Route Couleur Durance from Manosque

  • Vue d'Oraison de la ferme Mazan1


Formerly known as a capricious, violent and wild river, feared for its floods, the Durance has been tamed by men for hydraulic and agricultural purposes.
Go along this river with its sinuous course, a place of relaxation, vacation and bird watching, for the passionate, the Durance is a river with multiple charms and interests.
the Durance is a river with multiple charms and interests.

Itinerary :
Leave Manosque by taking the direction of Volx, by the D4096. This Provencal village clinging to its rock, at the eastern end of the Luberon, dominates the wide plain of the Durance. You will find there a fascinating ecomuseum
dedicated to the olive tree. A few kilometers away, still on the same road, Villeneuve nestles on its heights. It is in this village that the factory of the Terre d'Oc brand is located.
Points of interest:
- Ecomuseum of the Olive Tree (museum, store, restaurant
in season)
- Church of Notre-Dame de la Roche (12th century)
- Trou de la Capellanne (natural caves, access to the olive
near the olive groves)
- Mill of Luberon
- Sainte-Victoire church with two naves (18th c.)

- Saint-Sébastien-Saint-Saturnin church
- Clock tower, old doors, fountains
- Museum of Arts and Popular Traditions

Continue on the D4096 in the direction of La Brillanne, then take the D4 to reach Oraison, the capital of almonds. Gourmets can stop at the
stop at the Doucet Confiseurs chocolate factory store or discover the Perl'amande factory.
of the Terre d'Oc brand.
Points of interest:
La Brillanne
- Church of Sainte-Agathe (17th century)
- Remains of the ramparts

- Church of Notre-Dame du Thor (17th century)
- Romanesque bridge over the Rancure (17th c.)
- Castle (18th c.)
- Seven-arched bridge over the Durance (19th c.)
- Doucet Confiseur (factory store)
- Perl'Amande (factory visit)
- Randoland (fun tour to discover with the
with the family)

Continue on the D4 road, to reach Les Mées, a village
famous for its "Pénitents". These are the unmistakable hills that overlook the village and whose erosion has given them shapes reminiscent of the hats of the religious of the same name.
Points of interest:
Les Mées
- Church of Notre-Dame de l'Olivier (16th century)
- Chapel of Saint-Roch (11th / 12th century)
- Medieval doors
- Ecomuseum of Pigeon Houses
- Museum of the olive tree
- The Penitents

Continue your itinerary on the same direction and join Malijai, then Volonne. These two small towns are on the road taken by Napoleon and his troops on his return from Elba in 1815.
Points of interest:
- Castle (17th / 18th c.) and French gardens
- Saint-Christophe church

- Bastide castle (17th century)
- Walkway of the old ramparts
- Medieval doors
- Aqueduct (16th / 17th c.)
- Clock tower and ford tower
- Remains of the Saint-Martin church (11th century)

Continue your journey to Sisteron, Napoleon's last stop in the department. This town, nestled between the rocks and the first mountains of the Pre-Alps, is dominated by its magnificent citadel.
Points of interest:
- Citadel (13th /14th c.)
- Cathedral (12th century)
- Chapel of Notre-Dame de Pommiers (13th century)
- Andrônes
- Towers of the old ramparts (14th c.)
- Saint-Dominique cloister (13th century)
- Archaeological Museum of Old Sisteron
- Ecomuseum of the Sisteron area
- Scouting museum
- Randoland (fun tour to discover
in family)
- Little train of the Citadel
- The Marres lake

Take the D4096, go through Château-Arnoux and stop a few kilometers further at the Prieuré de Ganagobie. Perched on its rocky spur, it dominates the whole Durance valley. Continue your tour towards Lurs, a small Provencal village particularly perched, classified as a "Village and City of Character". Finally, the tour ends with a return to Manosque via the D4096.
Points of interest:
- Castle (16th century) and its garden
- Ornithological site on the banks of the Durance

Priory of Ganagobie
- Cluny Priory (10th / 12th c.) : church,
cloister and mosaics.

- Romanesque-Provençal style church
- Promenade des Evêques and its 15 oratories
- Roman bridge, sundial, clock tower...
- Narrow streets, vaulted passages, calade streets...
- Way of the writing

- Historical city center
- Saunerie and Soubeyran doors
- Saint-Sauveur church
- Private mansions
- Jean Giono Cultural Center
- Carzou Foundation
- Colline Toutes Aures (Chapel)
- Mont d'Or hill (remains of a castle from the
10th century castle)
- L'Occitane factory, garden and museum
- Water level of Vannades
- Olivette mill
- House of Biodiversity - La Thomassine
- Randoland (fun tour to discover with your family)
with your family)
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    • Distance (km) : 110
    • Daily duration (minutes) : 0
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Route Couleur Durance au départ de Manosque
Place de l'Hôtel de ville
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Latitude : 43.915885
Longitude : 5.918445