Provence enjoys a rather dry Mediterranean climate ensuring good temperatures throughout the year. That is why the cicadas and lavender do so well here and there are so many stone villages ready to welcome you.
Manosque is the biggest local town. The old town is worth a visit for its library, maze of tiny streets, archways, squares and numerous churches.
Riez is a Roman town. Its Roman columns and temple foundations are still visible to this day. Riez is full of history and is home to one of the best markets in the region every Saturday and Wednesday morning.
Quinson is a small village with typical little Provençal streets. It stands at the foot of a small lake, but perhaps more importantly, at the entrance to the lower gorge. Starting from the bridge, you can explore all the delights of the gorge by taking the Sentier (footpath) de la Chapelle Sainte Maxime which runs alongside the river Verdon and leads into the gorge.
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