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Thorame-Haute

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

Very extensive, Thorame-Haute extends on not less than 11,000 hectares. Built at the foot of the Chamatte peak at 2081 meters above sea level, the town is surrounded by three other mountain massifs. The territory is home to a remarkable natural area, totally preserved, rich in fauna and flora as wild as beautiful. The commune is crossed by two rivers, the Verdon and the Vaïre, and a multitude of streams meander on the side of mountain. Among the most important, the Riou and the riou of Ondres. The municipality consists of different hamlets including that of Thorame-Haute station. This stop is located on the line of the famous Pignes train linking Nice to Digne. Thorame-Haute is also home to three villages: La Colle-Saint-Michel, Ondres and Peyresq. The places have been inhabited since Prehistory. From the thirteenth century onwards, the territory was the property of seigniorial families which succeeded each other until 1789. It was at this time that Thorame-Haute separated from Thorame-Basse, forming two distinct communes. Today, the village is a summer and winter resort much appreciated by nature lovers.

Geographical information

MunicipalityThorame-Haute
Postcode04170
Tourism label
Latitude44.0967010 (N 44° 5’ 48”)
Longitude6.5546870 (E 6° 33’ 17”)
AltitudeFrom 971m to 2682m
Surface area108.35 km²
Population237 inhabitants
Density2 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureDigne-les-Bains (37 mi, 57 min)
Insee code04219
IntercommunalityCC Alpes-Provence-Verdon "sources de Lumière"
DepartmentAlpes-de-Haute-Provence
TerritoryAlps, Provence
RegionProvence-Alps-French Riviera

Nearest cities & towns

Thorame-Basse2.9 mi (5 min)
Beauvezer4.5 mi (11 min)
Villars-Colmars6.6 mi (14 min)
Colmars7.9 mi (16 min)
La Mure-Argens9.9 mi (20 min)
Allons10.6 mi (22 min)
Lambruisse10.7 mi (21 min)
Saint-André-les-Alpes11.2 mi (22 min)
Allos12.4 mi (24 min)
Le Fugeret13.3 mi (32 min)
Moriez13.4 mi (25 min)
Val d'Allos13.9 mi (29 min)
Le Seignus14 mi (27 min)
Méailles14.5 mi (35 min)
Angles15.7 mi (33 min)

Things to see and do

The Colle-Saint-Michel ski resort welcomes you for winter Nordic skiing. You can go snowshoeing or cross-country skiing in a postcard decor covered with a thick snowpack. The particularity of this site, besides a wild area and preserved of a rare beauty, lies in the absence of ski lifts. 35 km of slopes are at your disposal. And for an unusual evening, you can spend the night in a refuge in the heart of the slopes. The circuits crossing the pastures present different levels of difficulty adapted to both beginners and experienced skiers.

The beautiful season has made the snow disappear and the landscape unveils inviting you to follow its trails for unforgettable hiking. The high mountain fauna combines with a unique flora to make your walks exceptional. Lovers of fishing can dive their lines in the Verdon. Farios and rainbow trouts are the main fish you will find in these white waters. Do not forget to bring your fishing license. Finally, three mountain bike circuits are at your disposal on the territory. Short, easy or long and technical loops await both novice and experienced mountain bikers.

Places of interest

Leisure centres
Monuments

Events and festivities

At the end of July and beginning of August, Thorame-Haute celebrates a weekend of lavender and bread. In traditional costume, the inhabitants distill the lavender in a still still out of another time. This is the occasion for a festive and fragrant day. The next day, for the feast of bread, the communal oven is restarted for the occasion. The days are punctuated by traditional songs and dances.

For Saint Julien, August 21 and 22, the village organizes its patronal festival. On the program, competitions of ball, procession, laughter and music with the grand ball will animate these two festive days. Children's games occupy the youngest during the festivities.

Pentecost Monday is the occasion of the pilgrimage of the flower. Originating from a local legend dating back to the 15th century, this procession pays tribute to the Virgin Mary who offered a flower gathered in the Garden of Heaven to a pious peasant.

Weather

Monday 17 july
Min. 12°C - Max. 26°C
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Tuesday 18 july
Min. 13°C - Max. 28°C
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Wednesday 19 july
Min. 13°C - Max. 28°C
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Rafting in the Verdon gorges
Sports sensations35 € to 55 € Castellane (17.3 mi)
Canyoning or Rafting in the Verdon Gorges
Sports sensations40 € to 70 € Castellane (17.4 mi)
Rafting on the Verdon
Sports sensations40 € to 75 € Castellane (17.5 mi)
Rafting in the Verdon Gorges
Sports sensations35 € to 70 € Castellane (17.6 mi)
Sporty or family rafting, kayaking or aqua trekking
Sports sensations35 € Puget-Théniers (19.5 mi)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Sandstone Annot and King's Chamber
HikeEasy2h30Annot (10.6 mi)
Plateau of St. Barnaby
HikeEasy1h00Saint-Martin-d'Entraunes (10.7 mi)
Tour of the lakes
HikeIntermediate3h30Entraunes (14.5 mi)
Walk in the old center
HikeEasy1h05Digne-les-Bains (16.1 mi)
The Walking Museum
HikeEasy25 minDigne-les-Bains (16.2 mi)

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Hotels

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