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Best things to do in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Natural Feature
“Alright, this is not the French Riviera anymore, it's about a 2 hour drive. But if your stay on the Riviera is long enough and you have time to go here, it's absolutely worth it. Basically, this place is a paradise for nature lovers. I go there several times every summer. Here's a non-exhaustive list of things that you can do here: 1) Kayak / Pedal boat in the Gorges du Verdon. This gorge is insanely beautiful but during peak summer, there are just way too many people and it degrades the experience. 2) Lavender fields. If you're thinking of particularly famous lavender field pictures, they were probably taken here, on the Plateau de Valensole, above the Sainte-Croix lake. But the period to see them starts from mid-June until mid-July. After mid-July, you won't see many of them. And none the rest of the year. 3) Moustiers-Sainte-Marie village. It's a very cute village which is on the list of the 150 most beautiful villages in France. 4) La route des crêtes, meaning the "Ridge road". This road is very impressive, and watch out if you're scared of heights! It's a loop that follows the cliffs of the Verdon gorge where there are world-renowned climbing spots. There are several breathtaking viewpoints along it.”
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Natural Feature
“Fabulous lake, beeches, restaurants, waterspouts, sight seeing, lavender fields .... stunning!”
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Point of Interest
“Parc des ocres aux dégradés incroyables de couleurs comme si vous étiez au far west - 45 mn”
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Lake
“Manmade glacial lake, watersports, swimming beach, boat hire,boat rides. Take a picnic to one of the many small coves, or hire pedaloes at the main lakeside beach. ”
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History Museum
“Un musée accessible à partir 5-6 ans avec des parcours différenciés selon les âges. La visite peut se compléter avec des grottes et reconstitutions d'abris préhistoriques, ou une baignade ou du pédalo dans les basses gorges du Verdon.”
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Reservoir
“Le lac d’Esparron-de-Verdon, d’une superficie de 328 ha, constitue l’un des plus sauvages du Verdon avec ses multiples calanques et falaises, ses eaux turquoise, ses gorges. Aux abords du lac, le village d’Esparron-de-Verdon, perché sur la roche, offre un point de vue imprenable sur la vallée et le lac. Il est le point de départ idéal pour découvrir le Verdon, avec des villes comme Gréoux-les-Bains et Moustiers-Sainte-Marie à proximité. ”
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Park
“Whether you go canyoning, cycling or just enjoy the views, this is a special area of France.”
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Lake
“Wild swimming in the lake - take a picnic or go to the campsite cafe. Or book for the restaurant Du Lac - super food and a wonderful terrace overlooking the Etang.”
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Park
“It is surely a bit far (Around 1h45min by car) but if you come from far it could be a unique occasion to visit the most beautiful canyon in Europe!!! ”
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Bookstore
“La plus belle librairie de toute la région. C'est à 11 km du gîte. A voir absolument”
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Museum
“Great views, interesting history all situated in a town that in itself merits visiting. A must for Napoleon fans.”
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Lake
“There is a stunning walk up to this lake, which is the highest Europe - The 2 hour hike up to it is fairly easy.”
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Establishment
“Fine ancient Roman bridge, geological site with excellent walks along the gorge and very popular for swimming or just lazing in the sun.”
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Establishment
“Beautiful mountains and lake. Breathtaking views. Hiking, swimming, canoeing​ ”
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Housing Development
“plage aménagée au début du lac en arrivant de Castellane, faire le retour par le lac de Chaudane pour la vue”
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Museum
“Très intéressant avec ses jardins de plantes médicinales et ses expositions permanentes.”
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