Colours of the Provence France

As soon as we arrived in the South of France, we started looking for fields of lavender and sunflower. Unfortunately, it was too late in the season and the sunflowers were dry and dead and the lavender had been harvested. I looked at my boyfriend and we sighed. If only we could ever go back again to the South of France to see the lavender bloom and the sunflower fields… Flash forward a few years and off we went this summer. We jumped on a plane to Nice, rented a little car and drove to the hearth of the Luberon region in France to find the lavender and sunflowers. But we also found a few different colours of the Provence. I present to you: white, red, purple and yellow!

The Provence in the South of France is an inspiration and famous for the iconic colours of the Provence. I present to you: white, red, purple and yellow

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White in the Provence

As we left the rental’s parking garage, we had to type something into our navigation to get us on route. I flipped open my Lonely Planet Guidebook of the Provence and we settled for the lovely village of Gordes. Named as one of the most picturesque villages of France, this must be our winner! As soon as we manoeuvred our car along the winding roads around the town, we recognised why the French call Gordes this way. Set atop a cliff, overlooking the valleys, this little hamlet is a true French beauty. The chalk white houses formed a stark contrast on this bright sunny day at the end of July.

The Provence in the South of France is an inspiration and famous for the iconic colours of the Provence. I present to you: white, red, purple and yellow
One of the most beautiful villages of France: Gordes

We parked the car and walked to a lookout point with the best views of Gordes. It looked like the houses were stacked on top of each other, one started where the other ended, all with white walls and green gardens.

The Provence in the South of France is an inspiration and famous for the iconic colours of the Provence. I present to you: white, red, purple and yellow
Looking for the purple lavender fields in the Provence
The Provence in the South of France is an inspiration and famous for the iconic colours of the Provence. I present to you: white, red, purple and yellow
Enjoying the view of Gordes

Ochre Red in the Provence

After a full day of driving around in the Luberon, trying to find the purple lavender fields, we decided to head to our hotel, take a dip in the pool and relax a bit. As soon as we drove up to the town of Roussillon, we knew we would not get any relaxation time soon. This city is made out of deep red ochre clay, forming a stark contrast with the almost blue trees nesting at the base of the village.

The people of Roussillon built their houses with the red iron oxidised clay and there is even a path meandering through the old ochre mine. As it was too hot and we really wanted some pool time, we skipped the trail but it looks so impressive me might go back one day. Check for more info on the Ocre Trails.

Do you want to stay in the heart of the Luberon? Then check out my hotel in Roussillon.

The Provence in the South of France is an inspiration and famous for the iconic colours of the Provence. I present to you: white, red, purple and yellow
The deep ochre colour of Roussillon
The Provence in the South of France is an inspiration and famous for the iconic colours of the Provence. I present to you: white, red, purple and yellow
The red town hall of Roussillon

Purple in the Provence

It took us almost a whole day to find some lavender fields still in bloom but as we headed into the mountains towards Sault, we finally found the fields of flowering lavender. What a sight! Nothing but lanes of purple, violet and lilac coloured lavender! This was what we came for and it was spectacular.

The bees were buzzing around the plants, the air was thick of heat and lavender scent and nothing but purple fields until the horizon.

The Provence in the South of France is an inspiration and famous for the iconic colours of the Provence. I present to you: white, red, purple and yellow
Lovely lavender panorama

On the second day of our trip, we headed further north to find more fields of these lovely flowers. As we were quite high in elevation, we managed to find some patches of lavender that had not been harvested yet. We drove north of Sault to Aurel where we had a lovely view of the village and the lavender fields surround it.

The Provence in the South of France is an inspiration and famous for the iconic colours of the Provence. I present to you: white, red, purple and yellow
Dance like nobody’s watching!
The Provence in the South of France is an inspiration and famous for the iconic colours of the Provence. I present to you: white, red, purple and yellow
Lovin’ the sea of purple!

Yellow in the Provence

But with 2 days of driving, we still didn’t see any sunflower fields. As a little kid, going on a family holiday to France means driving alongside endless fields of sunflowers. But on this trip we hadn’t seen any yet. The receptionist of our hotel explained that the farmers get subsidised from the EU to grow wheat therefor growing sunflowers is not lucrative enough. Story of my life. I was happy to see the purple of the Provence so I tried to ignore the disappointment of not seeing the bright yellow sunflowers in the Provence.

The Provence in the South of France is an inspiration and famous for the iconic colours of the Provence. I present to you: white, red, purple and yellow
Finally: YELLOW!
The Provence in the South of France is an inspiration and famous for the iconic colours of the Provence. I present to you: white, red, purple and yellow
I matched my outfit for the day!

Can you imagine my surprise as we turned a corner at the end of our weekend and saw nothing but yellow fields in front of us. As two kids hyped on sugar, we jolted from the car and ran towards the sunflower fields. We must have looked like complete idiots but we cares!

Amazing colours of the Provence, France

Although our weekend was quick and super short, we managed to drive nearly 750 km in the Provence. Mainly in the Luberon area to find the different colours of the Provence and she did not disappoint. We saw the amazing white, red, purple and yellow that are so iconic of the Provence. Mission accomplished!

The Provence in the South of France is an inspiration and famous for the iconic colours of the Provence. I present to you: white, red, purple and yellow
Sunset and lavender: a perfect evening in the Provence
The Provence in the South of France is an inspiration and famous for the iconic colours of the Provence. I present to you: white, red, purple and yellow
View point with nothing but purple and green

Have you ever seen the lavender bloom? Where was it? And what is the favourite colours of the Provence for you? Share it in the comment section below!

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The Provence in the South of France is an inspiration and famous for the iconic colours of the Provence. I present to you: white, red, purple and yellow
The amazing colours of red rocks around Roussillon
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The Provence in the South of France is an inspiration and famous for the iconic colours of the Provence. I present to you: white, red, purple and yellow
Lovely sunflowers in the Provence

16 Comments

  1. Provence looks so beautiful! I’ve never been to the south coast of France, but I am hoping to spend about 6 months living in Nice to work on becoming fluent in French. I can’t wait to take some trips into Provence!

  2. Wow. Amazing pictures. Never thought it was that colorful. Just looking at the pictures of the lavender fields makes me imagine the beautiful smell it must have. France is so near to my place. Next summer I should definitely go! Thank you for taking these wonderful pictures and sharing this. 🙂

  3. OMG your pictures a stunning. I have never been to France although I have family over there. It´s a pity. I definitely have to visit them as soon as possible. I do love the lavender fields. Thanks for sharing.

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