Val de Durance
Unspoiled middle mountains territory in the heart of the Haute-Provence Alps, the Val de Durance area is an authentic and natural paradise surrounded by wooded hills, olive and fruit trees.
Its 8 municipalities are spread out on both sides of the Durance river, around the railway and motorway axis linking Marseilles and Gap. It is well-known for its incredibly rich ornithological site made up of three artificial wetlands, which collects more than 56% of birds species from the department and where 140 species are visible at different times of the year.
Its exceptional landscapes ranging between 400 and 1400 metres of altitude invite to the discovery of this Provencal region with picturesque villages and numerous heritage treasures, such as the famous Pénitents des Mées and Prieuré de Ganagobie.
The quality of life and environment makes it an ideal playground for outdoor activities, with 350 km of hiking routes for all levels, including the pleasant Tour du Lac – also accessible to people with reduced mobility – and more than 600 km of mountain bike marked trails, including 4 nocturnal hikes, offering a magical field for hiking enthusiasts. It is also a privileged place for rock climbing, aerial sports, equestrian sports, orienteering course, kayak…
This rural area, where the climate is mild and the scents are delightful, is also very dynamic, with the many “themed roads” crossing it: the famous Route Napoleon (RN85 and GR406), les Grandes Traversées (mountain bike trails), Camino de Santiago and Rome (the Way of St.James GR653), les Routes de la Lavande (lavender roads)…
Between sea and mountain and one hour away from the southern Alps ski resorts, the Mediterranean Sea, the Calanques and even the Gorges du Verdon, this area is a delightful destination which allows you to escape through many changes of scenery in the twinkling of an eye!