Departement of the Alpes de Haute Provence - Pop.: 150 inh.
21 km from Sisteron, take the D951 and then the D1 for 3 km.
Clamensane is built on a slope on top of a rocky ridge, overlooking the plain where the Sasse river flows, and makes you feel somewhat giddy. You'll certainly need good strong calf muscles to climb up its steeply sloping main street, but you'll be rewarded by the wonderful view of the valley, over the old Roman tile roofs.
With a mixed bunch of houses, some of which have been abandoned, a fine bell tower built from pink stone, and several stone-built barns just waiting to be restored, Clamensane definitely has a lot of charm.
You won't be disturbed by the neighbours, consisting of a few retirees, some sleepy dogs, and pecking hens... No doubt you'll come across a tractor loaded with hay, and you'll be able to buy some truly fresh eggs, laid that very morning!
What to see:
The Ancient Mill of the Gypière.
Horse riding. Archery. Aerial sports. Hiking. Fishing.
The "sentier des Contes" (Counts' path) starting from Clamensane:
"les loups de Saint Amand" (the wolves of Saint Amand), 3 days of hiking, a real adventure to enjoy with the family.
All you have to do is buy the "magic booklet" (30 euros) and off you go on a journey to "the country where rocks talk"!
Information from the tourist office at la Motte du Caire.