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Visit outstanding cultural attractions or take a hike amongst the peaks? A romantic tour of the wine route or a family cruise? What will this year's
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Gorges du Verdon, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Alpes-de-Haute-Provence (External link) is one of the most scenic departments in Provence, with the dramatic Gorges du Verdon (External link) (France’s own Grand Canyon) to the south and the more eastern of the Luberon hill villages to the south-west.

The capital is Digne-les-Bains, a town with a medieval heart and an even older history. A lunch stop for Napoléon in the 19th century, today Digne is popular with French and foreign visitors, with only one of its attractions being the thermal baths.

One unexpected attraction in the Digne area is the Refuge d'Art (External link), a work by British artist Andy Goldsworthy that can be visited on a 10-day hike. Created by Goldsworthy in partnership with the Musée Gassendi and the Réserve Géologique de Haute-Provence, it involves an itinerary of 150km that traverses the stunning landscape, bringing together hiking and contemporary art and highlighting both nature and culture. The circuit follows ancient paths punctuated by ‘refuges’ in the form of disused buildings including chapels, farms and sheepfolds – these have now been restored and a specially-designed sculpture has been incorporated into each one. They provide shelter for a pause along the route or, in some cases, overnight accommodation. It’s the world's largest collection of works by Andy Goldsworthy in a public space.