The port de cordeliers [photo-5] is all that remains of the town's fortified walls. There's a nice one just beside the road (on the right) on the D950 a couple of km to the west, just before the bend where the road goes alongside the lake.We found others along the GR6 going north out of town, including a couple in people's yards in that corner of town.Walking through the steep narrow streets, you'll see old, care-worn buildings interspersed with others refurbished in bright new stone, and there will be people and activity everywhere.The most faded looking part is actually the Place St Michel in the heart of the old town.The surrounding region is called the Pays de Forcalquier; the hills are covered with pubescent oak, their year-round leaves brown through the winter, making the hillsides brown and barren looking until spring.There's actually no citadel remaining on the citadel hill, just a few vestiges of the ancient stone defensive walls and stone-vaulted underground rooms on the hillside on the way up.The carved-stone Renaissance fountain [photo-3], built in 1511, is surrounded by delapidated old buildings.
The name was transformed into the Provencal Fourcauquié.
Rivalry ended in 1195 when Gersende de Sabran, the Comtesse de Forcalquier, married Alphonse II, the Count of Provence.
Their son, Raimond Bérenger V inherited the two counties. Tel : 04 92 75 10 02; Fax: 04 92 75 26 76 Web: [email protected] Sept-June: mon-sat, 9h-12h, 14h-18h Open July-Aug: daily, 9h-12h, 14h-19h June-Sept: also open sun morning • GPS: 43.959785, 5.780948 IGN (1/25,000) #3342 OT "Manosque, Forcalquier" IGN (1/25,000) #3341 ouest "Forcalquier" Didier Richard (1/50,000) #28 "Montagne de Lure, Val de Durance" The GR6 Hiking Trail passes through Forcalquier.
On a typical Monday, you'll see at least a dozen different stands offering organic vegetables, breads, drinks and other home-grown foods.
Evelyne and Christian Robert-Traeger are there every week with their delicious varieties of Pain à l'Ancienne. Forcalquier isn't a place for clothes shopping, but there are plenty of low-cost clothes stands during the Monday market. Faïence pottery from Mane, Apt and Moustiers-Ste-Marie.