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The population is now centered around the larger towns, Manosque and Digne-les-Bains, and the mountainous regions are very sparsely populated.
Bouches du Rhone
Population 144;809; area: 6925 km²
This is a departement is well know for its fields of lavender and its protected natural sites.
To the north of the departement stand high mountains which form the valley of Ubaye near Barcelonnette.
West of Haut Verdon is the Val d’Allos.
To the south, the famous canyons the Gorges de Verdon offer a beautiful spectacle of lakes (like Esparron lake), cliffs, and wonderful villages such as Moustiers Saintes Marie, Allemagne en Provence, Gréoux Les Bains, Quinson.
Forcalquier, les Mees, area to the west is of a more Provencal spirit as you see more hills and vineyards in the landscape. The valley of the Durance with its villages such as Forcalquier, Les Mees, Lurs offer the main tourist attractions of the departement. For a selection of property in the department of Alpes de Haute Provence click here.