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Tourism and travel guide

Surrounded by lavender fields, Valensole invites you to stay in authentic, picturesque Provence.

In the department of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, the picturesque village of Valensole seduces by its authentic charm, nestled in the heart of the spectacular landscapes of Haute-Provence. With nearly 2400 inhabitants, the village of Valensole has the calm of a village, with local stores.

In this village in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, nature is always there. Rent a mountain bike or your bike, put on your backpack and explore the roads, paths and trails of Haute-Provence. In the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, there is no lack of outdoor activities: horse riding, golf initiation, via ferrata, tree climbing course, paragliding baptism…

Like other villages in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Valensole offers visitors a very generous terroir. The terroir around Valensole invites you to numerous gourmet getaways, to discover farmers and producers.

The local historical and cultural heritage conceals tourist treasures: churches, chapels, old houses, manors, castles…

Would you like to stay in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence? You can discover a selection of accommodation to spend your stay in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence: campsites, guest houses, hotels… You can get in touch with the Valensole Tourist Office to discover remarkable monuments nearby.

The Gorges du Verdon

The Gorges du Verdon and the lake of Sainte-Croix are waiting for you near Valensole. Numerous water activities are offered: descent of the gorges by kayak, pedal boat, sailboat or boat rental, stand-up paddle… The Verdon is also a great playground for nature lovers. You can practice climbing, hiking, mountain biking, horse riding all year round…

Valensole is located about 20 kilometres from the beaches of Lake Sainte-Croix. Beaches and many water sports activities are available.

The lavender fields

Valensole is famous for its lavender fields, which stretch for several kilometers and offer a real postcard setting. In bloom between June and July, lavender is an important tourist attraction in the region. It is available in perfume, essential oil, scented sachets, and as a motif on clothes, household linen…

You can admire the lavender fields in flower between mid-June and mid-July. If you are taking photographs, do not enter the fields and do not damage the plants.

Museums of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

The Lavender Museum is located in a former distillery. You can visit the museum and the gardens, before discovering local products and lavender products in the shop. The Lavender Museum is located south of the village, on the road to Gréoux.

The Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department is home to a heritage and a terroir of great diversity. You can discover this heritage in different museums. Where would you like to go? According to your wishes, you can visit the Museum-Promenade of the Geological Reserve of Haute-Provence in Digne-les-Bains, the Museum of Working Memory and Mining in Saint-Maime, the Museum of Meyronnes…

Practical Informations

Would you like to discover the village of Valensole? We can help you prepare your visit.

  • Location: Valensole is located about 20 km east of Manosque.
  • Nearby tourist towns and villages: Manosque, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, Gréoux-les-Bains…
  • Market days: every Saturday morning.
  • Tourist Office (address): 8 Bd Frédéric Mistral, 04210 Valensole
  • Tourist Office (phone): (+33)4 92 74 90 02
  • Official website:

Would you like to stay several days in Valensole? You can find accommodation in the village or nearby. You can book a hotel room, a bed and breakfast, a campsite…