Population : 100 inhabitants
Discover the small village of Sausses in the Alpes de Haute Provence
Sausses is a superb village nestling on the side of a lush green valley, in a setting of cool woods and tranquility, away from busy roads.
Today none of Sausses' inhabitants are farmers, but it is enjoying a renaissance thanks to families from the towns who have to come to live in the countryside.
Plenty of barns and farmhouses are being restored, and you'll be surprised, even amazed, to discover the beautiful pink-orange stone that was used to build most of the houses.
You'll need strong calf muscles to climb up the hairpin streets and the stairways to either side, but what a feeling to discover, in the shade provided by venerable lime trees, nooks and crannies, streets that lead into private gardens, an Oil Mill square, a square tower surmounted by a campanile with its bell, perhaps remaining from an old château, a beautiful church with a Romanesque bell tower, a sun dial announcing: "me sol vos pastor regit" (1922).
Just around the corner, is an indefinable medieval atmosphere - covered passageways, tiny windows, very low houses and doors.
Located right next to the Daluis Gorge and the road to the Cayole pass, Sausses will delight nature lovers and people who like old stone-work!
What to see
Washhouse (1896). Church.
Numerous hiking trails to the Col du Fa, Aurent hamlet, Lac de Lignin...
White-water sports in the Daluis gorges.
Self-catering cottages. Holiday rentals.