Mountain food is the norm here: think plates of charcuterie, homemade cheeses and hearty stews. Every village has a cafe or restaurant of some kind, though the food tends to be quite traditional, so be prepared to occasionally encounter some offal and the like. Look out for mountain honeys and jams in summer.

Bistro du Pays

To help attract diners to the more rural towns and villages of Haute-Provence, Bistrot de Pays (www.bistrotdepays.com) is an organisation that champions small restaurants known for serving traditional Provençal cuisine and their commitment to using local produce. Many also host live music and community events. The idea is so successful that the rest of France is adopting it. There are dozens of participating venues scattered around the countryside: you can pick up a free booklet at tourist offices, or consult listings on the website.