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Guide To Digne-les-Bains

Post by Sharat | February 7, 2018 | See France Destination Guides | Comment
Guide To Digne-les-Bains

Digne-les-Bains is a town in Provence located below the Cousson mountain on the banks of the river Bléone. It sits in a region filled with thermal springs in the South-East of France. The town likes people to refer to it as the lavender capital because this variety of flower is grown across large parts of the surrounding countryside. The town used to simply be called Digne until 1988 and many people still use that name. The name was expanded because of the town’s connection to thermal baths and spas.

Explore Digne-les-Bains

Digne is an important regional town and this obviously means there are plenty of shops and a wide range of facilities. In the centre of the town which dates back to medieval times you will find most of the attractions worth visiting. The most important tourist attraction in Digne is the Cathedral of Notre-Dame-du-Bourg which was built in a Roman style and was constructed between the 11th to 13th centuries. The Cathedral Saint-Jerome is a more recent building that has a gothic style and dates back to between the 15th to 16th centuries though it did undergo a facelift during the 19th century.

A place to relax

You should also be sure to check out what remains of the city’s original fortifications as well as several sculptures that were added during the 20th century to beautify the town. The thermal spas are the main attraction however and people have been visiting them since Roman times. The spas offer a wide range of treatments for visitors who wish to be pampered and there are also plenty of alternative leisure activities which makes Digne the ideal destination if you are someone who is seeking to relax and chill.

Nearby attractions

One unusual attraction located quite close to Digne is a bed of fossilised ammonites that rewind history as far back as 200 million years ago and covers an area of approximately 350 square metres. You will find it towards the North of town and it is estimated that there are more than 1500 fossils locates on the site, measuring up to 70cm in diameter. If palaeontology is not your thing you can visit the Musée de la RéserveNaturelleGéologique de Haute-Provence instead. This attraction is known for its extensive butterfly gardens which are extremely beautiful.

Hiking and cycling

If you like that sort of thing then be sure to also check out the Botanic Garden of Cordeliers which is housed in a medieval convent. The surrounding countryside is also quite beautiful, filled with valleys and mountains and streams, not to mention the famous lavender fields. You will have plenty of hiking and cycling options to choose from so make sure you check it out if you do decide to pay a visit to Digne-les-Bains.

Digne _34 by ADT 04, on Flickr

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