The Haute Provence UNESCO Global Geopark is located in the Southern Alps, in the northern part of the Provence, inside the Department of Alpes de Haute Provence. The Geopark is 150 km from Nice, Marseille and Grenoble, and is organized around the town of Digne-les-Bains, capital of the Alpes de Haute Provence Department.
The unique territory of Haute Provence UNESCO Global Geopark is composed of 60 municipalities of the Alpes de Haute-Provence department. It is a territory where the memory of the Earth meets the memory of humankind. It unites the blue water shores of Lake St. Croix with the snowy peaks of Dormillouse and includes a unique diversity of landscapes where Alpine and Provencal features intertwine. It is a territory of alliances between the olive tree and the larch, between lavender and edelweiss. The Geopark is an exceptional territory of flavors, fragrances and colors throughout a long human presence which has slowly shaped it.
With the CAIRN Art Center and the Gassendi Museum, the Geopark has become a unique place during the last 20 years, where contemporary art converges with the landscape. Today, its territory has a huge collection of over one hundred works of art produced in the natural environment by a group of renowned artists, like Andy Goldswerthy and his "refuges d'Art", Richard Nonas, or Herman de Vries. Thanks to these works created through CAIRN initiatives, the UNESCO Global Geopark is an innovative territory: the visions of these artists invite visitors to continually discover and rediscover landscapes.
The Haute Provence Geopark is greatly involved in economic development with its support to the creation of new local products and with its quality process of branding for its local economical partners (restaurant, lodging, local products, museums, etc.).
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Rural Heritage Hub
The Rural Heritage Hub is located in the Musée Promenade, the headquarter of the Haute Provence UNESCO Global Geopark and the location of the CAIRN (Contemporary Art Center). It comprises also 2 km path with permanent artwork realized by famous artists.