When visiting Durance Valley and Pays de Forcalquier, it’s easy to understand where Giono drew his inspiration from.
This area, even though less well-known than Luberon and Verdon, is worth the trip.
It’s the natural way between the Alpes and the Mediterranean sea. The Durance river, starting close to Italy at the Montgenevre mountain pass and flowing into the Rhone, shaped over time dramatic landscapes of jagged mountains.
It offers many touristic attractions such as the typical little towns of Manosque, Sisteron or Forcalquier.
With fertile plains and green hills, this area is a place of contrasts and Provencal atmosphere for hikers and walkers.
Sainte-Tulle, ‘Santo Tuli’
The Regain Hotel complex is set in Sainte-Tulle, 4 kilometres away from Manosque. Sainte-Tulle is a lovely provencal village counting about 3300 people.
When walking around, you’ll see the church, built in 1587, the fountain and wash house, the main dwelling and its oil mill, the Maurice Mollet centre and the clock tower.
Manosque is a beautiful provencal town at the edge of Luberon. The old city, in the shape of a pear, is surrounded by boulevards replacing the old ramparts and has remained typical of Provence. Writer and film maker Jean Giono spent his whole life and wrote his finest work there.
Forcalquier, ‘Forcauquier’ or ‘Fourcauquié’
The town is a pleasant visit thanks to the many monuments and places, a testimony to its beauty and history: the Visitation order convent, Notre dame de Bourguet cathedral, the remains of Saint Mary church, the famous Citadel, the Temple and Gassaud hotel, the Palace square, Saint Michel square and its fountain, the Cordeliers convent, the Synagogue.
A unique town with many unusual monuments. It is a picturesque walled city, rich in history and heritage. With exceptional climate and pure blue sky, it is an incredible spot to visit which can’t be missed.