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Colmars

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

Colmars - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
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Located 1,250 metres above sea level on the banks of the turbulent Verdon river, the medieval fortified village of Colmars is full of picturesque charm. Old Colmars is surrounded by ramparts and reached through one of three fortified gateways. It is a lovely place for a wander with streets lined with tall houses, Saint-Martin church, Provençal Gothic chapels, pretty fountains and a rampart walk.

Outside the walls, two late 17th-century forts watch over the village. One of them, the Fort de Savoie, is open to visitors in July and August.

In the second weekend of August, Colmars holds a particularly lively medieval festival that takes residents and tourists on a journey back to the time of the knights!

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Colmars

Ten kilometers south of the sources of the Verdon, Colmars is a commune of the Mercantour National Park. It is all the sun of Provence with the richness of the alpine flora and fauna.

Located 70 km from Digne-les-Bains, 160 km from Nice and 180 km from Marseille.

Things to see and do

Colmars is characterized by its beautiful classic military architecture. Several stages of fortification in the fourteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Historic Sites: The ramparts with the round path and the House-Museum. The Fort de France and the Fort de Savoie (forts Vauban).

Church of Saint Martin (17th century altarpiece). Chapel of Saint Joseph.

Natural sites: Cascade de la Lance. Lakes of Lignin.

Mountain village bordered by the tumultuous waters of the Verdon, Colmars-les-Alpes, commune of the Mercantour National Park, enjoys an extremely rich and preserved nature.

Do not miss the visit of the House-Museum, which tells the heritage of Haut-Verdon. The entrance is located at Place Neuve: first visit the bourgeois house, then the whole round walk with various themes (history with Vauban then different wars, fauna and a rich collection of butterflies Of Dany Lartigue, the shepherd's hut, the flora and its small garden...). 17 places to enjoy on your own, open in the afternoon from mid-June to mid-September.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Monuments
Natural sites

Events and festivities

Many events enliven the seasons:

June: Feast of St. John the Baptist: The Colmarsiens are very attached to the feast of their patron saint, which combines religion (offices, pilgrimage, fire of Saint John), Military Tradition (parades firefighters dressed Napoleon III) and purely festive events (dances, playground, picnic).

2nd Sunday of August and the previous Saturday: Medieval Festival. Back in past centuries. The soldiers are working on camps. Troubadours, jugglers, fire-eaters and other mingle with beggars, wenches and noble knights. Costumed parades, medieval banquet, fireworks are among the highlights of these days.

October: The Escapades: Vigil old.

October: Autumn Leaves Festival (book festival). Meet the authors, signings discussions in cafes.

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Village of Colmars in autumn colors
Village of Colmars in autumn colors
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Door of Savoy
Door of Savoy
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Fountain
Fountain
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Facade of a house
Facade of a house
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Verdon River
Verdon River
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Village walls
Village walls
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Stairs of the fort of Savoy
Stairs of the fort of Savoy
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Fort of Savoie
Fort of Savoie
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Fort of Savoie
Fort of Savoie
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Snow on the heights of Colmars
Snow on the heights of Colmars
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House-Museum - Penitents
House-Museum - Penitents
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House-Museum - Lift
House-Museum - Lift
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House-Museum - Classroom
House-Museum - Classroom
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House-Museum - Tribute to the poilus of 14-18
House-Museum - Tribute to the poilus of 14-18
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Many trails from the different villages of the valley.

Gorges de Saint-Pierre Beauvezer.

Lac d'Allos.

Restaurants

Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals

Campsites

Hotels

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