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Saint-Michel-l'Observatoire tourism and travel guide

Photo of Saint-Michel-l'Observatoire in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Photo is of Mane at 5 km from Saint-Michel-l'Observatoire

Visit Saint-Michel-l'Observatoire: highlights and tourist information

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Saint-Michel-l'Observatoire is situated in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region.

Popular places to visit nearby include Mane at 5 km and Forcalquier at 8 km. For more sites to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

Saint-Michel-l'Observatoire, France: places to visit and attractions

Some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Saint-Michel-l'Observatoire in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!



at 5 km (direction east-north-east)

The citadel above the village is the principal monument in the...

See Mane guide


at 8 km (direction north-east)

Forcalquier is a pleasant Luberon town with several interesting historic monuments...

See Forcalquier guide


at 10 km (direction south-east)

Ensure that your trip to the bustling town of...

See Manosque guide


at 11 km (direction west-north-west)

After a stroll around the historic village of Oppedette you can visit...

See Oppedette guide
Gorges d'Oppedette

Gorges d'Oppedette

Scenery at 11 km (direction west)

The Gorges d'Oppedette are picturesque gorges in provence, accessible by several hiking...

See Gorges d'Oppedette guide


at 15 km (direction west-north-west)

The medieval castle with its domed rotunda is just one...

See Simiane-la-Rotonde guide


at 15 km (direction east-north-east)

The village of Lurs is small but has a great...

See Lurs guide


at 21 km (direction south-east)

The small spa town of Gréoux-les-Bains is well situated to...

See Greoux-les-Bains guide


at 23 km (direction east-south-east)

Valensole is surrounded by lavender fields, and the lavender industry...

See Valensole guide


at 26 km (direction west), in the Vaucluse department

Less touristy than many Provence towns, the highlight in Apt is the...

See Apt guide


at 27 km (direction west-south-west), in the Vaucluse department

Enter Cucuron through one of its medieval gateways to discover a picturesque...

See Cucuron guide


at 27 km (direction west), in the Vaucluse department

It is true that Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt is larger and less visited...

See Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt guide


Most Beautiful Village at 28 km (direction west-south-west), in the Vaucluse department

The quaint medieval centre, the castle and the views from Ansouis...

See Ansouis guide
Extraordinary Museum of Georges Mazoyer

Extraordinary Museum of Georges Mazoyer

Museum at 28 km (direction west-south-west), in the Vaucluse department

Museum featuring an eclectic collection of objects discovered in the ocean...

See Extraordinary Museum of Georges Mazoyer guide

... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Map of places to visit near Saint-Michel-l'Observatoire


Markets in and near Saint-Michel-l'Observatoire

  • Forcalquier: market Monday (7km)
  • Manosque: market Saturday (10km)
  • Oraison: market Tuesday (16km)
  • Banon: market Tuesday (16km)
  • Greoux-les-Bains: market Thursday (21km)
  • Saint-Martin-de-la-Brasque: market Sunday (21km)
  • Valensole: market Saturday (23km)
  • La Tour-d'Aigues: market Tuesday (24km)
  • Les Mees: market Friday (25km)
  • Apt: market Saturday (26km)

More information about Saint-Michel-l'Observatoire, Provence

Tourist attractions near Saint-Michel-l'Observatoire, France

What to do at Saint-Michel-l'Observatoire? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Saint-Michel-l'Observatoire.

Grand sites of France

  • Montagne Sainte-Victoire (41km)
  • Mont Ventoux (46km)

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

Churches and religious monuments

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardins du château de Sauvan (5km)
  • Jardins du prieuré de Salagon (5km)
  • Clos de Villeneuve (23km)
  • Jardin à la française du Pavillon de Galon (27km)
  • Jardin du château de Val Joanis (29km)
  • Jardin de la Louve (34km)
  • Jardin d'Eguilles (48km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Colorado Provencal (19km)
  • Embouchure - Verdon (21km)
  • Verdon (rivière) (21km)
  • Barrage de Gréoux (24km)
  • Lac d'Esparron (28km)
  • Gorges de la Nesque (34km)
  • Lac de Quinson (35km)
  • Lac de Sainte-Croix (41km)
  • Gorges de Régalon (44km)
  • Clue de Barles (56km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Zoo de La Barben (52km)

Geography and distances

Saint-Michel-l'Observatoire is in the south-east of France at 46 kilometres from Digne-les-Bains, the department capital (general information: Saint-Michel-l'Observatoire is 608 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Saint-Michel-l'Observatoire

Canton: Forcalquier

Arrondissement: Forcalquier

Department: Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Region: Provence

Postcode: 0

Distance to Saint-Michel-l'Observatoire

from Digne-les-Bains (prefecture): 46 km

from Paris: 608 km

from Calais: 835 km

from Nice: 127 km

from Bordeaux: 511 km

from Strasbourg: 543 km

Getting here

Most visitors fly into Nice or Marseille airport. Driving is also possible - by car from Calais the drive takes about 11 hours. For driving distances to Saint-Michel-l'Observatoire from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 7 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Aubenas-les-Alpes, Dauphin, Forcalquier, Mane, Reillanne, Saint-Martin-les-Eaux and Villemus.

This page in French: Visiter Saint-Michel-l'Observatoire

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