•Alpes-de-Haute-Provence (04300) • Population: 279
This tiny and non-touristique village has some very pretty sights to see. There are a few narrow streets to wander, and the stone buildings have gray lauze roofs. You'll discover things like a lovely fountain on a little square [photo-2] or the tall round clock-bell tower with its round campanile [photo-3]. This tower is part of the 12th-16th-c chateau in the center of the village.
You should plan a lunch-time visit to Signonce, perhaps after a swim nearby at the mill on the Lauzon river (see the Lurs page). The local "bistro", La Provence, has a simple lunch-time menu, with a very friendly welcome and a very relaxed atmosphere. Our photo-6 shows La Provence in the background at the right, with its terrace tables in front of the Mairie, sharing space with the village market.
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History of Sigonce
First record, 1206
Sigonce was created as a hunting reserve for the Counts of Forcalquier. In 1391, Sigonce payed a ransom to avoid the pillages of the Camisards. Sigonce had a population of 557 in 1851.
• GPS: 43.997175, 5.84057
IGN (1/25,000) #3341 OT "Montagne de Lure, Les Mees, Chateau-Arnoux"
IGN (1/25,000) #3341 ouest "Forcalquier"
Didier Richard (1/50,000) #28 "Montagne de Lure, Val de Durance"
Sigonce is in an area of farmland, with vineyards and olive orchards.
About 5 km east, the forested hills of the Foret du Prieuré between Lurs and Mallefougasse has several yellow-marked Petite Randonnée (PR) trails. North of Mallefougasse, the forest joins with the Luberon mountains and its hiking trails.
Department 04, Alpes-de-Haute Provence Buses
- See Beyond's Alpes-de-Haute Provence (04) Bus Schedules for downloading Alpes-de-Haute Provence bus-lines map and bus-line schedules [pdf for each line] (link for PDF files).