"Let Mane be and remain thus"
From its rich medieval past, Mane retains the old town with narrow steep streets, its citadel surrounded by 3500 m of ramparts, the XVIth century church with a Florentine great door and the main altar of polycrome marble.
Mane also possesses two jewels of the Haute Provence. TheSalagon priory, a group of buildings dating from the XIIth to the XVIIth centuries and the Château de Sauvan which is rightly nicknamed "Petit Trianon de Provence".
This magnificent palace was built for François de Forbin Janson in the XVIIIth century. Its carefully restored gardens are worthy of an enjoyable walk. Obviously Manosque should not be ignored. What a pleasure it is to follow in the footsteps of Jean Giono, who was born here and who devoted his work to Provence.
He wrote "the real wealth of Manosque lies in her beauty". Whilst wandering around the town you discover an age-old city with such a rich past, where each period has left its stamp and style.
A visit to the l’Occitane museum will be an introduction to the richness and composition of the products of this brand. In close proximity, the very pretty village of Forcalquier.
Don''t miss the Monday morning market which displays its scents and colours throughout the whole town. This is the weekly rendezvous of producers, craftsmen and locals...atmosphere garanteed !
Visit the charming old town with its narrow streets, tiny shady squares and the beautiful, ancient XIIIth and XVth century residences.
For a great many years numerous writers, painters, sculpters and artists have settled in Forcalquier, seduced by the beauty of the site and by the warm welcome of the local people