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

Châteauneuf-Val-Saint-Donat - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Village located at the foot of the southern slope of the Lure mountain, in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Châteauneuf-Val-Saint-Donat takes place at about thirty kilometers from Digne-les-Bains, on the edges of the former royal road that used to go from Apt to Embrun. It is located not far from Sisteron, a few kilometers from the Durance and Château-Arnoux, and near the Luberon Regional Natural Park.

Set amidst fields of wheat, olive and lavender, the town alternates between wooded landscapes and green expanses, offering an idyllic setting for a holiday. Formerly territory of the Sogiontiques, it develops quietly over the centuries and the vagaries of history, illustrating during the Second World War with the formation of a maquis. Long focused on agriculture, the city of Châteauneuf-Val-Saint-Donat now has four AOCs including one for the lavender essential oil of Haute-Provence and the banon, and nine PGIs, especially for the small spelled, the honey of Provence or the lamb of Sisteron.

Geographical information

Latitude44.0944880 (N 44° 5’ 40”)
Longitude5.9491290 (E 5° 56’ 57”)
AltitudeFrom 480m to 1458m
Surface area21.10 km²
Population522 inhabitants
Density24 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureDigne-les-Bains (21 mi, 36 min)
Insee code04053
IntercommunalityCC Jabron-Lure-Vançon-Durance
TerritoryAlps, Provence
RegionProvence-Alps-French Riviera

Nearest cities & towns

Peipin3 mi (7 min)
Aubignosc3.2 mi (8 min)
Mallefougasse-Augès4.5 mi (10 min)
Montfort5.1 mi (19 min)
Peyruis5.8 mi (17 min)
Les Mées5.8 mi (18 min)
Volonne6.3 mi (14 min)
Château-Arnoux-Saint-Auban6.8 mi (13 min)
Sisteron7.9 mi (15 min)
Cruis8.1 mi (18 min)
Ganagobie8.1 mi (24 min)
L'Escale8.1 mi (17 min)
Salignac9.1 mi (18 min)
Sourribes9.5 mi (23 min)

Things to see and do

Listed in the Historical Monuments, the chapel Sainte-Madeleine dates from the twelfth century. Isolated, it is entirely in white stone and takes place in the middle of the forest, offering delicately to the visiting hikers. Restored at the end of the 17th century before welcoming hermits, it was later abandoned and sold as Bien National in 1793. Restored in the 1960s, it now has a lauze roof and a facade with an arch discharge and a bull's-eye funnel.

During your walks, you will be able to appreciate some vestiges of Bories, old shelters of shepherd in stone and in the shape of round hut, as well as old sheep-folds in dry stone. Do not miss to admire the ruins of the Notre-Dame-de-l'Etoile church which served as the priory of the Digne chapter, or the church of the Exaltation-of-the-Holy-Cross of the eighteenth century.

The town has retained some portions of the royal road of the late eighteenth century, not far from Montfort, and the ruins of the old castle which remains the base of the late fifteenth. During your wanderings, you will see the wash-house of Plait-Dieu near a Gallo-Roman establishment and built in the second half of the nineteenth century.

Several trails for hiking, mountain biking or horseback can appreciate the fauna and flora, and from the top of the ridges, it is possible to enjoy a breathtaking view of the valley of Mées, the Valensole plateau and the Gap Basin.

Events and festivities

A flea market is organized every 1st May and 15th August.

Concerts are offered as part of the Festival of Music in June.


Pastoralism in the village
Pastoralism in the village
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A borie drystone
A borie drystone
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The Mill
The Mill
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The laundry of Plaidieu
The laundry of Plaidieu
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Oratory of Jas Bides (1690)
Oratory of Jas Bides (1690)
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St Anthony of Padua Oratory
St Anthony of Padua Oratory
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The shed of an olive grove
The shed of an olive grove
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Monday 28 september
Min. 2°C - Max. 20°C
Tuesday 29 september
Min. 5°C - Max. 24°C
Wednesday 30 september
Min. 6°C - Max. 24°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Guided tour of an olive oil mill
Local flavoursFreeLes Mées (5.5 mi)
Hired electric bikes delivered to your door
Sports sensations12 € to 150 € Sigonce (8.6 mi)
Visit a saffron and red fruit farm
Local flavoursFreeNoyers-sur-Jabron (8.8 mi)
Donkey trek in Hautes Alpes
Nature and the great outdoors40 € to 330 € Éourres (14.7 mi)
Tandem paraglider flight around Banon
Sports sensations75 € Banon (16.4 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Tour of the old village
Tour of Volonne Lake
HikeEasy2h15Volonne (3.4 mi)
Summit and Ridges of Lure via Notre-Dame
HikeAthletic7h00Cruis (6 mi)
The Walking Museum
HikeEasy25 minDigne-les-Bains (13.9 mi)
Walk in the old center
HikeEasy1h05Digne-les-Bains (14 mi)


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