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Prieuré de Salagon

Situated 4km south of Forcalquier near Mane, this peaceful priory dates from the 13th century. It’s well worth a visit to wander around its medieval herb gardens, fragrant with native lavender, mint, mugwort and oth…
Monastery in Vallée de la Durance

Monastère Notre Dame de Ganagobie

Ganagobie’s otherworldly monastery is an essential stop. Founded in the 10th century, it’s still home to a working Benedictine community, whose products, including soap, honey, jam and beer, are all for sale in the …
Provencal in Pays de Forcalquier

Café de Niozelles

For just-like-mama-made-it French cuisine, it’s worth the 5km drive from Forcalquier to this unapologetically old-school bistro in Niozelles. You’ll need an appetite, and a taste for all the traditional trimmings, l…
Castle in Pays de Forcalquier

Château de Simiane-la-Rotonde

Forming part of the 12th-century fortified castle built by the Simiane-Agoult family, who were one of the region's most powerful medieval dynasties, this castle is notable for its magnificent central cupola, graced …
Museum in Pays de Forcalquier

Ecomusée l’Olivier

If all the olive groves around Provence have inspired your curiosity, head 15km southeast of Foraclaquier to Volx, where this intriguing eco-museum explains the extraction process and the olive tree’s importance to …
Provencal in Pays de Forcalquier

Les Petites Tables

This Provençal restaurant at the Ecomusée l’Olivier near Volx is only open for lunch, but it's well worth a detour (and if you're visiting the museum it's a must). Delicious platters come with a choice of fresh sala…
Observatory in Pays de Forcalquier

Observatoire de Haute-Provence

Tours of this small observatory include the chance to see its working 193cm central telescope, plus a film about the centre’s research. Buy tickets for the 30-minute guided tour from the ticket office in the nearby …
Area in Forcalquier

La Citadelle

To reach Forcalquier's citadel and its little octagonal chapel, it’s a 20-minute walk uphill via shady backstreets and winding steps. At the top there’s a viewing platform offering panoramic views. On the way back d…
Bistro in Forcalquier

Aux Deux Anges

Beside a fountain in Forcalquier's old town, this homespun place is as traditional as it gets. All the dishes are made to timeworn recipes comme à la maison (like you'd have at home) – hearty stews, slow-cooked lamb…
Archaeological Site in Vallée de la Durance

Les Mées

Travelling north from Forcalquier towards Sisteron, you can’t miss the mysterious Rochers des Mées: rows and rows of rocky pinnacles, some as high as 100m. Legend claims they were once monks, turned to stone for lus…