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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Champtercier is a village in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence region in the Provence-Alpes-Côtes d'Azur region of France.

The commune is bordering on Digne-les-Bains, to the east, but from the small village to the center of the prefecture town of the department, it is necessary to travel about ten kilometers.

The village of Champtercier is on average mountain of Provence, at 700 m of altitude, but its highlight is the peak of Oise (1,140 m). It is on this summit that a first village community was established in the Middle Ages around a defensive castrum, and then the population descended into the valley to enjoy more fertile farmland.

Agriculture, a few craft and service establishments and henceforth tourism, are the dominant poles of the village economy, which has nearly 800 inhabitants.

Its authentic character, its environment and its cultural vitality (around the tradition of the art of the santon) make Champtercier a welcome step.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude44.0942090 (N 44° 5’ 39”)
Longitude6.1616090 (E 6° 9’ 42”)
AltitudeFrom 587m to 1140m
Surface area18.31 km²
Population820 inhabitants
Density44 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureDigne-les-Bains (5.9 mi, 15 min)
Insee code04047
IntercommunalityCA Provence-Alpes-Agglomération
TerritoryAlps, Provence
RegionProvence-Alps-French Riviera

Nearest cities & towns

Barras4.8 mi (19 min)
Digne-les-Bains5.9 mi (14 min)
Aiglun6.2 mi (14 min)
Le Chaffaut-Saint-Jurson6.3 mi (14 min)
Mallemoisson6.5 mi (15 min)
Thoard6.8 mi (19 min)
Mirabeau8.4 mi (18 min)
Marcoux9.8 mi (20 min)
Châteauredon10.4 mi (19 min)
Le Castellard-Mélan10.4 mi (28 min)
Malijai11.2 mi (19 min)
Hautes-Duyes11.6 mi (30 min)
Entrages11.7 mi (28 min)
Mézel11.9 mi (21 min)
La Robine-sur-Galabre12.1 mi (27 min)

Things to see and do

In terms of heritage, a visit to the Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption church is advised. Fragile by an earthquake in 1887, it was rebuilt in the following years. You will notice its nave ceiling and a decor of a great sobriety. However, a picture representing the Holy Family of the seventeenth century and a cross of procession were noted. The bell-tower in the shape of a square tower next to the building, on the level of the choir, dates from the previous church (XVIIth).

Another object classified but preserved this time in town hall, a copper cauldron of the seventeenth century or the eighteenth which was used to cook the beans distributed to the faithful on the day of Pentecost. Information on +33 4 92 31 10 37.

We will continue with a short walk through the narrow streets (sometimes staircases) of this Provencal village where the climate can be rough in winter, we will appreciate the charm of blue-washed houses, covered passages connecting houses, and some elements of Small heritage (wash house, fountain).

In the gardens and fields, fig trees and olive trees testify to the cultures of yesteryear, but the vine has disappeared since the Second World War.

For hiking enthusiasts, the village (with a panoramic view of the neighboring mountains), its territory (mostly covered by forests) and its surroundings, are rich in paths and trails allowing to apprehend a preserved fauna and flora.

On Champtercier itself, an ATV circuit was built. Information: +33 (0) 4 92 31 10 37. For hiking, many possibilities are offered, including Mount Chiran that the trails of Gassendi (4.5 km long), allow to discover. They are thus baptized in homage to Pierre Gassendi (1592-1655), born in the village, historian, physicist and astronomer who appreciated the quality of the night sky in this region...

For other routes, brochures and information, call +33 4 92 31 10 37 or +33 4 92 36 62 62. It is prudent in this mountainous area to find out about the weather forecast and terrain.

In another area, symbolic of the local cultural tradition, a visit to the workshop of one of the last clay sculptors and master craftsmen santonniers seems inescapable. For further information, please call +33 4 92 31 43 28.

Places of interest

Natural sites

Events and festivities

On the first Saturday of July, the Rencontres Musicales program several concerts (rock, variety) in a convivial atmosphere. Free entry. For further information, please call +33 6 52 10 35 61.

The second weekend of August, the village festival takes place over three days and offers fun and musical entertainment, traditional meals and fireworks. Information on +33 6 62 04 96 67.

But the biggest annual meeting of the commune is its fair to the Santons of the Haut Pays Provençal which is held every year from the last Saturday of November and lasts a ten days. Offering exhibitions of santons of yesteryear or today, traditional crèches or elsewhere but also fairy tales and concerts, the fair has more than 30 years of existence...


Thursday 20 july
Min. 16°C - Max. 30°C
Friday 21 july
Min. 17°C - Max. 34°C
Saturday 22 july
Min. 19°C - Max. 34°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Guided tour of an olive oil mill
Local flavoursFreeLes Mées (11.6 mi)
Balloon flight on the Verdon Park
Nature and the great outdoors145 € to 1260 € Puimoisson (16.1 mi)
Hired electric bikes delivered to your door
Sports sensations12 € to 150 € Sigonce (17.3 mi)
Visit a saffron and red fruit farm
Local flavoursFreeNoyers-sur-Jabron (18.5 mi)
Hot Air Balloon Flight over Provence
Nature and the great outdoors229 € Forcalquier (21 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Walk in the old center
HikeEasy1h05Digne-les-Bains (3.5 mi)
The Walking Museum
HikeEasy25 minDigne-les-Bains (3.5 mi)
Bells of Barles
HikeIntermediate4h30La Robine-sur-Galabre (6 mi)
Tour of Volonne Lake
HikeEasy2h15Volonne (7.4 mi)
Olive tree path
HikeEasy1h30Estoublon (10.5 mi)


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