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Wild landscapes, cultural spaces or tourist routes everyone can discover our beautiful region as they wish. Do not forget that we are at your disposal to help you prepare your excursions and allow you to fully enjoy your outings.

The Geological Natural Reserve of Haute-Provence

The largest in Europe

Created in 1984 by decree, the Haute-Provence geological reserve extends over an area of ​​200,000 hectares between the Alpes de Haute-Provence and the Var.

It concerns the Digne cart ply, the Castellane pleated arch, the Digne-Valensole basin and Var links in Provence. It protects and enhances geological sites, fossils in place, landscapes with folded and fractured layers. (Read the rest of the article)

Protection is based on two scales of limits. On the one hand, a set of 18 geological sites on which the extraction and collection of any fossil form are prohibited.

On the other hand, a vast protection zone extended over 59 municipalities where the extraction of fossils is prohibited and the collection of naturally-occurring forms is tolerated, if it is practiced in limited quantities. Among the geotopes highlighted, we can cite the ammonite slab of the Isnards at Digne, the ichthyosaur fossil sites of La Robine or the Siren site of the Tabori ravine at Taulanne.

Sisteron & the Durance valley

Sisteron, perle de la Haute Provence

"Here ends a country, another begins! "

“Sisteron, pearl of Haute Provence” is a must and a privileged stopover between the high mountains and the sea.

A link between Provence and Dauphiné, the Durance, an impetuous river, courageously pierces “the majestic clue” of the Rocher de la Baume with vertical strata of limestone, renowned throughout the world and considered by geologists as a real curiosity, to come and bathe tirelessly the ramparts of the old town.

The city offers a maze of stairs and small vaulted streets baptized “andrônes”, naturally following its so picturesque layering, to reach the haughtiness Citadel, which Henry IV liked to say that it was “the most powerful stronghold of his kingdom ”.

A jewel in the architectural heritage, the Citadel (M.H.) is made up of a vast collection of military works from various eras. Serving as a backdrop to the green theater, it hosts each summer a prestigious cultural event, the “Nuits de la Citadelle”, the first and oldest festival in Provence which was created by Marcel Provence in 1928. Music, theater, dance come as so many graces to enchant its walls. Walls which allow themselves to be guessed by the centuries-old presence of their towers, saved by the visit of Prosper Mérimée, and the only remains of the urban wall built around 1370.

Not far from the Medisance Tower, the Notre Dame and Saint Thyrse Cathedral (12th century, classified as a historic monument), a major building of Provençal Roman Art, displays its solemn presence.

Dignes les Bains & the 3 valleys

Sisteron, pearl of Haute Provence

Capital of the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department, stopover on the Napoleon road, spa and climatic resort, and capital of lavender, the city of Digne-les-Bains has many advantages! Its historic center, dominated by the hillock of Saint-Jérôme cathedral, has a picturesque character, with its pedestrian streets and its Saint-Charles climb. In addition to this walk, discover the essential Gassendi museum.

the thermal baths
of Digne-les-Bains

Specialized in the treatment of the respiratory tract and rheumatology, the thermal baths of Digne-les-Bains, located in the north of the city, offer, in addition to thermal cures, stays of fitness and well-being treatments. Notice to relaxation lovers!

Corso
de la Lavande

In terms of festivities, Digne-les-Bains hosts every year, at the beginning of August, the Corso de la Lavande, a five-day celebration dedicated to the famous Provencal flower, with parades of flowery floats, farmers’ market, shows, concerts, balls and fires fireworks.
South
The Asse Valley In this Provençal part of the Pays Dignois, lavender and olive trees are very present. Hiking enthusiasts can explore the wild and lush surroundings of the Trévans gorges or, from Majastres, the Chiran massif (1,905 m).
West

The Duyes & Bléone Valleys
The Valleys of Duyes and Bléone form the most agricultural part of the Pays Dignois. Here, cultivation and distillation of fine lavender and lavandin perpetuate our traditions around the emblem of Haute-Provence.

To North-east

Haute-Bléone and Bès
The Haute-Bléone valley is the most mountainous area in the Pays Dignois. There are many outdoor activities here: hiking, mountain biking, Via Ferrata, climbing, canyoning …

The Estrop massif, culminating at almost 3,000 m, offers hikers spectacular landscapes and a well-deserved stop: the Estrop refuge.

The Estrop massif, culminating at nearly 3,000 m, offers hikers spectacular landscapes and a well-deserved stop: the refuge de l’Estrop.