The route national N85 running along the west side of the Durance between Sisteron, Château-Arnoux and Manosque is thick with rushing traffic during the summer. One km away, on the east side (left bank) of the river, the village of Volonne and the surrounding countryside is calm and natural and beautiful.
Nearby: | Le Chaffaut-Saint Jurson 19 km | Champtercier Observatory 26 km | Digne-les-Bains 28 km | Durance river 0 km | Escale Lake 1 km | Manosque 48 km | Route Napoléon | Saint Geniez 29 km | Salignac 7 km | Sisteron 12 km |
The village of Volonne (only 13 km south of Sisteron and 27 km west of Digne-les-Bains) is set in the foothills of 1400-m high mountains that slope down to the Durance. Napoléon passed through here on the 5th of March, 1815, on his way to Sisteron, Grenoble, and destiny.
The 17th century chateau is in beautiful condition, and is used today as the hôtel de ville (the city hall). For "sites", Volonne also has the Eglise Saint-Martin, the remains of an 11th-century romanesque church. The ancient ruins on the rocky hill above the village are visible to the rushing traffic across the river to the west.
Lac de l'Escale
Office de Tourisme
Tel : 04 92 64 05 06; Fax: 04 92 64 07 57
- Department 04, Alpes-de-Haute Provence Buses
- See Beyond's Alpes-de-Haute Provence (04) Bus Schedules for downloading Alpes-de-Haute Provence bus-lines map and bus-line schedules [pdf for each line] (link for PDF files).
- Marseille - Gap - Briancon Bus
- The Marseille - Gap - Briancon bus route is: Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Meyrargues, Peyrolles, Mirabeau, Corbières, Sainte Tulle, Manosque, Volx, Villeneuve, La Brillanne, Lurs, Peyruis, Saint Auban, Chateau-Arnoux, Volonne, Peipin, Les Bons Enfants, Sisteron, Le Poet, Rourebeau, Le Beynon, Valenty, Monetier-Allemont, Le Vivas, La Saulce, Tallard, Chateauvieux, La Tourronde, Gap; La Batie Neuve, Chorges, Savines, Embrun, Chateauroux, Guillestre, Mont-Dauphin, L'Argentière, Briançon.
Trip time Marseille - Gap is 3h15 (Marseille - Manosque 1h20; Manosque - Sisteron 0h50; Sisteron - Gap 1hr). The separate bus between Gap and Briançon is just under 2 hours.
(Schedule link http://www.scal-amv-voyages.com/horaires/circuit7.htm) The routes and schedules are available on the SCAL-Autocars website (link below); select Marseille / Briançon and click on one symbol to view the route map, click on the other symbol for the schedule.
- Web: www.scal-amv-voyages.com/ligne.htm
- Nice - Gap Bus
- There are two buses a day between Nice and Gap, with the route Nice - Digne-les-Bains - Sisteron, and Sisteron - Gap.
Northbound: Nice 7h00, Digne 10h10, Sisteron 11h00, Gap 11h45.
Nice 14h50, Digne 17h40, Sisteron 18h45, Gap 19h40.
Southbound: Gap 8h05, Sisteron 9h10, Digne 9h50, Nice 12h40
Gap 15h28, Sisteron 16h30, Digne 17h25, Nice 2030
The Nice - Gap bus route is: Nice, Plan-du-Var, Touet-sur-Var, Puget-Thenier, Entreveaux, Annot-Scaffarel, Rouaine, Saint Julien, St André-les-Alpes, Moriez, Barreme, Norante, Chateau-Redon, Digne-les-Bains, Mallemoisson, Malijai, Chateau-Arnoux, Volonne, Peipin, Bons Enfants, Sisteron, Le Poet, Rourebeau, Beynon, Valenty, Monetier-Allemont, Le Vivas, La Saulce, Tallard, Chateauvieux, La Tourronde, Gap.
(Schedule link http://www.scal-amv-voyages.com/horaires/circuit9.htm) The routes and schedules are available on the SCAL-Autocars website (link below); select Nice / Gap and click on one symbol to view the route map, click on the other symbol for the schedule.
At Nice, the bus terminal is at 16 ave des Diables Bleus (Tramway stop Palais des Expositions)
- Web: www.scal-amv-voyages.com/ligne.htm
See also the Sisteron-Sports section.
The lake, Plan d'eau des Buissonnades at Oraison, 30 km south, offers: swimming, pedalos, wind surfing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing.
The lake, Plan d'eau des Vannades, at Manosque, 40 km south along the autoroute, offers: swimming, pedalos, wind surfing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, boat rentals.
IGN (1/25,000) #3340 ET "Digne-les-Bains, Sisteron, Les Mées"
Didier Richard (1/50,000) #1 "Alpes de Provence"
Didier Richard (1/50,000) #28 "Montagne de Lure, Val de Durance"