LA CAMPAGNE ST LAZARE

Ancienne route de Dauphin
04300 FORCALQUIER

+33680407358
info@stlazare.net

GPS
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: 43.948815
l: 5.776231

Getting there

By car

Finding Campagne St Lazare is easy as we are located near to the A51 and A7 motorway.

From the A51: take La Brillanne exit towards Forcalquier via the D4100.

From the A7: take exit 24 Avignon Sud, then the D900 and continue towards Forcalquier via the D4100.

On the way out of Mane, turn right along Chemin de Saint Suffren for 20 metres, then turn left. La Campagne St Lazare is at the bottom of the path on your left. 

GPS coordinates

Latitude: 43.948815
Longitude: 5.776231

By train

Aix-en-Provence TGV train station is 95 km from La Campagne St Lazare.

TGV high-speed trains and TER local trains run along the line several times a day. A shuttle service is available for Forcalquier. Timetables

Our establishment is served by the TER train stations in La Brillanne and Manosque, respectively 15 km and 22 km away. 

Line 13 serves these two stations daily departing from Marseille. Timetables

By plane

Marseille Provence airport is served daily by flights from several cities in France and Europe.

Airline companies which serve the airport: Air France, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Easyjet, Lufthansa, Ryanair, Vueling, Norwegian, Tap.  www.marseille.aeroport.fr

A shuttle service is available to Forcalquier. Timetables

Discover the region of Forcalquier
when you stay at La Campagne St Lazare

Location

In the heart of the Luberon Regional Nature Park and part of UNESCO’s biosphere reserve network. The territory extends over to the Montagne de Lure to form the ‘Luberon-Lure Biosphere Reserve’. A biosphere reserve is an area of land comprising several ecosystems. Each reserve promotes solutions reconciling the conservation of biodiversity with its sustainable use.

Ideally located a few minutes' walk from the centre of Forcalquier, between the Luberon and the Lure Mountain, La Campagne St Lazare enjoys a privileged location in Alpes de Haute-Provence, 20 kilometres from Manosque.

Forcalquier lies on some major tourism and history routes: the Via Domitia, the Way of St. James, the Lavender routes and the Route Napoleon.

Forcalquier in Provence

The charms of Forcalquier

Surrounded by the superb landscapes of Haute-Provence, this charming town, a former medieval stronghold, will delight you with its gentle way of life. Visit the town on foot: the citadel, a few minutes’ walk from our gite, offers an exceptional panoramic viewpoint over the Durance valley.

Also be sure to visit the old town, with its streets and residences dating from the 13th and 15thcenturies that offer a rich history, as well as Notre-Dame du Bourget Cathedral, an imposing Gothic structure dating from the 13th century.

And, of course, on Monday morning, be sure to visit the market and discover the colourful and traditional stalls of the local farmers and craftsmen.

Forcalquier, the ideal family destination

Forcalquier is a historic town located between the Montagne de Lure and the Luberon. It is a superb holiday destination for those who enjoy trying new, alternative activities.

Leisure activities in Forcalquier

Like all towns in the Alpes de Haute Provence, Forcalquier can liven up any family trip with the breath-taking activities it has to offer. For those globe-trotters out there, why not take a hot air balloon ride? Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the hilltop villages, lavender fields and purple sage of the surrounding area. Our guide speaks English, French and Spanish. You will take off at sunrise. The flight lasts for 1 hour. Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult. Warm, comfortable clothing is necessary for the lift-off and landing stage of the trip.

Visit the streets of Forcalquier by bicycle

Bike hire - A great way for backpackers, amongst others, to visit the historical buildings of Forcalquier. By looking on line, you can find a tour operator who will put you in touch with a bike hire company. They will provide you with a map of the local area containing all the main, local, historic places of interest to visit including the Cathédrale Notre-Dame du Bourget dating back to 1155 which bears witness to the integration of the gothic style of architecture in southern France. It also houses a sculptured marble high altar and an organ dating from 1630, a round painting representing the Jesus de Mignard as a child (17th century) and the shrine of St Pancras. The Couvent (convent) des Cordeliers is another building that it is well-worth seeing. It was built in the 13th century and comprises several exhibition rooms and a workshop where visitors can attend a perfume-making lesson.

Other ‘musts’ in and around Forcalquier

Go Ape (high rope course between trees) is another activity that everyone should experience when they visit Forcalquier.  Providers of this activity are mostly based in the 165 000 hectare Luberon Regional Nature Park, a UNESCO biosphere reserve, which spans the two departments, Vaucluse and Alpes de Haute Provence. Go Ape takes groups of 8 people maximum. Guides stay with participants throughout the activity. After this, holidaymakers can take a walk whilst a donkey carries their bags alongside them, a good way to encourage the children to walk. This option allows families to embark on circuits at their own pace. Before their walk, tourists will learn how to look after their furry companion. 

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Hot air balloon rides from Forcalquier

Hot air ballooning in Provence

Provence like you have never seen it! Known for its pure air and magnificent rolling carpets of flowers, see the small picturesque town of Forcalquier, nestled into the heart of the Alpes de Haute Provence from the heights of a hot air balloon.

Flying through the blue skies, you will be able to sample the beauty of one of the most reputed landscapes in Europe, scattered with hilltop villages and lavender fields in bloom during mid-June to mid-July.
A real treat for the eyes!

To experience this adventure, we are offering one night with bed and breakfast and a hot air balloon ride. This offer can be adjusted to suit special events such as weddings or seminars etc.

 

Hot-air balloon rides from Forcalquier take place preferably in the morning depending on weather conditions.

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Gastronomy given pride of place

Provençal gastronomy

The gastronomic heritage of the Pays de Haute-Provence is vast: honey, olive oil, chestnuts, wine, confectionery, cheese, small spelt and truffles. Set out to meet the local farmers, manufacturers and artisans and sample their regional produce. Plenty to satisfy your taste buds!

Activities and leisure

The beauties of Haute-Provence

The biodiversity trail created in our lush park will offer you the chance to discover the region’s natural charms.

During your stay at La Campagne St Lazare, you will be able to follow the lavender routes: the famous lavender fields of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence offer landscapes in a variety of colours and fragrances which you should take time to savour.

A region with a rich past, Haute-Provence lies on the Via Domitia: the first road built by Romans in Gaul (from 118 BC), which connects Spain to Italy via France, including the French Alps. It will delight those who enjoy history and archaeology with its remains dating from the period.

The Via Domitia also follows a route of the pilgrimage to Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle, between Montgenèvre and Arles, with a stage in Forcalquier.

A major tourism and historical route, the Route Napoleon passes through Forcalquier and retraces the route take by the Emperor in 1815 from the Alps to the French Riviera: an opportunity to admire the varied landscapes between the sea and the mountains..

In order to discover the splendours of the region, Salagon museum and gardens is a must for your holidays in the Luberon. Located 2 km from LA CAMPAGNE ST LAZARE, this departmental museum is part of the Museums of France network and benefits from the labels Outstanding Garden and Ethnopole. It retraces the history of the region through its superb medieval priory, a listed historic monument, and the museum’s exhibitions. You should also take time to visit the four ethnobotanical gardens in order to discover the importance of plants, nature and landscapes in the history of the Pays de Haute-Provence.

Set out to discover the varied landscapes of the Luberon, which make it so charming: vineyards, orchards, lavender fields, streams, hills, hilltop villages, stone castles or ochre cliffs. The team at LA CAMPAGNE ST LAZAREwill help you to organise your stay with daily excursions. Please contact us to tell us about your wishes and projects.

The Luberon’s ochre massif will amaze you with its huge range of unique colours: covering an area of about 25 km, this soil comes in red, yellow, orange and sometimes even has touches of green or purple. An exceptional and unmissable landscape to be discovered during a walk or a bicycle ride!

Cross the Durance and visit the spa resort of Gréoux-les-Bains and continue your route by visiting Moustier-Sainte Marie and Quinson Prehistory Museum. 

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Verdon Gorges

Verdon gorge in Provence

Take advantage of your stay to LA CAMPAGNE ST LAZARE to treat yourself to an excursion in the superb Verdon Gorges, just 1:30 mins from our charming establishment. Discover the Verdon Regional Nature Park and the incredible canyon, admire the unique light on the lakes and the beauties of the different landscapes and visit the charming hilltop villages.

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Sports

Hiking enthusiasts will enjoy the many footpaths to be discovered in the Pays de Forcalquier et Montagne de Lure. There are many signposted hiking trails that offer access to exceptional landscapes. The region is also a paradise for mountain bikers: about 200 km of signposted itineraries are available.

Also on the programme for sports enthusiasts: horse riding trails along the many trails, rock-climbing sites and many water sports (canoeing, kayak, rafting, white water swimming, fishing, rowing and bathing) andwinter ski resorts that benefit from the sun of Provence

Take to the air and discover the Mont Ventoux or the Montagne de Lure in an original manner: from gliders, paragliders and hot-air balloons, the hilltop villages, ochre mines, lavender fields and varied mountainous terrain of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence will guarantee you many unforgettable memories.

hiking in the centre of Provence

Manosque, town of the author Jean Giono

Town of Manosque

Manosque, the town of the author Jean Giono, is just 20 km from our gite: the opportunity to visit the typical Provencal town centre and the historic monuments it holds (Porte de la Saunerie and Porte du Soubeyran, Notre-Dame de Romigier Romanesque church, and more) and the Carzou Foundation.

Manosque is surrounded by superb landscapes and is one of the major towns of Luberon regional nature park .

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Digne-les-Bains, Prefecture of Alpes-de-Hautes-Provence

Beyond its administrative role in the region, Digne-les-Bains benefits from a very rich cultural heritage: Notre Dame du Bourg Cathedral houses an exceptional crypt and the many museums will delight you regardless of your centres of interest: museums devoted to lavender, brass instruments, Gassendi Arts Centre, the Alexandra David-Neel house and the Promenade museum. 

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lavender in Provence

Aix-en-Provence, the town of a 1 000 fountains

Aix en Provence town centre

Aix-en-Provence is well worth the detour. Opposite the magnificent Montagne Sainte-Victoire, the town is best visited on foot. The Cour Mirabeau, the main avenue which is emblematic of the town, is ideal for peaceful and relaxing walks. You will also be able to discover the charming narrow Provencal streets in the town centre, as well as the attractive squares adorned with many famous fountains.

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