This small town in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, which is pronounced Malijay in Provençal would come from the Latin male jactus, or "poorly located", because of the floods of the Bléone which took away the cemetery in particular in 1860. The name of its inhabitants is Malijaians.
First established on the left bank of the Bléone, Malijai was established in the middle of the XNUMXth century on the right bank, on the traditional Digne-Sisteron road, used since antiquity.
The RN85 Napoleon Road
The village, which now has nearly 2000 inhabitants, welcomes travelers from Digne-les-Bains with a friendly sign: “Napoleon stopped there, why not you? ". The history of Malijai is marked in particular by that of its castle, representative of the classical elegance of the end of the 1770th century. Built in 4, this castle owes its fame in large part to Napoleon, who spent the night there from March 5 to 1815, XNUMX, on his return from the island of Elba.
The parish church of Saint-Christophe, rebuilt in 1839 on the site of the former Notre-Dame d'Espérance church, has an interesting choir fresco, a few stained glass windows and paintings. Next to the castle, the French-style park and the bowling alley under the plane trees offer beautiful moments of relaxation to visitors.
Hikes on the Route Napoléon GR406
This prestigious epic gave rise to the creation of a long-distance hiking route unique in France: the GR 406, to be covered on horseback or on foot on the historic route taken by the Emperor's troops, between Castellane and Sisteron (130 km) passing through Digne-les-Bains, Malijai, Volonne... In 2016 the National Committee for Equestrian Tourism awarded the label "Grand Equestrian Route" to the Route Napoléon on horseback. Maps and guides available at the Tourist Office.
After crossing the Bléone bridge to go up the D8 you will find along the left bank of the river a path that leads to the farm of St Florent (about 5km) to discover the old abandoned village of Chénerilles camped on the edge on the Puimichel plateau where the largest park of photovoltaic panels in France has just been set up.
5 km from Malijai is the village of Les Mées, famous for its narrow rocks that rise dramatically over 100 meters above the village. It is also the largest olive-growing town in Haute-Provence with its 100 olive trees, several oil mills and olive groves can be visited.
- Special Information: Hikers
- Special information: mountain bikers
Labels & accessibility
- Napoleonic places Route napoleon
Comfort / services
- Motorhome parking area
- Motorhome service terminal
- Show room
- Public toilets