Lavender in the Enclave of the Popes
Welcome to Provence!
In July and August, stretches of lavender-blue catch the eye of holidaymakers as they drive down the A7 on their way to the south. Located at the gateway to Provence, these fields bring colour to holiday travel.
Reaching up to Valréas and the Popes’ Enclave, the fields give holidaymakers a colourful welcome.
So why not stop off to take full advantage of this alluring landscape?
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Office de Tourisme Pays de Grignan – Enclave des Papes
10 Avenue Mar Leclerc, 84600 Valréas
The benefits of lavender
Lovely to look at, lavender is also the plant with a thousand virtues. We’ll start our discovery of this plant with a summary of the benefits.
Used in essential oil for for its olfactory characteristics, lavender also has uses in cosmetics, for cleaning and medicinal attributes.
Here’s a little overview:
– found in tea and herbal tea, lavender relaxes you and helps with digestion
– in decoction (flowers soaked in boiling water for 10 minutes), it’s used in massages to relax the muscles (wait for the decoction to cool down!)
– essential oils soothe insect bites
– lavender honey helps you sleep
– its scent deters ticks, mosquitos and other lice
To find out more, don’t hesitate to go to the Tourist Office in Valréas where you’ll get to know the plant like the back of your hand.
Did you know?
- Lavender and lavandin are cousin plants: while lavender is an “original” plant, lavandin is a hybrid plant created from “fine” lavender and “spike” lavender.
- Lavender grows above 800 m of altitude whereas lavandin grows on the plains.
Bike ride alongside the lavender fields
And here goes! A bike ride on little roads lined with stretches of blue!
Take your time to cycle at your own pace and admire the landscapes which are shaped by lavender.
Starting at the Tourist Office, take the looped path around the Enclave of the Popes, crossing vineyards and lavender fields. From the first few kilometres, as you leave Valréas and head in the direction of Vinsobres, a patchwork of green and lavender blue colours the countryside. This is an introduction which foreshadows the panoramas that will be seen throughout the itinerary, which will then lead you through Visan, the village of Richerenches, once inhabited by the Knights Templar, and Grillon, before returning to Valréas.
A nice 3.5 hour bike ride with views that will really blow you away!
- Best time to see the lavender in flower: July
- 36 km with a 540 m increase in altitude. Not recommended for small children.
- Itinerary duration: 3.5 hours
Organic lavender and its impact on well-being
A few kilometres west of Valréas, discover this producer of organic cosmetics made from lavender and lavandin
You’ve made the effort, now enjoy the well-deserved reward!
Remember that lavender loosens up and relaxes the muscles, so why not pay a visit to “L’essential de lavande”, an organic producer of cosmetic products.
After a tour of the estate to understand how lavender grows and about the harvest of the famous sprigs, you’ll be unable to resist a massage in the fields with shea and lavandin essential oil!
- Estate tours by appointment from September to June and every day in July and August
- Massage in the fields: from June to July / €70 per person