An unusual trip through the countryside of Upper Provence. The sun reigns over these remote lands, shining close to 300 days a year in a resolutely mediterranean sky. It accompanies the flowering lavender, filling the air with the scents of Provence. It warms the high grounds of the Montagne de Lure, and suffuses the tuneful accent of the people of Manosque and Forcalquier. And should the heat ever become just a little overbearing, the tranquillity of a mediaeval chapel or the cool lanes of a shady village are there to shelter you while you take a well deserved rest.
your charming hotels and "chambres d'hôtes" with pools
the fascinating visit to the "Roches des Mourres", a geological curiosity
the perfumed atmosphere of the countryside that inspired Giono
the fact that bright sunny weather is usually on the menu!
Arrival late afternoon in the old mediaeval town of Manosque.
Night in a 3 star hotel with pool.
16km with total uphill 420metres (level 3/5). Duration about 4hrs.
On the high ground above Manosque, a walk through the rich natural heritage of Upper Provence that lends the region a very special charm. First you’ll enjoy visiting the Maison de la Biodiversité, with its unusual, original and informative collection of cultivated plants and fruit trees. Then you make your way to Saint Martin les Eaux, a charming drystone village set against the hills of the Luberon.
Night at the hotel.
From Manosque to Forcalquier
18,5 km with total uphill 410 metres (level 4/5). Duration about 5hrs30.
Today you go up from Manosque towards the Col* de la Mort d'Imbert (*pass). Then you descend through the forest to Dauphin and Saint Maime, two really pretty medieval villages full of charm. The concluding section of the walk is along narrow country roads surrounded by lavender fields.
Dinner and night in a 3 star hotel with pool.
12,5km with total uphill 305 metres (level 2/5). Duration around 3hrs30.
Before you set off today, have a pleasant stroll round the narrow streets of Forcalquier1. Then you’re off to explore the venerable Rochers des Mourres2, a wild semi-arid site where you can wander among the great rocks that look like stone mushrooms sprung from the earth – a last reminder that there was once a vast salt-water sea here. Take your time, lose yourself in contemplation of this geological throw-back that always surprises, seeming more like an art gallery than a country ramble.
Dinner and night at the hotel.
From Forcalquier to Cruis
14km with total uphill 430 metres (level 3/5). Duration about 4hrs.
Leaving Forcalquier and its lofty Citadel behind, you move on to Cruis, a small village nestling at the foot of the Mountain of Lure (a.k.a. the ‘petit Ventoux’). The walk takes you through contrasting scenery. First you go through a handful of tiny hamlets, then across lavender fields with views over the valley, and finally down through the marl to the village of Cruis.
Dinner and night in a charming guest house with pool.
10km with total uphill 480 metres (level 2/5). Duration around 3hrs.
This last walk of your stay leads you up the flanks of the Montagne-de-Lure2. Today, you head for the foothills of a mountain also known as the Petit Ventoux thanks to the characteristic white limestone summit that recalls its illustrious fellow, the Giant of Provence. Have a good look round the Jas, drystone shelters erected far from farms and villages centuries ago to provide shelter for sheep and goats in inclement weather.
An unusual trip through the countryside of Upper Provence. The sun reigns over these remote lands, shining close to 300 days a year in a resolutely mediterranean sky. It accompanies the flowering lavender, filling the air with the scents of Provence.…
These walks have been carefully chosen to bring you into intimate contact with the tastes and scents of Drôme Provençale. Wander along little-known paths which weave through vineyards, peach, apricot and cherry orchards, truffle oaks and…