Geological Natural reserve of High-Provence

Mountain of China to the gorges of the Verdon, 1900 km2 of soil to protect rocks, fossils and landscapes telling a long history of 300 million years.

The reserve can be visited like a true museum with open sky thanks to its territory arranged to learn how to read the ground. Circuits discovered marked out accessible to all are proposed since the poles museographic of Worthy the Baths and Castellane. To discover the Geological Reserve of High-Provence consists of a true voyage through time. Far from limiting itself to the search of the origins, it also makes it possible to carry a new glance on the landscapes of today. The time of the Earth and the time of the men meet there. Fossil traces of currents, Romance vaults and contemporary expressions y côtoient.Ce country saw its history extremely. Men of this territory, together, and with the support of the European Community, perhaps here, a different Wall for tomorrow.

The center of exposure of the Reserve In addition to its territory, the Reserve has a Center of exposure presenting regional geology, a library and a video library open tous.les.jours of 9h to 12h and 14h to 17hÓ (except Friday closing with 16hÓ closed Sam and dim. of the 1 - 11 to the 1-04). District St Benoit. Worthy-the-Baths Tel.. Fax.





REGIONAL NATURAL RESERVE OF the LUBERON Created in 1977 With the crossroads of the climatic influences of the Alps and the Mediterranean, the mountain of Luberon (L 125 m in Mourre Nègre) which is stretched of Villeneuve (the Alps of High-Provence) with Cavaillon (Vaucluse), shelters a fauna and a flora of an exceptional diversity, thus qu 1 an architectural and landscape heritage of great value. In 1997, allowed in the world network of the reserves of biosphere of UNESCO, it becomes " model lived " of the durable development: a territory where one experienced and where one shows that the economic and social development and more largely the satisfaction of the needs for the populations can be associated with the maintenance of the diversity of the animal and vegetable species and with the préservationdu tallies of life.gordes

The House of the Park with Apt proposes a permanent exposure " Genesis " of a remarkable territory (natural environment, habitat, geology, paleontology) as well as temporary exposures and a shop books, cards...). House of the Regional Natural reserve of Luberon. 60, Pl. Jean Jean Jaures B.P. 122 84400 Apt (0)4 Fax. (0)4 90.04 81 15

ROUSSILLON Colorado of Provence, GORDES black Village (authenticates village of bories),





verdon REGIONAL NATURAL RESERVE OF the VERDON creates in March 1997

The last born of the Regional Natural Parks, the Park of the Verdon was. Rich territory with the borders of Provence and the Alps, the Park is articulated around the Verdon, of the large canyon and the 5 artificial lakes forming part of a landscape into the miles facets: lavenders of the plate of Valensole, olive-trees and truffle oaks of high-Provence, forests and pastures of the pre-alpine solid masses...

They are thus 180 000 ha in the Alps of High-Provence and 105 000 ha in the VAr from Saint-André-les-Alpes to the Vinon-on-Verdon, which chose to emphasize their rich person inheritances naturalness and cultural principal base of their economy.


moustier1MOUSTIER SAINTE MARIE, famous in the whole world for its earthenware of the XVII and XVIIIè century Their beauty was appreciated by the sovereigns of Europe and by the large ones of this world until 1874, Les principal craftsmen of this métitée glory were Clérissy, Viry, Olérys and Laugier, Fouque and Pelloquin, the brothers Ferrat, Féraud. In 1928, Marcel Provence rallumat a furnace, This activity is maintained by 19 workshops today







the road of the bell-towers

Characteristics of Provence the bell-towers appeared around the XVI century because of the Mistral these works of ironwork having less catch with the wind than the bell-towers traditionels.


one of the seven French national parks. It covers more than 68.500 ha in central zone and 146.500 ha in peripheral zone. This vast territory of high mountains (Summit of Gélas: 3.143 M) is also close to the Mediterranean what induces a large variety of landscapes, vegetable and animal species. Its principal missions are: the protection and the management of this natural inheritance, the greeting and the sensitizing of the visitors as well as the contribution to the economic and social development.

The rural Park of High-Provence, Champtercier It is a search for harmony between the natural environment, the rural areas and the human activity in general.

The discovery is carried out by a path under treillised vineyard or forester which becomes mountain lane, borrowing bridges and links. It follows hedges and small valleys, making it possible to discover here a large birdcage, there a sheep-fold, further one distilling from aromatic plants or pigeon. Opened tous.les.jours in August July of 12h with 18h30.tela.

The forest of Fontbelle By taking the road of Sisteron from Worthy-the-Baths by the valley of Duyes and the procession of Pierre-Written, you will meet this superb forest solid mass which however has only one century. With the woodland pines planted by the man, were added naturally other gasolines: beeches, fir trees, limes, elms, maples and ashes. Three botanical paths were marked out there by the O.N.F. The clue of the Durance, the Rock of the Balsam and Sisteron, surmounted its citadel, form an imposing gate of separation between Provence and Dauphiné.


the Penitent ones of geological Les Mées Curiosité which offers a landscape of serene and impressive beauty. has legend claims that St-Donat would have solidified in rocks of the monks to punish them to have carried the glance on young prisoners sarrasines.

The clues of Barles and Verdaches These narrow throats dominated by vertical geological layers mark the border between Provence and the Alps on the side of Worthy-the-Baths. The narrow road, often dug in the rock, crosses a wild landscape and skirts the bed of the river of Bès to the torrential and tormented mode. The clues are particularly beautiful in autumn, when the colors chatoyantes of the foliages burst in the medium of the gray of the rocks.

Les robines the hills of black marls made up of clay and limestone, called here " caster hammers " are naked of vegetation. This characteristic gives them the aspect natural desculptures with the strange animal forms. They are characteristic at the village of Robin who bears the name from there, in Draix and Entrages.

The Demontzey Park At the top of the collar of Labouret, the Demontzey park is a pleasant place of picnic: beeches crimsons, spruces and fir trees of Céphalonie centenaires.

The forest of Andran Close to Digne les bains, this site of 20 ha makes it possible to admire very beautiful cedars of the Atlas and some black pines.

The Throats of Trévans Close to the village of Estoublon, a beautiful walk on a marked out path will make you appreciate the extraordinary variety of vegetation. One finds there at the same time a flora characteristic of the scrubland of Provence and gasolines already mountain (larches, pines woodland, beeches and service-trees white).