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Holidays in Alpes de Haute-Provence, France
Alpes de Haute-Provence is a mountainous department in the south of France just north of the popular tourist destinations along the Cote d’Azur. The area is known for its outdoor sports and architecturally beautiful villages. One of the most famous attractions in the region is the Gorges du Verdon, a deep canyon with many spectacular viewpoints.

Historical towns

The town of Sisteron is often known as the Gateway to Provence thanks to its location in the gap between two mountain ranges. It is also is famous for its medieval citadel high on the rocks overlooking the town and the 12th century cathedral. The climate in summer is hot and sunny, but if you are unlucky enough to be there on a wet day, you can enjoy one of the town’s three museums; the Citadel museum itself, the Baden-Powell Scout Temps and the Musee Terre & Temps, which features exhibits about the earth and the measurement of time.

The small town of Forcalquier is built on the slopes of a mountain, topped by an octagonal cathedral with a panoramic view of the area. The rest of the town is full of narrow cobbled streets and buildings dating from the 12th to the 16th century. Monday is market day, while the local museum contains many Roman artefacts found nearby.

Gorges du Verdon

The Gorges du Verdon is a 25 mile-long canyon, which is up to 700 metres deep. The most impressive stretch is between the towns of Castellane and Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, though the stretch of road on the canyon edge in this area can be very busy with tourists from the Cote d’Azur in the summer. There are many opportunities for you to park up and take photos or just enjoy the view. At the end of the canyon, the turquoise-green Verdon River flows into an artificial lake. Both the river and the lake are popular with kayakers and the limestone walls of the canyon attract rock climbers to the area.

Outdoor activities

The mountainous terrain in the Alpes de Haute-Provence area is ideal for outdoor sports and activities in both summer and winter. Aerial sports are a particular favourite including hang-gliding and paragliding. There are numerous walking and biking trails in the region, of various difficulties. In winter you can enjoy skiing or snowboarding at one of the eleven resorts in the region. Many of the peaks are over 8,000 feet guaranteeing good snowfall in the winter months, while the climate summer remains warm and dry.
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The Author writes for Holiday Home Rentals who have a selection of Chalets in Alpes-de-Haute and Villas in France which can be rented direct from their owners.
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