If you're looking for beautiful lavender fields then look no further than the Pays Valensole (Valensole Plains). This is one of the best regions to experience the loveliness of lavender, while enjoying the picturesque French countryside.

Valensole, which literally translated means valley of the sun, receives up to 300 days of sunshine each year. The town's historic center features winding medieval streets and alleys, along with chapels, fountains and more that invite you to stay and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. But don't forget the lavender fields in this area. They're some of the best in the region.

This destination is truly picture-perfect: we recommend hiring a photographer for a day to capture the memories of this visit.

Best time to visit: from mid-June to mid-August, with the peak season about the last week of June and into July in the Pays Valensole region.