Culture and history

Provence hides its mysteries behind their own evidence (Jean Giono).


Without naming all of them, here are, in no special order, some local historical and cultural sites that you must visit before you leave.

Less than 2 minutes away: The village of Cruis, with its XI century church and the carved wooden rerados screen covered in gold leaf.

Less than 30 minutes away: Numerous "jas" traces of ancient pastoral activities present in our region, Notre Dame of Lure, the chateau and rotund at Simiane-la-rotonde, Forcalquier, Sisteron and its citadel, the Pénitents of Mees, the abbey Notre Dame de Ganagobie, the Priory of Salagon, the Abbey and garden of Valsaintes, and the Jean Giono museum at Manosque.

Just one hour or less away: The Abbey of Sylvacane at Roque d'Anthéron, the butterfly garden at Dignes-les-Bains, Aix en Provence, the typical villages of the Luberon. etc .....

Less than 2 hours away: Avignon, the museum of pre-history at Quinson, the village of Riez and its Roman remains, Moustiers Sainte-Marie ( its pottery, the village and the lake Sainte-Croix).


The Durance Theatre: This renowned theatre offers a rich cultural programme ( at Chateau Arnoux - St Aubin)


Festivals not to be missed: Jazz at Cruis, Musical encounters of Haute-Provence at Forcalquier, the international Lyrical art festival and the Easter festival at Aix-en-Provence, the Nights of the Sisteron citadel, and the Rich Musical Hours of the Rotund at Simiane-la-Rotonde, the bio-diversity festival at Dignes-les-Bains and Chateau Arnoux, the Corresondances festival at Manosque, etc.


A professional choir: resident at Cruis: Hysope.

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