Esclangon VelodromeNature Reserve

Esclangon © old esclagon

The Esclangon Velodrome is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful geological panoramas of the UNESCO Geopark of Haute Provence.


It seems essential to discover this unmissable panorama from the heights on the left bank of the Bès. 1h30 of walking in total and 350 m of elevation gain for a simply fabulous view.

Understanding this landscape refers to the geological history of the last 100 million years: a first syncline oriented north-south (that of Esclangon) was formed; the second, that of Auribeau, is formed later but oriented perpendicular to the first; a third fold, the Martelet anticline, curls above the other two, giving the impression that there is only one. It is the shape of this Auribeau syncline that earned it the nickname of velodrome, a sea basin filled in and then deformed when the Alps arose.

Labels & accessibility

  • Circuits of France_POI
  • Sensitive Natural Spaces
  • Nature Reserve



  • Unguided individual tours permanently


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Comfort / services

  • Pet Friendly
  • Parking nearby

Pet Friendly


Free access.


All year.