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Between Sisteron and Digne by the "route Napoléon" (the N85) or by the A51 autoroute, exit at Aubignosc, then take the N85.

L'Escale, the village
L'Escale is a small village peacefully situated on the banks of the Durance where an important dam retains the river waters to form a pleasant lake.
The village includes several small hamlets extending from the lake to a small hillside.
L'Escale, bell tower
The village of l'Escale began developing in the middle-ages thanks to its strategic situation between Sisteron and Digne, and its proximity to the once-important river traffic on the Durance.
The village was effectively an "Escale" or port-of-call used by boats tansporting various merchandise.
L'Escale, house
While walking in the narrow streets of l'Escale, you will discover charming vaulted archways, ancient houses and tastefully decorated stone-walls.
The most ancient areas are the "coteau de Vière" and the Hôte hamlet... don't miss them!

What to see

Parish church Notre Dame de Mandanois (1854).
"Quartier de l'Hote".
Vière ruins.

Leisure activities

Hiking and mountain biking.
During June : Village festival.
During September : Rally "Terre de Drailles".


Holiday rentals.


Château-Arnoux (2km), Malijai (6km), Volonne (6km).

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