring Alps. Its Mediterranean climate, with mountain influences, gave rise to rich and diverse vegetation, which alternates between oak and pine woods, fields of grain, and lavender.
Several villages make up the provençal identity of Plateau de Valensole, and attract tourists during the warm season. Although Valensole gave the region its name, other very tourist-friendly settlements await vacationers, including Gréoux-les-Bains, thermal station, or the little village of Esparron-du-Verdon, located on the banks of the eponymous lake.
Valensole, lavender paradise
The region of Plateau de Valensole owes a lot to lavender. Cultivated here for more than a century, it spreads over vast fields, which, during the blooming season, create fascinating and dreamlike landscapes that resonate with many tourists, creating a classic image of authentic and timeless Provence. Several distilleries let you learn about the production of high-quality essential oils, which has many qualities, and different events are organized around lavender all summer long, to celebrate the bloom or the harvest.
PARISCityVision and its partners organize several day trips, leaving from Aix en Provence, to discover the huge lavender fields in Plateau de Valensole. If you would like to learn more about Provence's iconic flower, we have dedicated an article to the fields of lavender in Provence.
Swimming, nature, and culture in Plateau de Valensole
There are plenty of activities in this corner of Provence, and if you decide to spend a few days, you'll find a number of places to discover and enjoy new experiences. Swimmers, for example, will love the Esparron-du-Verdon lake. Smaller than its big brother, Sainte-Croix lake, its swimming water is particularly clear, in a natural setting. There are numerous aquatic activities in Esparron and in Sainte-Croix: pedal boats, electric boats, sailing...
Plateau de Valensole's terrain, with its soft hills, its side roads, and its country trails, is perfect for hikes and bike rides. The different villages offer visitors charming monuments and museums, whose humbleness doesn't take away from their fascinating exhibits. At Gréoux-les-Bains, you can also experience a spa cure.