The Valensole Plateau
The Plateau de Valensole is an unmissable destination for nature lovers, located just a few kilometers from Forcalquier. This region is famous for its vast lavender fields as far as the eye can see, which offer a breathtaking spectacle in summer. Visitors can enjoy the beauty of nature by walking or cycling, while discovering the many villages.
Gorges du Verdon
The Gorges du Verdon and the Lac de Sainte-Croix are a popular destination. The landscape is spectacular with its steep cliffs, crystal clear waters and sandy beaches. Visitors can practice many activities, such as swimming, hiking, canoeing or even paragliding. The Gorges du Verdon are a true natural gem.
Le Colorado Provençal
The Colorado Provençal is a unique natural site. The rock formations of this old ocher quarry offer surreal landscapes, with brightly colored cliffs. Visitors can stroll through the hiking trails. Colorado Provençal is a must-see destination for nature lovers and photographers.
Sisteron, located about 30 kilometers away, is a medieval town which offers breathtaking views of the mountains. The city is famous for its citadel dating from the 13th century and its imposing rock. Visitors can explore the narrow streets and colorful houses of the historic center, as well as the local crafts shops and regional products.
Located about an hour away, Apt is a medieval town perched on a hill. The center's winding streets are home to historic buildings, such as Sainte-Anne Cathedral and Apt Castle. The town is also known for its Provençal market, which is held every Saturday morning and offers a wide variety of local products.
The villages are so many gems not to be missed. Cheese lovers will be delighted to discover Banon, famous for its cheese, while history buffs will explore the medieval fortifications of Lurs. Finally, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie is renowned for its artisanal earthenware and its enchanting setting. Don't miss Mano with the Château de Sauvan and the Priory of Salagon.
For families, the Oraison leisure center offers activities for all ages: supervised swimming in summer, playgrounds, pétanque and beach volleyball courts, rental of pedal boats and canoes. At Saint-Michel-l'Observatoire, at the planetarium, you will discover the secrets of astronomy through 360-degree projections and animations. Sky observation evenings are offered.
Domaine Bellavigne is surrounded by hiking trails and mountain bike trails offering magnificent countryside landscapes. Nature lovers will be able to take the marked trails leading to the Montagne de Lure, the Mont Ventoux, or the Luberon. Mountain bike circuits are also available for the more sporty, with routes suitable for all levels.
Provence is known for its colorful and lively markets, where visitors can discover local products such as seasonal fruits and vegetables, cheeses, wines and olives. Discover the Forcalquier market on Monday morning, the Apt market on Saturday morning, or the Manosque craft market on Sunday morning.