Departement of the Alpes de Haute Provence - Pop.: 400 inh.
From Digne take the D900 and then the D22.
This small village set against a spectacular cliff stratified with black marl clay lies slightly above the level of the Bléone's plain, which has been cultivated since the time of the Gallo-Romans!
A superb panorama of the surrounding summits can be enjoyed from the village: peaks of Couard, Cheval Blanc, Trois Évêques and Blayeul.
Park under the chestnut trees on the square, and you're ready for a little tour of Marcoux: two streets and some stairways off to the sides, a kitchen garden where tomatoes grow, roughcast house fronts brightened with blue and yellow shutters, a pile of wood waiting for winter in a barn, a few impressive modern houses, with flower-filled gardens shaded by fig trees or lime trees, where the inevitable barbecue has pride of place...
Why not rent a house here, to enjoy a nice grilled lunch in your garden, in complete serenity?
What to see:
Listed church, 12th century (inside is a magnificent 17th century gilded wooden altarpiece).
Geological curiosities ("Time trail").
Swimming in the Bléone river in summer.
Easy strolls (to La Malleveille, a mountain of black marl clay above the village of Marcoux).
Numerous hikes to the nearby summits (altitude of 1600 to 2900 metres).
Furnished vacation rentals.