Obviously and more than ever, we need space and moments to return to our inner source, to reconnect with our essence. Some destinations are more conducive than others to this quest for well-being. LUNESCO Geopark of Haute Provence, Digne-les-Bains and its surroundings are part of it and it is not the explorer Alexandra David Neel who will say the opposite!

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Landscapes conducive to healing

From old Esclangon, incredible view of the Vélodrome, a geological formation in the heart of the UNESCO Geopark of Haute Provence.

Here reigns the spirit of Tibetan Buddhism

Alexandra David-Neel, this great lady who traveled a large part of the world, found here the serenity she was looking for and which reminded her of Tibet. Born in 1868 in Paris, she spent 25 years of her life exploring the world. She was the first European woman to have entered the forbidden city of Lhasa in Tibet in 1924. After all these crazy years of adventure, it was in the town of Digne-les-Bains that she decided to settle down in 1928 and she named her house “Samten Dzong” which means “Residence of Reflection” in Tibetan. She died a hundred years old in 1969. The 14th Dalai Lama came to pay homage to her in 1982 and 1986. You can discover the incredible life of this adventurer during your visit to Digne-les-Bains by visiting her house and its museum with countless objects brought back from these distant journeys.
After visiting the house of Alexandra David-Neel you can continue your Zen immersion with a tea break, chai or vegetarian dish at the Nusa Cafe, opposite Samten Dzong.

Well-being destination

Digne-les-Bains, a spa town recognized since Antiquity for the quality of its waters, offers cures in rheumatology and respiratory tract as well as a Thermal Spa where you will find various well-being treatments: body treatments, massages, whirlpool baths as well as an aquatic space to enjoy thermal water in complete relaxation.

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Walk differently...

Here, even walking can be practiced consciously, respectful of oneself and one's environment, practiced gently, it allows one to let go and be in harmony with nature. Professionals will accompany you to discover the landscapes dear to the heart of Alexandra David Neel. For a solo weekend or for two, or with the family for a longer stay, the possibilities are endless.

Haute-Provence, its landscapes, its land, its culture, its art of living are a disconnect in themselves. So join us!

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