On the southern slope of the Mont Ventoux, Aroma Plantes farm and organic distillery never fails to delight with their brand-new ways to discover lavender from every angle. As well as the discovery trails, the Aromatic Bar and a range of interactive workshops, they have just this year introduced a “Galerie du Temps” (Gallery Through Time).
The Lincelé family at the Lavender Museum has plenty of ideas for interesting and fun new ways of enjoying the emblematic flower of Provence. This year, visiting groups can take part in hands-on sensory workshops and take home their own fragranced watercolour, or a lavender sachet they’ve made themselves to inject a bit of Provençal freshness into their linen cupboards!
There’s no mystery about it – the reason the Lavender Museum has become a Provence must-see is that it offers visitors something new every year, and we can only congratulate it! This year there are themed activities, such as the gourmet trail giving visitors the chance to finally taste the lavender (yes, really!) and a ‘tour for the nose’ giving an unforgettable sensory experience. And there’s more!
This project has been a work in progress for the past 2 years and has just opened. Its 5 ancient dry-stone wall terraces contain different types of plant: aromatic, medicinal, wild, magical… all with a stunning view over the village of Ménerbes up to the Monts de Vaucluse, encompassing the Luberon plain and Mont Ventoux. The Citadelle is already known for its ultra-modern wine-tasting cellar with a vaulted ceiling, lined with barrels and casks, the quirky Musée du Tire-Bouchon and its light-filled boutique. Now, you can also wander through the garden.
Stroll through Gordes with a guide, visit a melon farm in Cavaillon, find out about the Vaudois’ tragic destiny in South Luberon, learn the story of the ‘Pope’s Jews’, or take in the Mediterranean flora and fauna on the borders of the Durance River with a naturalist bird-loving guide. The Luberon-Monts de Vaucluse Tourist Information Office lays on themed tours all year round for individuals and groups. A great way of getting to know this famous mountain and Nature Park better.
Some places are quite simply unique. The Palais St. Firmin, in the centre of Gordes, in Luberon, stands over a complex carved out in the rock, listed as a Historic Monument. These cellars, on several levels, are an underground mirror image of the village dating from the Middle Ages and were essentially dedicated to the manufacture of olive oil. You can visit the place, including –on request- the terraced gardens, with the owner, or you can hire the entire place to organise a cocktail party.