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.