Smell Provence’s famous lavender at the Corso de la Lavande

27th July, 2016
Throughout the summer, the region of Provence is home to several festivals, with every town or village having its own reason to celebrate. One of the best small and local festivals found in the entire region is the Corso de la Lavande, hosted in the town of Digne-les-Bains.

Held this year from August 5-9, the festival typically spans the first weekend in August, when the town demonstrates to the world why it has been heralded as the “Lavender Capital”. The festival dates back more than seventy years, and traditionally celebrates the harvest of the lavender, which has to be one of the town’s strongest exports.

During the event, which takes place over five days, the entire town is in celebration with a number of parades, firework displays and performances of dance. Among the highlights are the Tatoo des Lavandes, a huge formation of marching bands from all over Europe, which takes place at the Palais des Congres. The Corso de la Lavande, however, culminates in a huge parade, where elaborate floats and tales of folklore proceed through the streets, with a huge ball held afterwards.

With entertainment going on throughout the day and night, from music performances on street corners to jaw-dropping firework displays, there’s something going on to keep people of all ages happy. Located just a short distance from our villas in Provence, there’s no reason why you couldn’t make a visit to the Corso de la Lavande as one of your trips out for the day.

Image: Amanda Slater, available under Creative Commons