Village of Mees
Les Mées, in Provençal Lei Meas from the Occitan meya, which means stack of wheat, to designate the Penitents. It is a village which offers a beautiful panorama, it has 3630 inhabitants.
In the center there are beautiful exposed stone houses, small narrow streets... The Saint-Roch chapel and the Notre Dame de l'Olivier church are beautiful places to visit.
The Penitents trail is a 3h30 route that allows you to discover this particular rock that is Pudding, formed a few million years ago by the consolidation of rocky debris torn from the Alpine chain and rolled by the Durance. This 2.5 km long geological curiosity overlooks the village. As for the chemin de la Colle, it leads to the high plateau, above the village, where the lavender fields extend (flowering June/July).
The village of Les Mées owes its notoriety to the narrow rocks which stand more than 100 meters high in the town. They are called the Penitents of Mées because of their long and narrow shape, some have seen a procession of monks wearing a pointed hood. According to the legend it would be the monks of the Montagne de Lure petrified by Saint Donat at the time of the Saracen invasions and punished for having fallen in love with young women.
The olive groves
Les Mées is the largest olive-growing town in the Alpes de Haute-Provence with nearly 80.000 olive trees around the village. There is a 4km route, the Chemin de l'Olivier, which allows you to discover these multi-centenary olive trees. Several oil mills in the town can be visited all year round. The Chemin des Oliviers is a marked route through the olive groves (3,6km). 4 oil mills in the town can be visited, open from Monday to Saturday. Free entry. Info: 04 92 34 36 38
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Comfort / services
- Show room
- Public toilets