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.
“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.”
“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. ”
“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.”
“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. ”
“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.”
“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!!! ”