Stroll through the Baronnies Provençales hilltop villages
The roads and lanes of the Baronnies Provençales Regional Nature Reserve are dotted with medieval villages reputed for their pretty façades, often set around a history-packed church, castle or tower, set gazing out over the valley. Begin your adventure with the village of Montbrun-les-Bains, one of France’s “Most Beautiful Villages”, surrounded by lavender fields and home to thermal baths – the perfect place to recharge your batteries! Rochebrune offers a delightful show of paved streets, flowering façades, blue and green shutters, little squares and gardens where crickets chirp. Last but not least, La Motte-Chalancon in Oule valley is a charming village encircled by mountains, offering superb sightseeing opportunities with its steep lanes, vaulted passageways, ancient fort, fountains and stone washtubs. Tucked away on the heights and sometimes protected with fortifications, these villages were ideal lookouts for enemy invasions. Climb to the top of the 13th-century Tour Carrée in Rosans, built with diamond cut stone and boasting 360° panoramic vistas.