Manosque and the great outdoors
Nature is strongly present around Manosque with the Forêt de Pélicier, a man-made forest of 1,040 hectares planted in 1905 to help prevent soil erosion. The collection of Austrian pines, young oaks, holm oaks, Aleppo pines, Scots pines and cedars is criss-crossed by numerous woodland paths. In the hills the ‘Maison de la Biodiversité’ has a conservation orchard with 350 traditional varieties of fruit trees and a vegetable garden featuring forgotten varieties of vegetables. L'Occitane, the world-famous cosmetics firm, runs tours of its factory, museum and gardens, a fascinating experience marked by sensory encounters, which traces its progress in the world of beauty products, inspired by Man and Nature.
Have fun in, on and beside the water at the Plan d’eau de Vannades, a 15-hectare lake in unspoilt countryside just 5km from the centre of Manosque. It offers numerous sporting and leisure activities including swimming (lifeguard presence and access ramp for disabled visitors), sailing, rowing, picnic areas, crazy golf, badminton and pedaloes. We mustn’t forget La Forestière fishing lake where the meanders of the River Durance have made way for ponds to provide a treat for anglers fishing for carp, white fish and predatory fish. At the heart of the main economic area of Alpes du Sud, 50km from Aix-en-Provence and Sisteron, between the sea and the mountains, the town also lies at the meeting point of two Parc Naturels Régionaux (Regional Natural Parks), Luberon and Verdon.
"" I love ‘Correspondances’, a literary festival like no other in late September, devoted to correspondence and all creative forms based on exchange and dialogue. The readings, literary cafés, encounters with authors and writing desks in unusual places are an absolute joy."" A ‘Correspondances’ enthusiast and Gîtes de France regular.
How to get to Manosque in the Alpes de Haute-Provence :
By road : autoroute A 51 exit Manosque, RN 96.
By train : to Manosque.
By bus : regular services from Marseille, Aix-en Provence railway station and Marseille-Provence Airport.