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.
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).