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Alpes-De-Haute Provence (04)

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region
Population: 160,959 (2011)
Prefecture: Digne-les-Bains
Sub-Prefectures: Barcelonnette, Castellane, Forcalquier.
Surface: 6,925 km2
Largest town: Manosque (Pop: 22,000)
Economy: tourism, agriculture.
Specialities: Sisteron lamb, banon (cheese), crouzets, genepi (liquor).  
Tourism: green tourism, citadel of Sisteron, picturesque villages (Moustiers Sainte-Marie, Lurs, Castellane), Montagne de Lure, Gorges of the Verdon, spas (Greoux-les-Bains).
Website: www.cg04.fr

Vaucluse (84)

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region
Population: 555,240 (2010)
Prefecture: Avignon
Sub-Prefectures: Apt, Carpentras.  
Surface: 3,567 km2
Largest town: Avignon (Pop: 90,000)
Economy: agriculture (wines, fruit and vegetable), transport, logistics, services. Energy (Tricastin)
Specialities: melon of Cavaillon, wines (chateauneuf-du-Pape, cotes du Rhone villages), daube (stew), tian comtadin.
Tourism: Avignon (Palace of the popes, theatre festival), Luberon (Gordes, Lourmarin). Mont Ventoux.
Website: www.provenceguide.com

Bouches-Du-Rhône (13)

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region
Population: 1,975,896 (2011)
Prefecture: Marseille
Sub-Prefectures: Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Istres.
Surface: 5,087 km2
Largest town: Marseille (Pop: 850,000)
Economy: port (Marseille, Fos), petrochemicals, energy (Martigues, Fos, Berre), universities, services (Aix), aeronautics (Eurocopter in Marignane), agriculture, wines.  
Specialities: bouillabaisse, fish, petits farcis (stuffed vegetable), alouette sans tête (meat rolls), pieds et paquets (mutton), calissons d'Aix (sweets). Cotes de Provence wines.  
Tourism: Marseille (MuCEM, beaches, calanques), Aix-en-Provence (cours Mirabeau, Granet museum), Arles (antique theatre, arenas), Camargue, castle of Tarascon, seaside tourism.
Website: www.cg13.fr

Km 39.5 : Sisteron

Citadelle de Sisteron © Régis MartelLe rocher de la Baume © Marion Schneider & Christoph Aistleitner

Population: 7,600

Famous for its tasty and tender lamb, the Gate of Provence is above all remarkable for its spectacular citadel, built from the 12th to the 19th centuries and marked by the influence of Vauban. After several Paris-Nice stages, Sisteron hosted a Tour start in 2010

Tour de France of the Monuments Nationaux

The Towers and Ramparts of Aigues-Mortes

Towers and battlements - Aigues-Mortes © Centre des Monuments NationauxTowers and battlements - Aigues-Mortes © Alain Lonchampt - Centre des Monuments Nationaux

Saint Louis decided to found this town on a marshy site next to the Etang de l'Abbé lake, exchanging land with the monks in the neighbouring Abbey of Psalmodi in order to do so. The aim was firstly to create a port with access to the sea, the only means of trade with the East, and secondly to provide a symbolic demonstration of royal power by building the Constance Tower. This tower was completed in 1248, the King having drawn up a very favourable charter of privileges for the town's inhabitants in 1246. The ramparts were built by Saint Louis's successors between 1270 and the beginning of the 14th century. The two last crusades departed from Aigues-Mortes in 1248 and 1270. Aigues-Mortes only knew a brief period of prosperity and declined in the 14th century due to the silting up of its canals and port, as well as to competition from the port of Marseille. However today the city is considered to be one of the finest medieval military settlements in France.
The Towers and Ramparts of Aigues-Mortes are opened to the public by the Centre des monuments nationaux.

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