Between Aix-en-Provence and Digne, Manosque, so beautifully celebrated by Jean Giono, is a town where every era has left its mark. Along old neighborhoods and pedestrian lanes within ancient walls you can discover pretty little squares lined with elegant mansions. Manosque is the largest town in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, there are interesting shops and a wide choice of restaurants where you can enjoy eating outdoors, it is an excellent base for exploring the Luberon and eastern Provence.
To visit: the ancient walls, the saviors door (14th), the Soubeyan door (13th), the Saint-Sauveur church and Notre Dame Romigier.
To do: hiking trails. Tennis. Horsering. Golf. Fishing
Traveling to Manosque is fairly straightforward, either fly drive to Marseille (MRS) 84km (around 1 hour 10 minutes drive) or take your own car, there is good motorway access as far as Aix en Provence, or indeed fast train TGV station at Aix en Provence.
The climate in Manosque is warm and sunny from May to September with little rainfall. During the main summer holiday months of July and August temperatures rise quite high although the nights tend to remain pleasant.