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 Tourism, holiday & travel in Valensole
Insee code04230
AltitudeFrom 290 to 651 meters
Surface127.77 km²
Population3292 inhabitants
Density25 inhabitants/km²


National labelBrunet at 10.5 km (14 min)
Chief townDigne-les-Bains (at 44 km, 44 min)Saint-Martin-de-Brômes at 11.7 km (23 min)
DepartmentAlpes-de-Haute-ProvenceGréoux-les-Bains at 13.5 km (18 min)
RegionProvence-Alpes-Côte d'AzurSearch another town


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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.


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

Discover fountains and wash houses of the 16th century.

Admire in the village storefronts with aged paint.

Visit the distillery traditional lavender from late June to late July following harvest.

Discover the 13th century church and the court where the Deanery Saint Mayeul is born, the child of the country, the fourth abbot of Cluny.

In and around the village, you can visit the various 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 appreciate the vastness and the atmosphere of the plateau. You can admire the lavender fields and especially in spring wheat and the color diversity of flora in bloom.

Detailed information
Information pointsTourist Office of Valensole
Leisure centresGarden of the Clos de Villeneuve


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.


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
NameType of activityPriceTown
Bicycle hire between Verdon and LuberonSports sensationsFrom 18 € to 72 €Manosque (15.9 km)
Hired electric bikes delivered to your doorNature and the outdoorsFrom 10 € to 140 €Sigonce (21 km)
Sculpture, engraving and drawing coursesCulture and educationFrom 40 € to 280 €Moissac-Bellevue (25 km)

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


A vast, unspoiled area with a rich natural heritage
Lavender country
Provençal village in Verdon Regional Nature Park
A speciality of Valensole plateau
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Wednesday 28 January
Min. -16°C - Max. -5°C
Thursday 29 January
Min. -4°C - Max. 1°C
Friday 30 January
Min. -14°C - Max. -1°C


Provençal restaurantLa Table de Pauline - Villa Borghese  
Discover La Table de Pauline Borghese restaurant nestled in the heart of Provence. You'll love the elegant and light, and the warm welcome awaits you. The plates, you will discover...
Located 11.3 km from Valensole39 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantCampanile Manosque  
The cuisine of Campanile Manosqueest a symphony of tastes and flavors sunny! You will take place in a elegant atmosphere. Enjoy basic colors of the room and its resolutely contemporary...
Located 15.1 km from Valensole20 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantLe Sud  
BEST WESTERN Manosque - Le Sud The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner in a charming dining room bathed in light. The young and dynamic team invites you to taste traditional...
Located 15.6 km from Valensole27 € per person 

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Castle with 5 bedroomsChâteau du Grand Jardin    
Be seduced by a stay in this romantic chateau of Napoleon III built on the foundations of a country house of the seventeenth century by the family de Fresse de Monval. Situated right...
Located in ValensoleFrom 110 € to 150 € the double room 
Villa with 2 bedroomsLa vandolive    
Located 10 minutes walk from the village center surrounded by fields of lavender, in a quiet location with panoramic views over the village and its surroundings. Our 2 terraces welcome...
Located in Valensole75 € the double room 
Mas with 3 bedroomsCampagne Les Chaberts    
Joëlle and André the meter welcome you to the campaign Chaberts located in St- Martin- de-Brômes (04). A simple and warm hospitality... During a break in the countryside Chaberts, in...
Located 6.6 km from Valensole50 € the double room 

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House for 6 personsL' oustaou  
Rental house in late 18th century to the gates of the Verdon Gorges. Laugh villages participating in the Regional Natural Park Verdon. Centre historic Gallo-Roman.
Located 9 km from ValensoleFrom 480 € to 550 € per week 
Apartment for 4 personsLe Petit Telle  
It is with pleasure that we welcome you to our two upscale apartments Puimoisson located in the heart of Provence. Le Petit Telle is nestled in lush greenery, between plains and mountains,...
Located 10.1 km from ValensoleFrom 550 € to 830 € per week 
Villa for 10 personsVilla Provençale avec vue panoramique  
A modern villa in the vicinity of the medieval village of Villeneuve! It is located on the eastern side of the Luberon with a view over the valley of the Durance in front of Valensole...
Located 11.5 km from ValensoleFrom 850 € to 1500 € per week 

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104 places over 3,5 haLa riviere  
Friendly family campsite along the river and a fishing pond,
Located 15.6 km from ValensoleFrom 17 € to 28.50 € per day 
126 places over 4 haCamping Indigo Forcalquier  
At the gateway of the Luberon Regional Park, in Provence... Forcalquier Indigo Campsite*** is located in Haute Provence in the south of France, close to the Luberon Regional Park and...
Located 21 km from Valensole 
447 places over 11 haCamping Sunêlia l-Hippocampe à Volonne    
This Sunêlia campsite is situated in Haute Provence along the Durance River at 600 m from Volonne, a medieval Provencal village provided with many shops. A 4 stars campsite with swimming...
Located 30 km from ValensoleFrom 13 € to 30 € per day 

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Hotel La Fontaine - Hotel in ValensoleHotel La Fontaine    
Located in the village of Saint-Martin-de-Brômes, this hotel has a restaurant with a terrace offering views of the surrounding valley. The hotel is located a 10-minute drive from Esparron-de-Verdon...
Located 8.1 km from ValensoleRoom from 36 €
Hôtel Les Deux Lions - Hotel in ValensoleHôtel Les Deux Lions     
Situated in Riez, 6 km from Lake of Sainte-Croix, Hôtel Les Deux Lions offers rooms overlooking the village or the hill. They are decorated in an elegant style, have a balcony and a...
Located 9 km from Valensole
Logis La Grande Bastide - Hotel in ValensoleLogis La Grande Bastide     
Situated in the heart of sunny Provence, the hotel/restaurant offers a warm welcome in a scene of cultivated lands and colourful landscapes. Oraison is a city in the country side,...
Located 9.1 km from ValensoleRoom from 71 €

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Château des Magnans
Chateau des Magnans contains 3 buildings and a castle, located in Jausiers in La Vallée de l'Ubaye. It offers free access to an indoor pool, sauna, hammam...
Hotel de la Placette Barcelonnette
Hotel de la Placette is located in the Old Town of Barcelonnette, 2.5 km from Mercantour National Park. It offers modern...
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