The Route Jean Giono is a literary and tourist road around the Montagne de Lure, the mythical mountain in the life and work of one of the greatest writers of the 20th century: local author Jean Giono.
The author roamed its slopes many times, on foot or by bike, organised a number of stays and located part of his novels (6 of them) there. It was also the setting for two films, one of which was the famous Crésus with Fernandel.
For Giono, it is the “free, new mountain which has only just emerged from the deluge”, the Olympia of his Provence which has managed to keep its “true wealth”.
This 152-km itinerary follows off the beaten track departmental roads and can be done by car, by bike or motorbike across part of the Alpes de Haute Provence, the Vaucluse and the Drôme.
Along this tourist and literary trip, visitors discover listed picturesque villages which are often perched on promontories and the most magnificent landscapes – the “Haut-Pays” described by the author.
Livre Marcher un livre à la main (Walking with a book in hand)
To help you understand the soul of this “Haut-Pays”, there are 18 literary sites along this Route Jean Giono. They are presented in a precise guide book: the Guide de la Route Jean Giono.
In addition to these sites, there are 14 starting points for literary walks. These literary walks are described in the book: Marcher un livre à la main – Tome 2, la montagne de Lure – balades littéraires à la rencontre de Jean Giono.
Jean-Louis Carribou’s book, with photographs by François Xavier Emery enables you to go deeper into the heart of the Montagne de Lure on small walks or bike rides, and even in winter on snowshoes.
Map of the Route Jean Giono