Haute Provence is one of the most beautiful regions in the South of France in terms of nature. Home to Europe's Grand Canyon - Les Gorges du Verdon, the Lac de Castillon, the Col de la Bonette, as well as countless hills and valleys. Whilst exploring this region you'll come across some of the most incredible lavender, sunflower and poppy fields you've ever seen, with snow-topped mountains in the background.
Surrounded by several other departments such as Alpes Maritimes, Var and Vaucluse, Haute Provence is full of small picturesque villages, all as beautiful as the next. The river Durance runs through this region, which makes for some gorgeous views and swimming opportunities. Famous for its fruit, cereals, honey, perfumes and essential oils, as well as black pudding and lavender honey, you'll be able to find everything that your heart desires. And don't forget, the film Les Miserables was also filmed here.
Things to See & Do in Haute-Provence
Cities & Villages
Castellane is located deep within the rugged mass of the Haute Provence, making it the perfect spot from which to hike and explore the Gorge du Verdon.
Outdoors & Activities for Families
The Gorge du Verdon is the longest and deepest canyon in Europe, indeed, France's own Grand Canyon. The road provides a helter-skelter trip along the narrow Gorge with towering cliffs on either side and the Verdon tumbling, sometimes far below, sometimes right beside you.
Eventually you will reach the viewpoint overlooking the stunningly blue Lac de Sainte-Croix. Descend to the lake and hire a pedalo or a rowboat. If the kids can keep their excitement under control long enough keep a look out for the rare and colourful bird life to be found on the lake.
Other bird life to be discovered in the area are the Griffon vultures reintroduced and now thriving in the region. You can't mistake these birds as their size alone makes them stand out; with a wingspan of nearly 3m you can easily spot them wheeling high in the sparkling blue sky.
There are many walks in this area along with canoeing, mountain biking, and canyoning.
Find a Villa in Haute Provence
We have a selection of holiday properties for rent in this area. Click the button below to view our range of holiday villas and other property rentals in the Haute-Provence area.
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Featured Holiday Homes in Haute-Provence
- 6 bedrooms, sleeps 12
A restored and extremely comfortable provencal Mas set in the heart of the beautiful Luberon offering the best of modern amenities combined with old provencal charm. Furnished to a very high standard the house is perfect for families or groups of friends alike. 6 bedrooms / 6 bathrooms. Sleeps 12.
- 4 bedrooms, sleeps 8
Morningside, located in Bandol in Provence, is the perfect villa for families, thanks to the private swimming pool and gated garden. Being only a 5-minute walk from the heart of the town, this property is ideal for families or groups looking to relax to the fullest.
- 7 bedrooms, sleeps 16
Villa Romantic is just as the name suggests - a very romantic and beautiful hilltop Provençal-style Mas with separate cottage dating back to 1820. This property provides charm and comfort, but the main attraction is the stunning roman-style private swimming pool.
- 5 bedrooms, sleeps 10
This spacious property has been newly decorated and furnished in a luxury typical Provencal style. From its perched position surrounded by orchards and vineyards it offers far-reaching views over the surrounding picturesque villages of Bonnieux, Roussillon, Lacoste, and to the distant Mont Ventoux.
- 7 bedrooms, sleeps 16
A beautiful old converted stone farmhouse with heavenly uninterrupted views over the Luberon hills. Sleeps 10 in 5 bedrooms/5 bathrooms of the main house and 4-6 in the small house adjoining. Large heated swimming pool (12m x 8m), a tennis court and beautiful quiet lawned terraces with shady trees.
- 2 bedrooms, sleeps 4
Light and spacious first floor apartment offering lovely views of the Luberon Valley. Large, secure garden perfect for children and pets. Private, heated pool. Parking. Easy walking distance into village with all services and shops. All the ingredients for a perfect holiday in Provence!
- 3 bedrooms, sleeps 8
Villa Occitane is a luxury villa located on the Pont Royal Golf and Country Club, boasting a private swimming pool, internet, satellite TV and a beautiful garden to sit and relax in. With 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, this is the ideal place for a family or group of friends to enjoy their holiday together.
- 7 bedrooms, sleeps 13
Gorgeous, traditional-style provencal manoir renovated to a high standard and set in its own gated grounds. Heated pool. Spacious living both inside and outside, just three minutes drive to village of Salernes. Superb venue for weddings of up to 100 guests.
- 3 bedrooms, sleeps 6
Villa with 3 bedrooms and private pool just 0.5km from the village of Ste Anastasie sur Issole, it is approached via a lane which runs through wooded hills laced with vineyards. The hillside setting of the villa is tranquil and uncrowded; ten or so villas nestling amongst the trees.
- 2 bedrooms, sleeps 4
L'Appartement Chabaud is a fully renovated and refurbished apartment set within Le Prieuré, an 18th Century former silk factory and Priory. This apartment with shared heated pool is just a 5 minute walk to shops and restaurants although remains very secluded.
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