Haute-Provence is a region of high plains among the mountains of the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence in Provence, France. Nicknamed the ‘French Colorado’, Haute-Provence is a region of rich natural resources, with everything from mountain peaks to deep gorges, cascading waterfalls to still lakes. The perfectly natural landscapes, peaceful atmosphere and clean air make Haute-Provence properties an absolute delight to visit for anyone wishing to simply get away for a few weeks and enjoy the delights of rural France at its best.
It is the dazzling countryside that brings many people to take holiday renal accommodation in Haute-Provence for the first time. Walking holidays are absolutely sensational in Haute-Provence, with dazzling trails through the oak forests, rock ridges and medieval villages of the region. There are thousands of miles of walking, cycling and riding trails throughout the region, showing you the best of the region, information on which are available from the Haute-Provence tourist information offices. The rivers and lakes upon which you will stumble during you tours are a wonderful asset, allowing you to swim, refreshing yourself completely from the heat of the summer sun.
If you would prefer to explore this magnificent region from the air, conditions are especially good for gliding. The world championships have been held in Haute-Provence and whether you are an interested learner or a seasoned professional, you can enjoy some wonderful gliding and hang gliding from a holiday rental in Haute-Provence.
During the winter months, there are a few excellent ski resorts to explore. The Lure Ski Resort has more than 10km ² of downhill skiing, as well as some phenomenal Nordic and cross country skiing routes.
Banon is a small town perched high in the Haute-Provence landscape, tittering above the Valley of Coulon. The cobbled streets and ancient villas of Banon make it a real favourite with photographers and artists, but it is the famous goats cheese, the Fromage de Banon that has really shot the village to international fame.
Sisteron is a staggering town of pre-Roman origins, which plugs a narrow gap between the channels of the Rivers Durance and Buech. The dominating 13th century citadel really must be seen to be believed, especially if you are arriving from the south of the village. There are plenty of restaurants, shopping streets and facilities, which makes Sisteron and its central location, a perfect place from which to start your full exploration of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence.
Forcalquier is best known for its beautiful, octagonal chapel that stands at the top of the conical hill on which the village stands. The countryside which surrounds Haute-Provence is ideal for hiking, mountain biking and horse riding holidays, as well as fishing holidays.
The weather in Haute-Provence is wonderfully sunny for the vast majority of the year. With almost 300 days of bright sunshine every year, and temperatures which usually soar well into the mid 30’s (°C) during the heat of the day from May until September, it is easy to see why Haute-Provence gites are in such high demand.
Marseille (MRS) and Nice (NCE) airports are both within easy reach of a holiday rental property in Haute-Provence. There are regular flights from airports throughout the UK which arrive on the Cote d’Azur, meaning that your trip to Haute-Provence should be entirely painless. A hire car is an excellent facility to have, and there are plenty of car hire companies working from both Nice and Marseille.