Things to do when camping in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
Alpes-de-Haute-Provence is simply bursting with things to do, especially in the beautiful landscapes of the department. One of the best places to experience the elegance of Provence is in the Luberon Regional Nature Park, where rolling fields, vineyards, rives, mountains, chateaux and historic hamlets inhabit the terrain.
A true icon of Provence, fields of lavender give colour to the land and the sweet aroma flows through the air. You can appreciate this lovely fragrance throughout the region, but we’d recommend visiting the perfectly lined lavender fields on the Valensole Plateau. Be sure to visit in July if you can, as this is when the flowers are perfectly purple.
Vying with the Luberon Hills for number one spot on a list of the best places to visit on a camping holiday in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence is the stunning Verdon Gorge. The landscapes in this national park are far more dramatic as they are adorned with striking canyons, majestic mountains and meandering rivers of emerald green water that spill out into idyllic lakes.
Some of the most beautiful views in the whole national park are rewarded to visitors who hike to the viewpoint at the aptly named Point Sublime. You’ll find equally gorgeous vistas and panoramas by walking the L'Imbut Trail, where adrenaline junkies can enjoy canyoning, white water rafting, canoeing and rock climbing.
The shores of the department’s lakes also provide a brilliant place for both walks and water sports. Featuring mesmerising blue waters, the lakes of Lac d'Allos, Lac du Lauzanier, Lac de Castillon, Lac Sainte-Croix and Lac de Quinson are among the best and most blissful lakes in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence.
Along with the charming countryside of Provence, there is enchantment and nostalgia in the historic hamlets, villages and towns of the department. With 12 townships earning the much-coveted status of “Villages et cités de caractère”, holidaymakers are spoiled for choice when it comes to exploring Provencal life. The 12 villages are Annot, Castellane, Colmars-les-Alpes, Cruis, Dauphin, Entrevaux, Lurs, Mane, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, Riez, Seyne-les-Alpes and Simiane-la-Rotonde.
While it is unlikely that you will have time to visit all 12 villages, be sure to check out Castellane that features the Notre-Dame du Roc and St. Victor Church. In Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, visitors make the most of their time here by wandering the quaint streets and exploring the Notre Dame de Beauvoir Chapel. We’d also recommend a stop at Mane, where you can visit the Salagon Priory, Castle Sauvan and the town’s Romanesque Bridge.