This department is centrally located in the region and the north is a real Alpine landscape while southern Provence is tangibly present. The capital is Digne-les-Bains. The Verdon River largely determines the rugged landscape. The place Castellane is at the beginning of the famous Gorges du Verdon where you have countless beautiful places and hiking trails..
The department of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence enjoys a pure air, an exceptional number of hours of sunshine throughout the year and at the same time possesses a remarkable heritage in both nature and architecture. On the one hand with the impressive canyon of the Verdon, the beautiful Alps, the geological nature reserve of Haute-Provence, the plateau of Valensole with its lavender fields and also the wonderful lakes of the Verdon. On the other hand with beautiful, characteristic villages and towns, the inland heritage and cities with a rich heritage such as Manosque, Digne-les-Bains, Barcelonnette and also Sisteron.