Tourism and leisure in Provence
In the Luberon area

Luberon and Mane

At the heart of an untouched natural environment with a remarkable heritage

As the starting point for any excursion, the town of Mane is home to three remarkable buildings: its church, the Salagon priory, dating from the 12th to the 17th centuries, and the Sauvan château, the “Petit Trianon of Provence”, whose restored gardens are a lasting invitation to the land of scents.

If you are exploring the secrets of perfumes, why not visit Manosque, the town of Jean Giono, the L’Occitane Museum, the olive tree Eco-museum at Volx, the Museum of Aromas and Perfume, or the experimental garden of aromatic plants.

A haven of peace and serenity

A region of art and history

From its rich medieval past, Mane has preserved its old town with steep side-streets, its citadel protected by 3,500 metres of ramparts, its 16th century church with a Florentine portal and a high altar of multi-coloured marble.

The Salagon priory is a collection of buildings from the 12th to the 17th centuries, which bears - quite rightly - the nickname “Petit Trianon of Provence”.

This magnificent palace was built for François de Forbin Janson in the eighteenth century. Its carefully restored gardens are a pleasant destination for a walk.

It would, of course, be hard not to be aware of Manosque. How lovely it is to set off in the footsteps of Jean Giono, son of this land, who dedicated his work to Provence. He would write “the true treasure of Manosque is its beauty.”

As you walk through the town, you will discover a thousand-year-old city with a rich past, where each era has left its own imprint and style. A visit to the L’Occitane Museum will give you an insight into the riches and composition of the brand’s products.

Very close by lies the pretty village of Forcalquier.

Be sure not to miss the Monday morning market, which spreads its perfumes and colours throughout the town. It’s the weekly meeting of growers, craftsmen and local folk – an atmosphere like no other! Pay a visit the old town, full of charm with its narrow side-streets, its small shady squares and its beautiful old dwellings from the 13th and 15th centuries.

The Forcalquier citadel was inaugurated in 1875 and boasts one of the very rare hand-rung carillons in Provence to use the traditional “fist” method of bell ringing. It is octagonal in shape and provides you with an observation point not to be missed.

For any number of years, a great many writers, painters, sculptors and artists have settled in Forcalquier, attracted by the beauty of its setting and the friendly welcome shown by the local people.

Events and shows
in haute-provence

Sports

  • La Fête de la Randonnée (hiking festival –April)
  • Les Rand'automnales de Lure – an autumnal hiking, horse-riding and mountain biking event
  • Boucle des 4 Reines (cross country races – late May)
  • Foulée Cruissienne (10km run – June)
  • Fête de la Raquette à Neige (snowshoeing festival – first weekend of January)
  • Roues Libres en Luberon (cycling and rollerblading event – October)
  • La Grimpette de Lure (cycling up the Lure mountain)
  • Paris-Nice cycling race
  • Cycling tours of the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department
Hot-air balloon in Mane

Discovery

  • La Semaine des Senteurs et des Saveurs (scents and flavours week) in Forcalquier (late summer)
  • Les Montgolfiades: hot-air balloon festival (September)
  • L’Eté Astro summer festival at the local centre of astronomy (from July to mid-September) - www.centre-astro.fr
  • Sciences en Fête (science festival – October) - www.fetedelascience.fr