Heritage

Sisteron is the hub of the Sisteronais-Buëch federation of municipalities, created in January 2017, which is home to twenty-five thousand inhabitants spread over sixty-two municipalities and three departments (Alpes de Haute-Provence, Hautes-Alpes and Drôme). Bordered by the Durance and Buëch Rivers, the Sisteronais-Buëch area boasts a special environment of magnificent landscapes which contribute to its appeal. This territory possesses renowned economic and touristic assets. Designated origin Agneau de Sisteron lamb, the Nights of the Citadel, mythical rally special stages, the UNESCO listed Haute-Provence Geo-park, the Caire via ferrata (iron path) climbing route, the Baronnies Provençales natural park, the Méouge gorges, the international free flight site in Chabre, the famous cliffs at Orpierre and the truffles of the Oule Valley make the Sisteronais-Buëch area, to which Paris-Nice is making a noteworthy visit, one of the gems of the southern Alps and Provence.

Vence, a town of inspiration and creation, has given rise to world famous works from the great painters of the 20th century, from Matisse to Chagall and Dubuffet to Arman. The beauty of its landscapes, its historical centre, its Baous (the local name for hills topped by crags), the Freinet school, its cathedral, the Chagal mosaic and the Chapel of the Rosary decorated by Matisse have built up the reputation of this medieval town with its shaded squares, market typical of Provence, galleries, regional produce boutiques and fountains through which the waters of the Foux stream burble. Vence is also well-known for its Nuits du Sud (nights of the south) festival, its art museum and highly-recommended gourmet restaurants. Vence stands out thanks to its preserved natural spaces, the La Sine woods at Plan des Noves, where up to half of the species in Europe’s biodiversity can be found. Vence is a gateway to the Préalpes d'Azur regional natural park and offers breath-taking views over to the Mediterranean Sea. Vence is also a modern and dynamic town which cultivates good living and an innovative outlook. Welcome to Vence and its surroundings, another perspective of the French Riviera.

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