Visit Valensole (Provence, France)
Valensole is a small town situated to the east of Manosque in the south-west of the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department. It is a lovely traditional village of small Provencal houses set on a hill in very picturesque surroundings, above fields of lavender (the Valensole plateau is well known for its lavender) and almond and olive tree plantations.
As you stroll through the quiet narrow streets and alleys in the historic village, lined with medieval stone and pastel painted houses that occasionally open into small shady squares, you will come across numerous features of interest.
There are a variety of fountains (note in particular the decorative fountain in Place Thiers) and chapels, a traditional 17th century washhouse, sleepy dogs, shady cafe terraces to rest awhile, and lots of those small architectural details that give Provencal towns their unique charm.
Eventually at the top of the hill you reach the Church of Saint Denis that dominates the village. Originally built in the 11th century, the church has been modified several times over the centuries and a significant part dates from the 14th-16th centuries. Hence the church, with its typical Provencal campanile, has a roman style facade and a gothic choir. Inside the church look in particular at the stone carvings and capital stones and the 16th century stalls.
There is also of course the opportunity to buy products produced from the local lavender and truffles (another local speciality), and several art galleries.
Attractions in the vicinity
There is a great deal to enjoy in the surrounding region, with lovely scenery and the extensive lavender fields of the Valensole plateau to enjoy. The best time to visit and see lavender fields in flower is around the last week of June and the first half of July.
Photos taken within 10 km
Address: Valensole, Digne-les-Bains, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Provence, 4210 || GPS: latitude 43.838889, longitude 5.984444
Map of Valensole & places nearby
Highlights close by
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Valensole, France
- Clos de Villeneuve - remarkable garden
- Lac de Sainte-Croix - site of natural beauty (18km)
- Prieuré Notre Dame (Ganagobie) - religious monument (19km)
- Moustiers - most beautiful village (19km)
- Verdon - regional natural parc (20km)
- Jardins du prieuré de Salagon - remarkable garden (21km)
- Jardins du château de Sauvan - remarkable garden (21km)
- Gorges du Verdon - grand site of france (32km)
- Tourtour - most beautiful village (38km)
- Sisteron - recommended detour (39km)
Market days in Valensole: Regular market(s) are held in Valensole each Saturday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Valensole (Francais)