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 Alpes-de-Haute-Provence travel guide


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 character to the town

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photo of Castellane

The small town of Castellane has a pleasant historic centre and is dominated by the cliff and chapel of the Roc

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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

Forcalquier is a pleasant Luberon town with several interesting historic monuments

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Gorges d'Oppedette

photo of Gorges d'Oppedette

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

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Gorges du Verdon

photo of 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 the region

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Lac de Sainte-Croix

photo of Lac de Sainte-Croix

The Lac de Sainte-Croix is a popular leisure lake with beaches near the Gorges du Verdon in Provence

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photo of Lurs

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 town

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photo of Moustiers

The setting of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie below steep cliffs and the lively historic centre make Moustiers-Sainte-Marie one of our favourite villages in France

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photo of Oppedette

After a stroll around the historic village of Oppedette you can visit the Gorges d'Oppedette, a lovely local landmark

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photo of Riez

Your trip to the village of Riez should include the baptistery, 5th century and one of the oldest in France, and the Roman ruins

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photo of Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon

Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon, France is a charming small resort on the west coast of the Lac de Sainte-Croix in Provence

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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 pretty village

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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 the lovely village of 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 shops in the village

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Vallee de l'Ubaye

photo of 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 see the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence 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

Tourist attractions to visit in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

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

Verdon: Tourist guide

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