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Discover Manosque

Placed under the protection of Mont d'Or and its tower which dominate the city, Manosque flourishes in the Durance valley. Located a stone's throw from Aix en Provence, at the gates of the Luberon and Verdon regional parks, the one that was originally only a small rural town has become, with its 24,000 inhabitants, the most populated city of the Alpes de Haute Provence.

Millennium, it is the city where Jean Giono was born and lived all his life. The intertwined streets of the old town invite you to wander, between the small Provençal squares and their singing fountains. Once past the majestic Saunerie gate, all the richness of the medieval town is offered to visitors, with in particular the Saint Sauveur church or Notre dame de Romigier, a gem of Roman art.

Parties and entertainment

Since 1999, the Provençal city has been dusting off the genres of the literary festival with its Correspondances. Based on meeting and exchange, this annual event highlights living literature, favors crossbreeding and values young authors as well as great writers.

Literature gives way to music for a few days each summer. The Musiks festival in Manosque, unique in its kind, takes place in Drouille Park, on the old amphitheater transformed into a stage under the stars for the occasion. A plethora of artists with national and even international renown have succeeded them for over 30 years, to offer exceptional concerts, completely free.

To discover in Manosque

Emblematic of the city of Manosque, the company L’Occitane en Provence was born there. The factory, its shop and its sun-drenched harvest fields are visited throughout the year, allowing you to discover the history of its creams, perfumes and essential oils with scents of Provence.

House of Biodiversity, Carzou Foundation, plots and ramparts, oil mills with lavender fields, not to mention the famous apple trees which offer a delicious juice, the uniqueness, like the terroir, of Manosque will delight all passersby.

Provencal villages, markets, lakes, museums, castles, religious monuments, factory visits, spa towns, golf courses, viewpoints and other curiosities are waiting for you.

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Jean Giono's country

Manosque is the city of Jean Giono, so all year long, the artist's work is celebrated there. Follow in the footsteps of the famous writer, by visiting the Jean Giono Center with its temporary and permanent exhibitions on the writer's work, or by discovering Le Paraïs, the manosquin house of Jean Giono, to take a dip in the daily life of the writer. You will find there his table where the loose leaves of his work remain present and his thousands of books which decorate the walls of the house.
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The Luberon Regional Natural Park

Located in the heart of the Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur region, the Luberon Regional Natural Park is a preserved area of over 185,000 hectares. It is spread over 77 municipalities in the Vaucluse and the Alpes de Haute-Provence. The site, labeled Unseco, is also an important national natural reserve of geological heritage where many perfectly preserved fossils allow us to retrace history.
Manosque is one of the 4 most important cities in the Luberon. This protected area since 1997 can be discovered by bike, on foot or by car. You will be dazzled by the diversity of landscapes, by the exceptional flora and fauna. Aurore and Hervé know their region and will recommend the best outings for you.

The Verdon Regional Natural Park

Manosque is located at the gates of the Verdon regional natural park.

The Regional Natural Park of Verdon is a remarkable territory of 188,000 hectares which is extends over 46 municipalities in the departments of Alpes de Haute-Provence and Var. This site culminating at more than 1800 m of altitude was created in 1997 and allows to discover seven landscapes, all unique and characteristic, such as the Plateau de Valensole, the Basses gorges du Verdon and the Gorges du Verdon or the hills du Haut Var, the Lac de Sainte Croix and that of Esparron . It is in these blue-turquoise waters that you can do a lot of nautical activities for the whole family: pedal boat, canoe, swimming, etc.

The Valensole plateau

Erected at an altitude of 590 meters, the village of Valensole has given its name to the entire plateau. With the geometric alignment of the lavender plantations, the demarcation of the fields highlighted by almond trees, this landscape is striking! On more than 800 km² the town of Valensole and its plateau of almost 12,700 hectares is one of the largest towns in France! This vast territory is bounded to the north by Asse, to the south by Verdon, to the west by the Durance and ends in the east at the foothills of the Montdenier massif.
This plateau is one of the most important when it comes to growing lavender. Between mid-June and the end of July, it's a good time to discover the 10,000 hectares of fields with lovely colors and scents. All around, you will discover wonderful villages: Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, Gréoux-les-Bains, Quinson ect.

Forcalquier / The mountain of Lure /

Halfway between the Alps and the Mediterranean, between the mountains of Lure and Luberon, between the waters of the Durance and that of Calavon, Forcalquier forms the "magic square" of Haute Provence. A rich built heritage offers visitors: Romanesque churches, stone farms, shepherds' huts ... The ridges of Lure which fascinated Jean Giono from an early age, Forcalquier, Banon or Contadour, are all evocative and enchanting places .

A whole world of flavors and scents unfolds around local products, the most emblematic of which are Banon cheese, small spelled and aromatic and medicinal plants.

A superb Provençal market takes place every Monday morning.

L'AOP Pierrevert

In 1925, the Coteaux de Pierrevert wine and agricultural cooperative was created. From now on this Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée brings together all the wine production of the Alpes de Haute Provence. We present you the different areas : & nbsp ;