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Where to stay in Provence to see the lavender fields in July

Where is the most ideal place in Provence (what area or city) to see the lavender fields in July?

Also, approximately how long would it take to drive there form the Loire Valley (Chenonceau area)?

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There are so many spots - with a car it's so easy to get to them. We went this year and spent 4 nights in Salon, then moved to Manosque for 3 nights. Looking at the map, Manosque was centrally situated for what we wanted to see...we stayed in Salon to see things more to the east/north, then in Manosque for more westerly areas/lavender trail. Lots of people have favourite towns and villages. I will say on our travels around the area, Moustiers Sainte Marie (more to the west) was a very pretty town...I would just look for something on the lavender trail, find a place that looks good, and book it.

I guess it depends if you want big/touristy or smaller/less touristy...

A good site for figuring out distances is Rome2rio - plug in from where to where, and it'll tell you approx. driving times, as well as public transport options.

https://www.surfingtheplanet.com/en/lavender-routes-in-provence/ - on this map, we did the trip from Manosque to Forcalquier, then did the trip around Greoux to Moustiers and around to Valensole.

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I based in Roussillon when I was there in July. It's small and touristy (during the day) but that didn't matter because I spent the days out driving around the area to see the other towns/villages and lots of lavender. I really enjoyed the small village atmosphere in the evening after the bulk of the tourists left and with the late daylight I was able to explore late into the evening.

Driving time from Chenonceau to the area will depend on where you decide to base - probably 6-8 hours with rest stops. If you use rome2rio.com add times for rest stops and/or lunch to the drive times as they are strictly driving times depending on clear roads and little or no traffic. Viamichelin.com gives a bit more accurate driving times but your time will still depend on traffic and road conditions.

I loved this area in July, enjoy.