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Les Routes de la Lavande : Haute-Provence and Verdon

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Map / Les Routes de la Lavande : Haute-Provence and Verdon
400 600 800 1000 1200 m km 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 160 180 Camping Forcalquier Charembeau Musée de l'Occitane en Provence Bachelas Bike Shop La Villa Borghèse Angelvin Lavandes La Ferme du Riou Terraroma Jaubert 27 ème Fête de la lavande Lothantique Hôtel La Bonne Etape Camping Sunêlia l'Hippocampe Camping du Moulin de Thoard La dalle aux ammonites 73ème Corso de la Lavande Camping du Bourg

From the Durance valley to the legendary plateau of Valensole, at the gates of Verdon ...
188.5 km
2:54 h
2023 m
1844 m
Welcome in the mecca of lavander !

To the east, discover the splendid castle of Aiguines and the Lac de Sainte-Croix, 2,200 hectares of turquoise waters.

In the distance to the heights, do not miss the beautiful village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, cradle of faience.

To the north finally, Digne-les-Bains offers thermal waters whose quality is known since the Middle Ages.

Author’s recommendation

The road is passable from April to November. Some areas in the plain can be visited all year round.

Outside the summer flowering period, spring (May, June) and autumn (September, October) are ideal, especially for photographers and discovery enthusiasts. And most offers are available to welcome you.

If you want to admire the lavender in bloom, the months of June and July are those to privilege. We invite you to consult the flowering periods according to the geographical sectors.

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Author
Loic Grateau
Updated: June 20, 2018

Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1003 m
Lowest point
292 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

Watch out for parking when you stop near a field. These beautiful roads can be very busy, park your vehicle in a suitable place.

Start

Forcalquier (555 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
43.959381, 5.780735
UTM
31T 723098 4871120

Destination

Castellane

Turn-by-turn directions

Between the Durance Valley and the plateau de Valensole,  this part of the itinerary gives pride of place to the open landscapes and emblems of Haute-Provence.

From Forcalquier, the route descends rapidly to Brillane and crosses the Durance towards Oraison. It then takes a small picturesque road on the left bank to reach Manosque, where you can spend some time in the footsteps of Giono ...

A small climb then to join the plateau de Valensole, true image of lavender and Provence ...

The rest of the section takes you to Puimoisson and then go down to the Asse valley and go up towards Mezel.

Then, we drive along the Haute-Provence railway (also called Pignes train) to cross the first lavender fields of the Digne-les-Bains country.

Arrived in the Bléone valley, in Aiglun, we propose you an escapade on the southern slope of the solid mass of Monges, towards the sector of Thoard where a producer awaits you to make you discover his production of organic lavender.

Then the descent towards Digne is passing by le pas de Bonnet before crossing the suburbs of the old capital of Lavender, where one can taste chocolates and biscuits with local products. 

A variant is possible by Entrevennes and Puimichel to join Aiglun.

The route then follows the Route Napoléon to Barrême, and its imposing distillery, whose brick chimney, now abandoned, could soon resume service.

Since Barrême, the road takes the Nationale 202 towards Saint André les Alpes, door of Haut-Verdon and high place of the production of fine lavender.

The road continues along the shores of lac de Castillon to join Castellane and its soap factory. From there, you can enjoy the charms of the famous Gorges du Verdon, or continue your journey to Grasse, to the origins of the lavender culture in Provence.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Distance
188.5 km
Duration
2:54 h
Ascent
2023 m
Descent
1844 m
In and out Scenic With refreshment stops Cultural/historical value Botanical highlights

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Highest point
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