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The Area

The Pays de Forcalquier lies in the heart of Haute Provence, halfway between the Alps and the Mediterranean, between the Lure and Luberon mountains, and the Durance and Calavon rivers.  This is a land of contrasts, with a variety of very different landscapes and an exceptional wealth of wildlife, plants and heritage.

 

You can see details about our small town of Forcalquier and the surrounding area by clicking on this link:  Forcalquier

 

Things to see and do include:

Rambling:  500 km of marked trails can be explored on foot, on horseback and by mountain or hybrid bike. Follow a path winding through the garrigue and scrub-oak to discover a Romanesque chapel, a lavender field or a hilltop village, as well as the Lavender Route, the Via Domitia Roman way and the hill country described by the Provencal writer Giono.
Gastronomy and regional produce:  goats’ cheeses from Banon, olive oil from Lurs, herbal apéritifs from Forcalquier, local vineyards, the Bistros du Pays and restaurants and colourful Provençal markets – all reflections of the Provençal way of life. For details of local cookery classes, click on this link:  www.lesamisdelucullus.com

 

Hot-air ballooning

Local artists and craftspeople in their studios, cultural exhibitions, concerts.
Astronomy:  the Observatory of Haute-Provence at Saint Michel l’Observatoire offers tours, multimedia shows and evening sky-watching to discover the clearest skies in Europe.

 

Towns, villages and places of interest to visit in the immediate area include:  Forcalquier, Banon, Cruis, Dauphin, Fontienne, l'Hospitalet, Lurs, Saint Maime, Simiane la Rotonde, the Priories of Salagon and Ganagobie and the Lure mountains (highest point 1826 m)...   Further afield lie the pretty village of Roussillon with its ochres and the Lac St Croix and the Gorges du Verdon, where you can go canoeing, swimming or enjoy a leisurely ride on a pedalo in the spectacular canyon.