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Gréoux-les-Bains

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

Gréoux-les-Bains - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
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Described by the writer Jean Giono as "Verdon's romantic oasis", the pleasant spa and health resort of Gréoux-les-Bains, situated in Verdon Regional Nature Park (Parc Naturel Régional du Verdon), is famous for the beneficial, healing properties of its water. The Thermes Troglodytes thermal baths, located next to a large shady park, offers medical treatments, as well as fitness and relaxation programmes.

But Gréoux-les-Bains is also a picturesque old village dominated by the imposing Château des Templars where regular art exhibitions and, in summer, shows are put on.

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Gréoux-les-Bains

Gréoux-les-Bains is a municipality of the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, in the region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, 15 km southeast of Manosque, the confines of the departments of Vaucluse and the Var.

Excertached from 268 to 571 m altitude, between Luberon to the West and Massif des Alpes to the west, covered with 60% of forests, the territory of the locality is crossed by the course of the Verdon who throws some kilometers downstream in the duration.

Inhabited from prehistory and renowned for its thermal baths from ancient times, Gréoux-les-Bains has developed on a mound that dominates a castle of the twelfth century. Powerful seigneurie erected in Barony then in Marquisat, the city that has nearly 2700 inhabitants has always reconciled thermal vocation and agriculture (it remains a reference in terms of olive oil, viticulture and sheep farming has been preserved)..

In the heart of a popular area of ​​green tourism enthusiasts, Gréoux-les-Bains offers a quality recreation offer, which one visits the city or staying there as a curiste or vacationer. A must-see step near the famous Gorges du Verdon (upstream).

Things to see and do

The village perched to the picturesque alleys presents charming pace of postcard. At the option of a walk, we will notice some remains of the old ramparts.

But it is first of all the castle attributed to the Templars, whose oldest bases date back in the twelfth century, which dominates the city, which constitutes the starting point of a circuit discovery of the heritage. Classified as early as 1840, the building at the imposing silhouette belonged to the Counts of Provence and then at the Order of Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem. Now property of the municipality, it is composed of a speaker with a round tower and a square dungeon closing a courtyard. Purpose of a long catering campaign, the castle houses in season shows outdoor shows and welcomes exhibitions in the rooms open to the public.

Other architectural testimonies are to be seen: the castle of Rousset, in particular, which dominates the duration, on the other side of the locality, dating from the 15th and 17th centuries, restored at the end of the nineteenth and houses of classified works, As a picture of the fifteenth and a painting by Philippe de Champaigne in his chapel (17th). It is the now headquarters of a large wine estate. Information at +33 4 92 72 62 49.

In the historical heart of the city again, in addition to old dwellings prior to the revolution and the colorful facades, we will visit with interest the Church Notre-Dame-des-Ormeaux, formerly in the center of a priory. If the bell tower dates from 1830, the building contains elements of the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries and has been restored in the 1970s. His Gothic choir, the many works of art he houses (an "Assomption" Jacques Macadré, a painting of Honoré Morenon and a splendid altarpiece, all of the seventeenth) are remarkable.

On the left bank of the Verdon (the historic village being located on the right bank), at the hamlet of Aurade, to see also, the astonishing Chapel Notre-Dame-des-Eggs (raised in the 17th century bases, And partly restored in 1960): married women were once in pilgrimage to prevent sterility and, as ex-voto, deposited eggs in the niches of the choir.

Then place the famous thermal baths that have made the celebrity of the locality. Formerly troglodytes, now sheltered in a contemporary antique style building, they are appreciated by the curisteners for their warm waters that treat rheumatism and respiratory conditions. The site also offers wellness equipment (spa), and has a pleasant park. Information at +33 4 92 70 40 00.

As it is tradition in the spa cities, Gréoux-les-Bains has a casino. This one was arranged in an old mansion, the Villa des Jarres. Outside games, shows are programmed there. Information at 04 92 78 00.

Come leisure and culture again, the cinema "Ecociné Verdon" is classified Art and essay and offers its usual programming of the exclusive screening of the film "Verdon Secret" which allows to discover dramatically the Canyon du Verdon. The cinema is housed in the congress center where shows (theater, dance, concerts) are also organized. Information at +33 4 92 79 82 18.

In addition to the media library where animations (literary workshops, authors meetings, readings) are proposed (information at +33 4 92 70 48 20), Gréoux-les-Bains has two museums in one...

