Top 3 Geotopes
The Haute-Provence UNESCO Geopark is a world-renowned paradise for geologists. This geological reserve spans 568,300 acres of land modelled by millions of years of evolution. A magnificent testimonial to bygone days, the Geopark was the first geological reserve of its kind to be awarded the UNESCO label in 2000. Here, the greatest masterpieces are made of stone and span the park’s 60 towns, including its headquarters at Digne-les-Bains where you can visit the famous Dalle aux Ammonites: this 320m2 stone slab features over 1,550 ammonites, some of which measure nearly 70 cm in diameter. In Robine-sur-Galabre, the half-fish-half-lizard fossil of an ichthyosaurus – a reptile resembling a dolphin – lies embedded in the rock. Last but not least, take the easy-going Vallée des Siréniens walk to discover a fascinating series of manatee skeletons.