This department is centrally located in the region and the north is a real Alpine landscape while southern Provence is tangibly present. The capital is Digne-les-Bains. The Verdon River largely determines the rugged landscape. The place Castellane is at the beginning of the famous Gorges du Verdon where you have countless beautiful places and hiking trails..
The Var, with 341,000 hectares of forest, is the second most forested department in France after the Landes. In addition, you also have the Côte d'Azur with 432 km beaches of fine sand, rocky coast and beautiful bays. The Sentier Littoral is a 192 km long hiking trail along the coast from St. Raphael to Bandol. But also a part of the beautiful Gorges du Verdon is located in this department.
As the highest department in France and situated between the Provence and the Northern Alps, the Hautes-Alpes enjoys an exceptional number of hours of sunshine throughout the year. Besides a beautiful range of landscapes, ranging from forests, mountain meadows and rugged gorges to high peaks and glaciers, there are also nice and typical villages to visit.
The department of Vaucluse is bordered in the south by the Durance, just as far as Corbières. In the east, the border runs straight through the Parc National of the Luberon, via Cereste and near Montbrun les Bains it curves along the northern boundary, via Visan back to Bollène.
The department is surrounded by the departments of Gard on the west, Vaucluse on the north, and Var on the east, and by the Mediterranean Sea on the south. The Rhône river delta forms a vast swampy wetlands area called the Camargue in the southwestern part of the department. The principal mountains of the department are the Sainte-Baume massif, Mont Sainte-Victoire, the Garlaban massif and Alpilles massif.