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Sault, the capital of the Lavender

Sault, the capital of the Lavende. Pedro Sagues

Sault, the capital of the Lavender

People often associate French Provence with the lavender fields. When visiting the Provence and not seeing them, they usually get disappointed. Visiting Sault, the capital of the Lavender, is the only way of really enjoying the magnificent views of the lavender fields, walk through them and smell its aroma. If you’re asking yourself: Where can I find the best Lavender fields? Sault is the answer. You won’t be disappointed, trust me: Sault is what Provence really looked like in your mind and, definitely, one of the best places in the world.

Lavender is harvested from July to October. After that, very few fields remain unharvested so the tourist can enjoy them. I really encourage you to visit Sault before September. On August 14th and 15th is the Lavender Festival. The celebration comprises games, competitions and other activities to do with lavender, including sales exhibition of local products.

I recommend taking the “Chemin des Lavandes”, a 1,5km walk through the Lavender fields and distilleries.

If you’re coming from Avignon, take the road through Mazan and you’ll enjoy the beautiful views from the Mount Ventoux

Sault official website

These are some of the highest ranked books in Amazon about Lavender:

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Photo credits: Pedro Sagüés

Carrière de Lumières in Baux de Provence

Cathedrale d'Images. Baux de Provence. Photo by Pedro Sagüés

Carrière de Lumières in Baux de Provence

In the heart of the Provence, in the beautiful medieval fortified village Baux de Provence, you’ll find this 25 meters tall limestone quarry turned in 1977 into an incredible experience of images and music called Carrière de Lumières.

Each year, a different show takes place (Picasso, Van Gogh, Africa, China, Venice, …). In 2010 they featured AUSTRALIA. It lasts 30 minutes and it costs 7,5 € per person (kids is 3 €). You can get in and get out whenever you want, the show is always running. It takes a 10 minute walk from the town’s parking lot. If you don’t want to walk, you can leave the car right at the entrance. Bring a jacket with you, inside the quarry is 15º celsius. To have an idea of what the show is about, I recommend watching this 2 minute video I’ve prepared.

Baux de Provence was granted in 1642 to the Grimaldi family, rulers of Monaco. To this day, although administratively the town is entirely French, the title of Marquis des Baux remains with Princess Caroline of Monaco. The town is small, really well preserved, has multiple tiny shops (I bought a great Olive Oil) and is very touristic. I recommend visiting the church, one of the most original and beautiful I’ve ever seen. Although I didn’t visit the Castle, locals really recommended it.

This amazing show, together with a visit to Baux de Provence, one of the most beautiful villages in the Provence and best places in the world, makes it a must on your way through the Provence.

Cathedrale D’Images web site
Baux de Provence web site
Baux de Provence in wikipedia

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Photo and video credits: Pedro Sagüés