Discover Manosque and its region
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Placed under the protection of Mont d’Or and its tower which dominates the city, Manosque flourishes in the Durance valley. Located not far from Aix en Provence, at the gates of the Luberon and Verdon regional parks, what was originally just 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 around, between the small Provençal squares and their singing fountains. Once past the majestic Porte Saunerie, all the richness of the medieval town is offered to visitors, with in particular the church of Saint Sauveur or Notre Dame de Romigier, a little jewel of Romanesque art.
Parties and events
Since 1999, the Provencal city has dusted off the genres of the literary festival with its Correspondances. Based on encounters and exchanges, this annual event highlights a living literature, favors cross-fertilization and promotes both young authors and great writers.
Literature gives way to music, for a few days each summer. One of a kind, the Musiks festival in Manosque is taking place in the Parc de Drouille, on the old amphitheater transformed into a stage under the stars for the occasion. A host of artists of national and even international renown have been performing there for more than 30 years, to offer exceptional concerts, completely free of charge.
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 harvest fields bathed in sunshine can be visited throughout the year to discover the history of its creams, perfumes and essential oils with the scents of Provence.
House of Biodiversity, Carzou Foundation, squares and ramparts, oil mills with lavender fields, not to mention the famous apple trees that offer delicious juice, the uniqueness, like the terroir, of Manosque will delight all passers-by.
Provençal villages, markets, lakes, museums, castles, religious monuments, factory visits, spa towns, golf courses, viewpoints and other curiosities are waiting for you.
Manosque and its surroundings ...
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Manosque markets on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.
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The Valensole plateau
Erected at an altitude of 590 meters, the village of Valensole gave its name to the entire plateau.
With the geometric alignment of lavandin plantations and the delimitation of the fields underlined almond trees, this landscape is breathtakingly beautiful!
Over more than 800 km², the municipality of Valensole and its plateau of nearly 12,700 hectares is one of the largest municipalities in France! This vast territory is delimited to the north by Asse, to the south by the Verdon, to the west by the Durance and ends in the east on the foothills of the Montdenier massif.
This plateau is one of the most important when it comes to the cultivation of lavender.
Between mid-June and the end of July , it is the opportune moment to discover the 10,000 hectares of fields with delightful colors and scents.
It is also the busiest period at the hotel, so don't forget to book early enough if you want to enjoy this exceptional spectacle.
All around you will also discover wonderful Provençal villages such as: Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, Gréoux-les-Bains, Quinson ect.
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 covers 46 municipalities in the departments of Alpes de Haute-Provence and Var. This site culminating at an altitude of more than 1800 m was created in 1997 and allows you to discover seven landscapes, all unique and characteristic, such as the village of Moustier Ste Marie, the Plateau de Valensole, the Basses Gorges du Verdon and the Gorges du Verdon or the hills of the Haut Var, the lake of Sainte Croix and that of Esparron. It is in these blue-turquoise waters that you can do a whole host of nautical activities for the whole family: pedalo, canoe, swimming, etc.
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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.
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.
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 ;
- La Blaque
- La Madeleine
- Château Saint Jean Lez Durance
- Petra Viridis
Gourmet Haute Provence
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L'Occitane in Provence
The company l'Occitane a> has been distributing the perfumes of Provence throughout the world since 1976. All year round, visit the factory, the shop and the fields of crops bathed in light, called the “Mediterranean Garden”. For a dip in Provençal culture, discover these three emblematic places of Manosque a >.