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Valensole

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Valensole - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
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A 580 m elevation on the plateau of the same name, with an area of 12 700 ha, is one of the largest municipalities in France. At the heart of the Parc Naturel du Verdon, on the road to the lakes of St. Croix and Esparron and gorges of Verdon, stands in the middle of farmland devoted to wheat and lavender's beautiful silhouette of a genuine Provencal village.

Site remarkable taste for honey lavender.

Geographical information

MunicipalityValensole
Postcode04210
Tourism label
Latitude43.8370640 (N 43° 50’ 13”)
Longitude5.9832420 (E 5° 58’ 60”)
AltitudeFrom 290m to 651m
Surface area127.77 km²
Population3292 inhabitants
Density25 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureDigne-les-Bains (44 km, 44 min)
Insee code04230
IntercommunalityCA Durance Luberon Verdon Agglomération
DepartmentAlpes-de-Haute-Provence
RegionProvence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Nearest cities & towns

Brunet10.5 km (14 min)
Saint-Martin-de-Brômes11.7 km (23 min)
Gréoux-les-Bains13.5 km (18 min)
Allemagne-en-Provence13.6 km (23 min)
Riez14.3 km (19 min)
Oraison16.6 km (24 min)
Roumoules17.5 km (23 min)
Saint-Julien-d'Asse18.6 km (26 min)
Puimoisson18.8 km (19 min)
La Brillanne19.6 km (28 min)
Bras-d'Asse20 km (23 min)
Manosque22 km (25 min)
Le Castellet23 km (32 min)
Entrevennes23 km (34 min)

Things to see and do

Walking through the streets to admire the old doors and door knockers.

Discover fountains and wash houses the 16th century.

Admire in the village storefronts with aged paints.

Visit the traditional lavender distillery late June to late July following harvesting.

Discover the 13th century church and deanery court birthplace of Saint Mayeul, the child of the country, the fourth abbot of Cluny.

In and around the village, you can visit the different producers, artisans and shops where you will find everything that makes the richness of the soil: lavender and its extract, wheat, honey, olive oil and famous.

Hiking, horseback or mountain bike from the village used to assess the immensity and the atmosphere of the plateau. You can admire the fields of lavender and wheat, and especially in spring colors diversity of flora in bloom.

Nature walk with donkeys and accompanist. Various possibilities : 1/2 day, full day with picnic, discovery of lavender and Valensole plateau overlooking the Verdon and the Alps...

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres

Events and festivities

Wednesday and Saturday morning on the walk: farmers' market.

April: botanical area.

3rd Sunday of July: lavender festival.

In August, the market of the full moon in the village streets.

Agricultural and craft fair.

Photos

Village square Valensole
Village square Valensole
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Lavender fields tray Valensole
Lavender fields tray Valensole
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Summer Stroll to Valensole
Summer Stroll to Valensole
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Old walls flower
Old walls flower
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Lavender Honey
Lavender Honey
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Market Day
Market Day
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Distillery lavender
Distillery lavender
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Parade during the festival lavender
Parade during the festival lavender
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Baptism by helicopter to the lavender festival in July
Baptism by helicopter to the lavender festival in July
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Distillation equipment lavender
Distillation equipment lavender
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Distillery lavender
Distillery lavender
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Old medieval village, Cluny site
Old medieval village, Cluny site
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Church and its campanile
Church and its campanile
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Roofs village Valensole
Roofs village Valensole
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Day parade lavender
Day parade lavender
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Day lavender
Day lavender
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Day lavender
Day lavender
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Top Summer Valensole
Top Summer Valensole
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Goat Farming and cheese Valensole
Goat Farming and cheese Valensole
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Sunflowers on board Valensole
Sunflowers on board Valensole
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Sun Snow
Sun Snow
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Christmas Valensole - Flock of sheep
Christmas Valensole - Flock of sheep
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Campanile with its curious vane (© Jean Espirat)
Campanile with its curious vane (© Jean Espirat)
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Church of Saint-Denis (© Jean Espirat)
Church of Saint-Denis (© Jean Espirat)
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Nave of the Church of Saint-Denis (© Jean Espirat)
Nave of the Church of Saint-Denis (© Jean Espirat)
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Chair church Espirat Saint-Denis (© Jean)
Chair church Espirat Saint-Denis (© Jean)
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Chair of the church (© Jean Espirat)
Chair of the church (© Jean Espirat)
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Painted ceiling of the North Chapel the church (© JE)
Painted ceiling of the North Chapel the church (© JE)
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Painted ceiling of the South Chapel of the church (© JE)
Painted ceiling of the South Chapel of the church (© JE)
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Explanation of the church (© Jean Espirat)
Explanation of the church (© Jean Espirat)
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Lintel old (© Jean Espirat)
Lintel old (© Jean Espirat)
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old sign (© Jean Espirat)
old sign (© Jean Espirat)
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view from behind the church (© Jean Espirat)
view from behind the church (© Jean Espirat)
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Weather

Monday 2 march
Min. 1°C - Max. 7°C
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Tuesday 3 march
Min. -2°C - Max. 4°C
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Wednesday 4 march
Min. -5°C - Max. 2°C
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Activities: Biking - Hiking - horseback rides - Canoeing - Kayaking - Rafting - Sailing - Rowing - Swimming (Lake St. Croix and Esparron). Clean air and light is conducive to the practice of the glider and ultralight.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Bicycle hire between Verdon and Luberon
Nature and the great outdoors18 € to 72 € Manosque (15.9 km)
Hired electric bikes delivered to your door
Nature and the great outdoors10 € to 140 € Sigonce (21 km)
Sculpture, engraving and drawing courses
Culture and education40 € to 280 € Moissac-Bellevue (25 km)
Guided tour of an agro-ecological farm
Culture and education6 € to 8 € Entrepierres (39 km)
Canyoning or Rafting in the Verdon Gorges
Sports sensations33 € to 68 € Castellane (42 km)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Olive tree path
HikeEasy1h30Estoublon (19.1 km)
Summit and Ridges of Lure via Notre-Dame
HikeAthletic7h00Cruis (28 km)
Tour of the old village
HikeEasy2h00Châteauneuf-Val-Saint-Donat (29 km)
Tour of Volonne Lake
HikeEasy2h15Volonne (31 km)
Colorado of Provence
HikeEasy1h00Rustrel (41 km)

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Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals

Campsites

Hotels