Tourism and travel guide

In the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, the village of Banon was built in the splendid landscapes of Provence. Here, you will take the time to enjoy your family, your friends, your loved ones.

Outdoor activities are numerous. Do you like walking? Numerous itineraries have been mapped out in this unspoiled area of Provence, at the gateway to the Luberon. Various nature activities can also be practiced in Provence: paragliding, horse riding, tree climbing…

The local heritage offers the promise of beautiful ideas for visits and discoveries. In a village, a beautifully restored church. In the surroundings, a medieval castle with its keep and walls.

Fruits and vegetables, fish, wines, sheep or goat cheeses and tomes from the Southern French Alps: the attractiveness of southeastern France is also based on its gastronomy. Meet the local producers, by visiting their farms directly, or on the markets planned in the region. A large market is held in Banon every Tuesday morning. A smaller local Provencal market is also held on Saturday mornings.

The Tourist Office of Banon will give you advice on the activities to discover and the tourist sites. You wish to find accommodation in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur? The campsite is popular in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence . You can also find hotels and bed and breakfasts for all prices. Discover quality accommodation.

Banon’s heritage

The hilltop village of Banon boasts many historic monuments. You can enter the village through the old fortified gateway built into the ramparts in the Middle Ages, before losing yourself in the steep, winding streets.

Le Bleuet bookshop, simply in Banon, awaits you in the centre of the village. It is renowned for its wide selection of books and the many events it hosts throughout the year.

The Romanesque chapel of Notre-Dame des Anges offers a glimpse of the Romanesque architecture of the Middle Ages in Haute Provence. It stands at the top of a small hill, around 2.5 km north-east of the village of Banon.

Cheese tradition

The village of Banon has given its name to a small cheese made from raw, whole goat’s milk, with a soft texture and natural rind. Presented in its leafy casket, it is the repository of ancestral know-how and an exceptional terroir, and as such benefits from an Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC). Take advantage of your holidays in this corner of Provence so dear to Jean Giono to sample this delicious cheese.

The market is open all year round, on Tuesday and Saturday mornings from 8am to 1pm. You can discover and taste the local cheeses, of course, as well as many other local specialities.

The Lure mountain

Banon is located near the Lure mountain. This 1,825-metre-high mountain offers remarkable scenery and is home to exceptional flora and fauna. A road leads up to the summit, providing access to the start of a number of signposted trails that can be explored on foot or by mountain bike. Experienced cyclists can also try their hand at climbing the Montagne de Lure.

A mountain resort welcomes you in all seasons, with outdoor activities in summer and an introduction to skiing in winter.

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Visiting Banon: practical information

The Haute-Provence Pays de Banon Tourist Office provides all the tourist information you need about Banon and the surrounding area: