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.
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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.