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Explore the best places for photography at Provence, France

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Ah, the French Riviera. There’s a reason that visitors have been coming here for generations. The French region of Provence is famous for both its sparkling Mediterranean beaches and the blossoming lavender fields in the countryside.

Provence is a large area of France with a storied past, bustling seaside cities, and small mountain villages. Read our guide below to discover the best places to snap a picture when visiting Provence, France.

The countryside and small villages of Provence are where photographers can capture some unique scenes. Travel bloggers fly in from across the world to see the lavender fields in full bloom.

The perfect rows of purple lavender reaching as far as the horizon are the best places for a photo around sunset. There are dozens of fields, but some particularly beautiful ones are Plateau de Valensole and Montbrun-les-Bains.

The Abbaye de Sénanque is a 12-century monastery surrounded by lavender fields. Near Saignon you find not only beautiful lavender but also sunflower fields. Gordes is a beautiful nearby village, with pretty stone houses climbing up the hillside.

Roussillon is a one-of-a-kind ochre-colored village perched on a hillside. Moustiers-Sainte-Marie is one of the prettiest villages in France. Part of a national park, the village’s pastel colors and limestone glow with a diffused pink at twilight.

The landscape photography in the countryside is out-of-this-world in Provence. Gorges Du Verdon (Verdon Gorge) is one of the most stunning river canyons in Europe. Le Colorado de Provence is a hiking area with beautiful desert scenery.

Travel tips for Provence

The lavender begins to bloom in June. Some areas boom later but by the end of the month, most should already be an explosion of purple. Some farmers start harvesting as early as mid-July so there is only a short span of a few weeks to guarantee your photos turn out.

It’s very important to be respectful when taking photos of the lavender fields. Every year, more people come and some misbehaving tourists have caused farmers to begin fencing off their flower fields.

If you visit during the summer or late spring, be prepared to rub elbows with many others. The secret is already out about Provence and it gets very busy. Renting a car is the best way to get to the pretty mountainside villages and lavender fields, but buses can be taken as well.

Provence is located in France, a country with 1577 photo spots that you might want to have a look at as well to find even more beautiful places for your next trip.

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