Alpes-de-Haute-Provence places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department of Provence. See also our detailed Alpes-de-Haute-Provence guide.

Alpes-de-Haute-Provence sightseeing and tourist information

photo of Annot


The small village of Annot is most unusual, being built around great boulders in the heart of the village [...]

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photo of Barcelonnette


Barcelonnette has an attractive town centre, and also a good number of substantial 'Mexican villas' adding characte [...]

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photo of Castellane


Close to the Gorges du Verdon, the pretty village at Castellane is dominated by the cliff in the centre of the vill [...]

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photo of Colmars-les-Alpes


In the mountain village of Colmars highlights include the Fort de Savoie and fortified medieval gateways [...]

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photo of Digne-les-Bains


As well as being a spa town, the medieval centre of Digne-les-Bains also merits exploration [...]

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photo of Entrevaux


The narrow medieval streets and the citadel on the hill above the village are among the highlights in Entrevaux [...]

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photo of Forcalquier


Less visited than the better known Luberon villages to the west, we particularly enjoyed the views from the chapel [...]

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photo of Gorges du Verdon

Gorges du Verdon

These gorges in northern Provence are one of the most impressive scenic highlights in France [...]

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photo of Greoux-les-Bains


The small spa town of Gréoux-les-Bains is well situated to explore the Lac d'Esparron and the lavender fields of t [...]

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photo of Lurs


Not far from Manosque, the village of Lurs is small but has a great deal of character [...]

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photo of Mane


The citadel above the village is the principal monument in the small Provencal village of Mane [...]

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photo of Manosque


Ensure that your trip to the bustling town of Manosque includes a stroll up Mont d'Or for views back across the tow [...]

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photo of Moustiers


It is the setting of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie below steep cliffs that help distinguish it from the other villages lis [...]

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photo of Oppedette


After a quick stroll around the tiny village of Simiane-la-Rotinde visit the Gorges d'Oppedette, a lovely local lan [...]

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photo of Riez


Make sure your trip around the village of Riez includes the baptistery, 5th century and one of the oldest in France [...]

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photo of Seyne-les-Alpes


In the mountain village of Seyne you can see various parts of the medieval defences that once stood here, and a pre [...]

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photo of Simiane-la-Rotonde


The medieval castle with its domed rotunda is just one of the sites of interest in Simiane-la-Rotonde [...]

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photo of Sisteron


The citadel is the main attraction in Sisteron, along with the dramatic rocky slope on which it is built [...]

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photo of Valensole


Valensole is surrounded by lavender fields, and the lavender industry is also seen in the products sold in the shop [...]

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photo of Vallee de l'Ubaye

Vallee de l'Ubaye

Starting near the Lac de Poncon, the Vallée de l'Ubaye is one of the scenic highlights in the Alps [...]

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For more information about the department see the detailed Alpes-de-Haute-Provence travel guide


Market towns & days in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

all markets in morning unless otherwise stated

Allos: Wednesday
Annot: Tuesday
Banon: Tuesday
Barcelonnette: Monday all day (high season only)
Barcelonnette: Wednesday & Saturday
Castellane: Saturday
Chateau-Arnoux-Saint-Auban: Sunday
Colmars: Friday & Tuesday (high season only)
Digne-les-Bains: Wednesday
Forcalquier: Monday
Greoux-les-Bains: Thursday
Les Mees: Friday
Manosque: Saturday
Montclar: Sunday (high season only)
Moustiers: Friday
Oraison: Tuesday
Riez: Wednesday & Saturday
Saint-Andre-les-Alpes: Wednesday & Saturday
Seyne: Tuesday & Friday
Sisteron: Wednesday & Saturday
Valensole: Saturday

Selected tourist attractions in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

Sites of Natural Beauty

Col d'Allos

Col de la Bonette

Col de la Cayolle

Lac d'Allos

Lac de Castillon

Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'

Clos de Villeneuve

Jardins du château de Sauvan

Jardins du prieuré de Salagon

Religious Monuments

Prieuré Notre Dame (Ganagobie)

Regional Natural Parcs


towns classified as Recommended Detours

Sisteron: Tourist guide

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Moustiers: Tourist guide

Grand Sites of France

Gorges du Verdon: Tourist guide