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6 km North-West of lac de Sainte Croix.

Pop.: 1.800 inh

Discover the ancient village of Riez in the Alpes de Haute Provence

Village de Riez

Founded in the first century, this is the most ancient site of the Alpes de Haute Provence, called Riez la Romaine (the roman).
The rich past of this village can be appreciated by visiting its ruins which inclucie different epoques, from Gallo- Roman, medieval and to the Renaissance.

Riez église

The four columns of a first century temple probable dedicated to Apollo are witnesses to this great past. They must not be overlooked and are the pride of Riez. While strolling about the center ot Riez you will find yourself in a medieval atmosphere. Looking at the tiny streets and the tiny shops one can easily imagine what it was like in those times.
Today the little boutiques have been taken over by potters, faience artisans, and sculptors, and perpetuate these traditional arts and crafts to the pleasure of their visitors.

Rue principale de Riez

Riez is also an agricultural land which offers its tasty seasonal products such as truffles, honey, lavander, thym, and rosemary.
In Riez you will find one of the best truffle dishes of the region ("brouillade de truffe").

What to see

Roman columns. Ste. Maxime Church.
14th c. doors Ayguiers and Samson.
Hôtel de Mazan (Gothic private mansion, classified).

Leisure activities

Tennis. Horseback riding. Mountain biking. Hiking trails.
Gutings in the canyons and lakes of Verdon (white water sports, climbing, gliding).


Bed and breakfast.
Holiday rentals.


Montagnac-Montpezat (5km), Allemagne en Provence (8km) and Valensole (14km).

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