« There is something about Provence that I can’t quite understand. It has a way of enveloping you, of transporting you from the everyday and it makes you feel as if you are living life in slow motion. The rest of the world disappears when I am in Provence… not an intentional decision, but one that just happens. I try and rationalize these feelings… Is it the beauty and the country way of life? Is it that I feel as if I am on holiday? I don’t think so… It’s more than that… Provence has a magic, a special power, an unknown quantity that seeps into every part of my being and seduces in the best possible way. It happens time and time again… »
On foot : 50 marked hiking trails for short excursions, 5 trails for longer hikes
On horseback : 250km of equestrian trails
By mountain biking : 200km of marked terrain
By bicycling : 2 marked cycling routes (78km and 236km)
By hot air balloon sailing out of Forcalquier
… and beautiful to explore are the Lure Mountains (la montagne de Lure), the ancient geological site of the Mourres near Forcalquier, the gorges of Oppedette, the rock formations known as the Penitents of Mées (les rochers des pénitents des Mées), the gorges of Verdon…
Above all, don’t forget to visit : The Observatory of Haute-Provence and the Centre of Astronomy (l’Observatoire de Haute-Provence et le Centre d’Astronomie), both situated at Saint-Michel l’Observatoire.
The city of Forcalquier, the ancient capital of the mediaeval County of Forcalquier.
The many « villages and cities of character », including Cruis, Dauphin, Lurs, Mane, Simiane-la-Rotonde, and a little further afield, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie.
The town of Manosque and the Jean Giono Centre: a cultural space celebrating the life and work of this beloved French writer.
The Priory of Salagon, housing an ethnological museum and ethnobotanic gardens; the Prioires of Carluc and Ganagobie.
The château of Sauvan, known as the « petit Trianon de Provence » owing to its resemblance to the Petit Trianon château located at the Palace of Versailles.
And so many other beautiful villages, places and landscapes to discover at each bend in the road...
The Lavender Routes : starting from Forcalquier, or on the Plateau of Valensole.
The multicoloured ochre rocks (le massif des ocres) found in Luberon and Colorado Provençal, towards Apt.
The European University of Flavours and Scents (l’Université européenne des saveurs et des senteurs) at Forcalquier.
The village of Banon, known for its famous goat cheese and for its incredible bookshop « Le Bleuet ».
The AOC olive oil of Haute-Provence and the L’Olivier Ecomuseum at Volx.
Chestnuts, small spelt or einkorn wheat, truffles and many other delicious specialties of Haute-Provence…