The Fontbelle Tour

This road route allows you to go and meet some of the most beautiful natural and cultural sites in the department.

In Mallemoisson, take the road D17 then D3. 53 km from Mallemoisson to Sisteron.

From Sisteron, you can go back to Digne les Bains via the main road going through Château Arnoux – Malijai – Mallemoisson.

Estimated duration: 1h10 by car and motorcycle / 3h50 by bicycle

You will go through places having a special relationship with the measurement of time: fossils and written stone in St-Geniez, panorama of Vallée du Vançon, Andy Goldsworthy’s “Sentinel” and you will learn how to date wood in Mallemoisson.

The road will lead you to Musée Terre et Temps – Earth and Time Museum – in Sisteron where the famous Foucault pendulum swings in the middle of the Visitandines chapel and where the time of Man meets the time of Earth! The landscapes are conducive to hiking and give the opportunity to discover many villages as Thoard, Saint Geniez or Authon.

At 1304m of altitude, the Fontbelle mountain pass separates Vallée des Duyes from Vallée du Vançon. It is the starting point for the Pic of Géruen hike. A discovery trail allows you to meet the local flora and picnic areas are equipped for some well-deserved rest!