7 km from Saumane, 10 km from Simiane-la-Rotonde, 13 km from Revest-du-Bion, 25 km from Forcalquier
Altitude : 760 m
Population: 1027

A small medieval village nestling within the remains of the ramparts of the old castle. Backing on to the Plateau d'Albion, between the Luberon, the Ventoux and Lure, Banon has preserved its authentic character, surrounded by wheat, lavender and sage fields. It is notably famous for producing a delicious cheese, 'Le Banon'; this small cheese, made with unpasteurised goat's milk, is cured, covered with savory leaves and rinsed in Marc liqueur before being delicately rolled in a chestnut leaf and tied up with a wisp of natural raffia. Le Banon has an 'Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée' since 2003. Excellent quality lavender is another of the village's main assets.

What to see, what to visit: the 15th century ramparts; the remains of the fortifications; a 14th century machicolated door; the church of Saint-Marc (Romanesque style, 1652); the church of Saint-Just (13th and 14th centuries); chapel Notre-Dame-des-Anges (set apart from the village), part of which dates back to the 13th century; the chapel of Les Pénitents; the chapel of Les Granges-de-Dauban; the chapel Saint-Marc; at the Largue – chapel of Les Héritiers.
Recommended activities: market every Tuesday morning. Pilgrimage every 15th of August to the chapel of Notre-Dame des Anges. Walking and mountain bike circuits.

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