Take the D900 road at Digne les Bains (8km) then the D22.
Population 400 inhabitants
Discover the small village of Marcoux, in the Alpes de Haute Provence
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.