Lavender Shopping in Le Castellet Village

Le Castellet is a medieval village perched high above autoroute A50, and about 45 minutes north of Aix-en-Provence.  We visit this beautiful town often, not only for it’s proximity to the vineyards of Bandol but also because it’s an undeniably “picture-perfect” Provençal village.

Many a Frenchman (& woman) rave about this enchanting spot, and this usually sleepy hill-town is packed during the summer months – French tourists, English expats, and even the odd Royal Caribbean cruise-group make the wobbly ascent up its narrow village roads.  We’ve witnessed a few of the tour-bus maneuvers…not for the faint of heart.

lavender soap

And one of the things that keeps the crowds coming back is the number of chic boutiques, art galleries, & Provençal shops that line its streets.

One of my favorite shops is Le Comptoir des Lavandes.  Although I’ll confess I’d love to blow a week’s salary on their purple-treasures, I can’t help but leave with at least a few soaps or a lavender sache.

lavender shopping

And have I mentioned yet that this place smells incredible? Talk about soothing.  The owner has also done a great job with the outside displays; creating quite the illusion of the lavender-filled Provence we all dream of… Well, at least me & the dozen or so tourists with our faces pressed to the windows.

I’ll be writing more about Le Castellet in future posts & also about one of its other not-so-hidden treasures:  a delicious crêperie taken straight off the shores of Brittany.  A très bientôt!

Le Comptoir des Lavandes
5 Rue de l’Eglise
83330 Le Castellet

18 thoughts on “Lavender Shopping in Le Castellet Village”

  1. I will have to add Le Castellet to my list of villages to visit on our fall visit to Sablet. I have not been to Bandol and I have wanted to go there to do some wine tasting and buying; so maybe we can combine the two into one visit.


    1. Good idea Michel, the Bandol wine estates are simply gorgeous. You’ll have to visit Bunan and also Le Galantin – two of our favorites for Bandol. Thanks for your comment!


  2. Sadly (for me, but happily for my wallet) we don’t have a car yet so I’m travelling a little vicariously through you. I will add this to my places to visit. Like you, I am crazy about lavender!


    1. Glad you’re getting a bit of “vicarious” traveling in Tanya – this is a really fun stop if you find yourself heading to Aix. And there are even a few more lavender shops in Le Castellet – not to mention the clothes boutiques!


  3. I just love these little villages you’ve been taking us to through your posts. Can’t wait to read more about Le Castellet. Also, I just noticed the long list of Provence festivals for September on your sidebar. Another great piece of information. I’ll be looking forward to the October list!


    1. There are so many great villages that are a bit “off-the-beaten-track” here & a few that don’t even make it into the guidebooks. Part of what I love about this area – never know what little “gem” you might find. Looking forward to October as well, Kathy!


  4. Come back soon Kenya – we miss you & we still have so much of Provence to explore together. And of course another trip to Le Castellet is in order!


    1. That’s funny Corinne, I brought my friend in Italy a lavender body wash and she kept it for a year – said it relaxed her so much she couldn’t bare to finish it. You’ll have to visit us here and come to this shop 🙂


      1. Beautiful! Thanks for the wonderful article, cant wait to visit! Just so you can tweak this, in the beginning of the article it says that the town is North of Aix.


  5. Thank you for this article! Very useful as always! I want to see the lavender fields in late June this summer. I am wondering if there is any of them closer to Marseilles than Aux-De-Provence is? Or something on the way from Avalon to Marseilles. I was looking more like a quick stop for pictures, but a nice lavender boutique wouldn’t hurt, right :)? Thanks again!

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