The Valensole Plateau
The Plateau de Valensole is an essential destination for nature lovers, located just a few kilometers from Forcalquier. This region is famous for its vast fields of lavender 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 fine sandy beaches. Visitors can practice many activities, such as swimming, hiking, canoeing or paragliding. The Gorges du Verdon are a real natural gem.
The Colorado Provençal is a unique natural site. The rock formations of this former ocher quarry offer surreal landscapes, with brightly colored cliffs. Visitors can walk through the hiking trails. The Colorado Provençal is an essential destination for nature lovers and photographers.
Sisteron, located about 30 kilometers away, is a medieval town that 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 shops selling local crafts and regional products.
About an hour away, Apt is a medieval city perched on a hill. The winding streets in the center are home to historic buildings, such as Sainte-Anne Cathedral and the Château d'Apt. 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. Do not miss Mano with the Château de Sauvan and the Prieuré de Salagon.
As a family, the Oraison leisure center offers activities for all ages: supervised swimming in summer, playgrounds, pétanque and beach volleyball courts, pedal boat and canoe hire. 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 and mountain biking trails offering magnificent countryside views. Nature lovers will be able to take the marked trails leading to the Montagne de Lure, Mont Ventoux, or even the Luberon. Mountain bike circuits are also available for the more athletic, with routes suitable for all levels.
Provence is known for its colorful and bustling markets, where visitors can discover local produce 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 craft market in Manosque on Sunday morning.