Museums of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
In the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, men have transformed the landscape. They have cultivated the land, extracted coal and minerals from it. They invented know-how, they invented a culture. Almost every valley has its own museum related to the know-how of Haute-Provence. You can visit, for example, the museum of Ancient Toys in Gréoux-les-Bains, the museum of Coppers in Thoard, the mill museum of La Mure-Argens, the museum of Meyronnes, the museum of Lavender in Digne-les-Bains, the MHeMO (museum of History and Memory of Nails) in Ongles…
The Luberon Regional Nature Park
Between the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and the Vaucluse, the Luberon Regional Nature Park offers a wide variety of landscapes, natural environments, between crops and forests, characterful villages and isolated farms, valleys, hills and valleys… During your hikes, you will be able to admire a rich fauna of 270 species of vertebrates. Ornithology enthusiasts can spot the endangered Egyptian vulture. Cycling enthusiasts can discover the Luberon’s natural side by taking the Voie Verte du Calavon. Perched villages await you in the Durance valley, in the Calavon valley or on the slopes of the Petit and Grand Luberon.
Provence so dear to Jean Giono
Jean Giono is, along with Marcel Pagnol, the author who has contributed the most to the influence of Provence. Known for his book Le Hussard sur le toit (The Hussar on the Roof), which relates the adventures of a young colonel of the hussars in a Provence affected by a cholera epidemic. Regain, a work emblematic of the author’s relationship with the land of Provence, tells the story of the rebirth of a village victim of the rural exodus. A movie shot by another Provençal author, Marcel Pagnol, gave life to this book. Visit the authentic Provence of Giono, with its sun-drenched landscapes and picturesque villages.