from the exceptional climate of the Buëch area, both Alpine and sunny, Laragne-Montéglin
is a large Provençal looking village, as proved by its square planted with
plane trees, cafés, and its imposing fountain.
With the mairie and its pretty faded pink façade, Laragne-Montéglin is a
pleasant little town, with all the necessary shops as well as plenty of
cafés to enjoy a drink on the terraces when the weather is fine.
Inside the large church with a fine Romanesque belltower is a very understated
nave beautifully lit by magnificent stained glass windows, all dating from
1901 and each representing a saint (Saint John, Joseph, Léon, Louis and
Francis of Assisi).
Behind the church a charming Giono garden intended to have a pedagogical
function will provide you with a cool place to sit.
If you like architectural heritage, don't miss the Perrinet château, on
Place des Aires. It was built in the 17th century by Gaspard de Perrinet,
the Lord of Laragne, and was frequently altered over the centuries. Only
its vaulted cellars, previously used as a bakery, are open to visitors.
They have now been converted into a museum. A permanent exhibition tells
how the château was built from 1609 to 1630.
Hang glider flyers from throughout Europe gather to throw themselves into
the air from the top of the Chabre mountain, which overlooks the town. Since
1994 when it was the venue for the European hang-gliding championships,
Laragne has become the "European hang-gliding capital", a take-off point
that is used virtually all-year round by hang gliders and paragliders.
According to the "pros", conditions are ideal to launch long distance flights,
with dry air and high clouds in a semi-arid region, exceptional sunshine
levels (more than 300 days a year), winds that blow along the valleys, and
valleys that are wide and low (between 1200 and 1500 metres).