Haute-Provence has a quality lavender crop. « True lavender » also known as « fine lavender » which used to grow wild, is now harvested and has had its AOC: « Essential oil of lavender of Haute-Provence » since 1981. The country There are a great number of varieties due to the morphological variations of the territory and the history of […]

Touristic roads

Discover the Alpes de Haute-Provence along these touristic roads: from the most emblematic Route Napoléon that the emperor took on his return from the island of Elba via Castellane, Barrême, Digne-les-Bains, Malijai and Sisteron, to the most sweet-smelling Routes de la lavande which enable the visitor to discover the properties of lavender, a magical plant […]


« This is a story of torrents, forests, pastures and everything linked to them, that is to say, sawmills, breeding, sheepfolds, cheese making, long winter evenings, men who speak slowly, eagles, marmots, chamois […]. This is the story the mountain has to tell. » (Jean Giono) Here the Alps are lucky enough to be southern, […]

Haute-Provence Luberon

Haute-Provence Luberon, a sweeping view from the Alps to the Mediterranean, taking you through age-old towns such as Forcalquier, Digne-les-Bains, Manosque or Sisteron with their sun-baked stones, nestled in the waves of fields of wheat or lavender, and garrigues fashioned by the colours and fragrance of a thousand sweet-smelling plants. Further North, spectacular cliffs wage […]


The day dawns on the fantastic chasm of the Gorges du Verdon, and the emerald-green river winding along the bottom, as vultures glide by in the sky. Towns of character such as Riez-la-Romaine, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, Castellane, Entrevaux or Annot unfold on the hills covered with oaks, vineyards and orchards. Five dams reflect this beauty in their […]

UNESCO Geoparc of Haute-Provence

A transition between the Alps and Provence, the UNESCO Geoparc of Haute-Provence, which is the biggest in Europe, is characterized by a diversity of exceptional landscapes where the time of man and the time of earth can be seen side by side on a surface of 2300 km2 and 59 communes. The UNESCO Geoparc of […]


The sites and museums in the Alpes de Haute-Provence offer a very recreational approach to the history of the Earth, the Universe, the stars and the time of Man, from Prehistoric times to nowadays. The museums are perfectly integrated into the landscape and closely linked to local life, houses of character, museums, eco-museums and other […]

Villages and cities of character

Twelve of our villages have obtained the label « Villages et cités de caractère », Villages and cities of character, as they are all blessed with a remarkable architectural heritage and have a population of under 2 000. To be approved « Villages and cities of character », the villages must make constant efforts regarding: – Reception: restaurants with […]

Thermal resort – Recharge your batteries

Come and « take the waters », a charming habit which dates back to the beginning of 20th century and which is still very much in fashion. Two of the three thermal resorts in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur region are located in the Alpes de Haute-Provence. Thermal resorts are in Digne-les-Bains and Gréoux-les-Bains. Their spa establishments have a […]

Famous people

Some famous people in Alpes de Haute-Provence Pierre Gassendi, philosopher and freethinker. Pierre Gassendi was born in Champtercier in 1592 and died in Paris in 1655. A philosopher, astronomer and mathematician, he was also priest and provost of the Digne-les-Bains chapter. As a freethinker, he supported the cause of Galileo and published a number of […]