Château-Arnoux / Saint-Auban
Departement of the Alpes de Haute Provence - Pop.: 5.200 inh.
Coming from Aix en Provence, take the A51 in the direction of Sisteron, exit at Peyruis.
Château-Arnoux / Saint-Auban is situated on the right bank of the Durance. The two villages -Château-Arnoux to the east and Saint-Auban to the west - are grouped together to form one settlement.
Château-Arnoux/Saint-Auban is today the fourth largest town in the department with more than 5000 inhabitants. You will discover a lively commercial centre offering numerous practical services including leisure and sporting activities.
Château-Arnoux is lucky to have the Durance river crossing its territory as it forms a small lake, thanks to the Escale barrage. You can enjoy some pleasant and refreshing walks in the area, which is also an important bird-watching site.
You can visit the chateau built between 1510 and 1530 by Pierre de Glandevès, and admire the 4 towers (round in the west and square in the east) and its sprial staircase. The chateau is decorated in Renaissance style with its windows "à meneaux" and gargoyles on the roof. Today it houses the town-hall.
Visitors will enjoy taking a stroll in the park around the chateau and will discover nearby the "Ferme de Font-Robert" (the ancient farm of the chateau dating back to the 16th century).
From the look-out point of the Saint-Jean chapel, 2 km from the centre of Château-Arnoux via the N96, you will have a splendid view of the Lure mountain, the Durance
and Sisteron valley, the Escale barrage with the foothills of Digne in the background.
Saint Auban is home to the prestigious national gliding centre. With an international reputation, the centre hosted the world gliding championships in 1997.
In another domain entirely, Saint-Auban is the site of the vast industrial chemical complex (Elf-Atochem) which has contributed to the economic development of the region.
What to see:
Chateau built by Pierre de Glandevès aat the beginning of the 16th century.
Ferme de Font-Robert (ancient farm of the chateau).
Chapelle Saint-Jean (1667).
Hiking, mountain biking.
Swimming pool. Tennis. Fishing. Sports stadium.
Aerodrome and gliding centre.
Photo exhibition in February.
Plastic art exhibition in November.
Jazz festival and summer events in June and July.
Sunday morning market.
Holiday rentals. Furnished apartments.