The first is devoted to "stained glass and art trades". In addition to collections of works and models, introductory internships in the art of stained glass, mosaic or sculpture are proposed. Open Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursday and every day for groups. Price: 6 and 7.50 euros. INFORMATION TO +33 6 84 62 71 23.

Founded in 2001, the museum of dolls, miniatures and toys of the world is a pleasure for the whole family. The collections have real works of art while inviting a "trip to the imaginary". Open from April to October on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Price: 6 and 7.50 euros. Contact at +33 6 84 62 71 23.

In terms of sports leisure and "nature", the town is very rich too.

In the Park du Du Château Laval and its 20 hectares, the Canyon Park offers exclaimed routes. INFORMATION TO +33 6 75 22 39 89.

To combine idleness and swimming, the Colombier's pool is open from June to September and has areas shaded outdoors. Price: 2,60 and 3.60 euros. Information at +33 4 92 78 19 33.

For a portion of tennis, it is necessary to book a short from the local club on +33 4 92 75 41 95. We will not forget the BMX track for the intrepid bike... Attach on +33 6 29 84 37 27.

On the banks of the Verdon, the municipality also arranged a multi-purpose track accessible to both wheels and people with reduced mobility, in a green landscape frame, as well as an outdoor fitness area.

The hilly and green areas of the municipality whose territory is vast by nearly 70 km² without counting its immediate surroundings (Gorges du Verdon, Lakes) are finally a paradise for hiking enthusiasts. Note that circuits dedicated to families on a playful mode have been arranged (the Randioland). Courses also include exceptional natural sites such as the caves of San Sebastián. Maps and information at +33 4 92 78 01 08.

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Events and festivities

Exhibition: The Bouquets of Lucien Jacques
Open-air Conference/Workshop "Practical Geobiology"
CANCELLED-Les Boucles du Verdon 2021

Photos

A street in the upper village (© JE)
A street in the upper village (© JE)
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Village of Gréoux-les-Bains
Village of Gréoux-les-Bains
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Upper fountain, near the town hall (© JE)
Upper fountain, near the town hall (© JE)
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Panorama from the Manosque road (© Jean Espirat)
Panorama from the Manosque road (© Jean Espirat)
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The town hall and the upper fountain (© JE)
The town hall and the upper fountain (© JE)
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Templar castle, seen from the upper town (© JE)
Templar castle, seen from the upper town (© JE)
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North-West Tower and entrance gate to the Templar castle (© JE)
North-West Tower and entrance gate to the Templar castle (© JE)
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South Tower -West, outside the Templar castle (© JE)
South Tower -West, outside the Templar castle (© JE)
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Fountains and ponds, in front of the spa establishment (© JE)
Fountains and ponds, in front of the spa establishment (© JE)
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Château de Rousset
Château de Rousset
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The Templar castle, seen from the road to Manosque (© JE)
The Templar castle, seen from the road to Manosque (© JE)
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Bell tower of the Notre-Dame des Ormeaux church (© JE)
Bell tower of the Notre-Dame des Ormeaux church (© JE)
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North facade of the Templar castle (© JE)
North facade of the Templar castle (© JE)
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Notre-Dame des Ormeaux church (© JE)
Notre-Dame des Ormeaux church (© JE)
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Nave of Notre-Dame des Ormeaux (© JE)
Nave of Notre-Dame des Ormeaux (© JE)
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Virgin and Child, in the church (© JE)
Virgin and Child, in the church (© JE)
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Statue of Saint Sebastian, in the church (© JE)
Statue of Saint Sebastian, in the church (© JE)
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Portal d ' entrance to the Templar castle (© JE)
Portal d ' entrance to the Templar castle (© JE)
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Panorama South-East, from the Templar castle (© JE)
Panorama South-East, from the Templar castle (© JE)
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Another street in the upper village (© JE)
Another street in the upper village (© JE)
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Fountain at the central crossroads (© JE)
Fountain at the central crossroads (© JE)
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Casino park (© JE)
Casino park (© JE)
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Place your bets! (© JE)
Place your bets! (© JE)
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Facade of the thermal baths (© JE)
Facade of the thermal baths (© JE)
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Post-cure rest room (© JE)
Post-cure rest room (© JE)
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Access to the troglodyte thermal baths (© JE)
Access to the troglodyte thermal baths (© JE)
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Le Verdon
Le Verdon
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Le Verdon
Le Verdon
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