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

Volonne is a small picturesque village situated on the Route Napoleon. Volonne is on the left bank of the Durance, clinging to a rocky outcrop surrounded by orchards and beautiful landscapes.

Strolling through the narrow streets of the village you can admire the beautiful old houses with beautiful medieval gates (Central Street). You will soon be under the spell of the typical Provencal atmosphere that reigns at Volonne.

You can not miss next to the town hall, the fortified 17th century castle with its grand staircase decorated with plasterwork. The street Vière you will discover the "Path of rounds" on the old ramparts.

By taking the path called "two towers" that leads to the clock tower and then to the watchtower, you'll have a wonderful view of the entire village and part of the Durance valley.

North of the village, you can visit the remains of Saint-Martin, who witnessed the early Romanesque art from the 11th century, and the former priory of Saint-Jean Taravon, further north in the direction of Sisteron.

Geographical information

Latitude44.1111980 (N 44° 6’ 40”)
Longitude6.0137110 (E 6° 0’ 49”)
AltitudeFrom 433m to 1244m
Surface area24.61 km²
Population1718 inhabitants
Density69 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureDigne-les-Bains (28 km, 30 min)
Insee code04244
IntercommunalityCC de la Moyenne-Durance
TerritoryAlps, Provence
RegionProvence-Alps-French Riviera

Nearest cities & towns

Château-Arnoux-Saint-Auban3 km (7 min)
L'Escale3.6 km (7 min)
Aubignosc5.2 km (8 min)
Sourribes5.4 km (11 min)
Peipin7.2 km (10 min)
Salignac8 km (12 min)
Montfort8.3 km (14 min)
Malijai8.6 km (12 min)
Châteauneuf-Val-Saint-Donat10.1 km (14 min)
Sisteron12.3 km (14 min)
Peyruis12.7 km (16 min)
Entrepierres13.3 km (18 min)
Bevons15.2 km (20 min)
Ganagobie16.5 km (23 min)

Things to see and do

The Church of St. Martin in the 11th century - Classified Historical Monument (MHC). It is a monument of the Romanesque Primitive. The Church of St. Martin is a building of basilica consists of a nave and two aisles of five bays. The basic materials used for its construction are limestone, sandstone and pebbles Durance. It is preserved essentially in its original structure. She has survived the centuries by undergoing turn violations of religious wars (burnt in the late 16th century) and then it was abandoned in favor of Notre Dame in the early 17th century.

The old priory of Saint-Jean Taravon - Registered Historic Monument (MHI). The old priory of Saint-Jean Taravon is entered by order of January 30, 1992, with the additional inventory of Historic Monuments (MHI).

The old castle - a historic monument and Submission (MHC - MHI). The old castle (Grand VIP lounge and decor) is listed as an historic monument by decree of September 8, 1987 (MHI). The hall, the staircase (decorated in 1647.1656: Mannerist decor) and its cage with its decoration of plasterwork are classified as an historic monument by decree of December 14, 1992 (MHC).

See also: The Watchtower - Aqueduct - The Church of Our Lady of Rooms - The Way Round - The oil mill.

Places of interest


Events and festivities

The third weekend in July 2015 : 200th anniversary of Napoleon's passage Volonne ! Passage of Reconstruction by Malijai, Escale, Volonne Sisteron and Napoleon with his troops and cavalry. Camp at Volonne expected July 18, 2015 !


Eglise Saint -Martin - Listed monument
Eglise Saint -Martin - Listed monument
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airline from the main entrance of the town
airline from the main entrance of the town
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Round Way
Round Way
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oil mill
oil mill
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Interior of the Church of St. Martin - Listed monument
Interior of the Church of St. Martin - Listed monument
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Door Central Street
Door Central Street
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Ballroom Decor - hall of the Municipal Council
Ballroom Decor - hall of the Municipal Council
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Napoleon crossing Reconstitution
Napoleon crossing Reconstitution
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Sunday 24 september
Min. 8°C - Max. 26°C
Monday 25 september
Min. 9°C - Max. 23°C
Tuesday 26 september
Min. 10°C - Max. 22°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Hired electric bikes delivered to your door
Sports sensations10 € to 140 € Sigonce (18.7 km)
Hot Air Balloon Flight over Provence
Nature and the great outdoors217 € Forcalquier (25 km)
Donkey trek in Hautes Alpes
Nature and the great outdoors40 € to 330 € Éourres (27 km)
Tandem paragliding around Banon
Sports sensations75 € Banon (32 km)
Bicycle hire between Verdon and Luberon
Sports sensations12 € Manosque (36 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Tour of Volonne Lake
Tour of the old village
HikeEasy2h00Châteauneuf-Val-Saint-Donat (5.5 km)
Summit and Ridges of Lure via Notre-Dame
HikeAthletic7h00Cruis (15.2 km)
Bells of Barles
HikeIntermediate4h30La Robine-sur-Galabre (17.6 km)
Olive tree path
HikeEasy1h30Estoublon (23 km)


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