Greoux-les-Bains : A picturesque provençal town
The history of Greoux-les-Bains goes back to Celtic times. Dubbed the «romantic oasis of Verdon» by Jean Giono, this health resort has retained a raft of historical vestiges, including its castle and medieval ramparts, squares, narrow streets, arched passageways, wash-houses, chapels, church and coloured houses.
Whilst the obvious appeal of Gréoux-les-Bains lies in its thermal mineral waters and its stunning surroundings, the town itself is an impressive example of typical Provençal architecture, creating a cultured and congenial environment for residents, spa visitors and tourists alike. Take your time to stroll through the town’s narrow streets to the Templar Castle. Dating from the 12th century, the castle looks out over the town, its pride and joy.
Explore the town
Arm yourself with a free guide available at the Tourist Office, and discover the town. Designed in the form of an itinerary, this mini-guide will lead you through the narrow streets of the old town to the key places of historical interest. No stone is left unturned, from the town hall to the Templar castle, not to mention the wash-houses, fountains and religious buildings. It also reveals the origin of several street names (Esquichecoude, Rompe Cuoû, etc.).
Deeply attached to its identity, Gréoux-les- Bains is a passionate, diverse celebration of Provençal culture. In addition to its famous French boules games and other outdoor events, visitors can enjoy traditional religious festivals such as Saint-Sebastien and pilgrimages to the chapel of Notre-Dame des Oeufs.
In the medieval centre you’ll find the church of «Notre-Dame des Ormeaux» dating from the 11th or 12th century and the Templar Castle dating from the 12th century. On spot you’ll be able to discover more heritage with a self-guided tour. (Available at the Tourist Office).
Discover by your self or in guided-tour the history of the village
The most important monuments :
- Notre-Dame des Ormeaux church
- Pauline Square
- Frédéric Mistral’s Inscription
- Alleys «Rue des Remparts», «Rompe Cuou» and «Esquichecoude»
- Coat of arms
- The gate «Vieil Horloge»
- The Templar Castle
Stroll through the Provençal markets
• Large Provençal market, every Thursday morning (Les Marronniers car park)
• Local farmers’ market, every Tuesday morning (Place de l’Hôtel de Ville)
• «Saveurs des Alpes du Sud» and «Artisans sans vitrine» (craft and trade fairs), selected Wednesdays from April to November (Les Aires Car Park or Avenue des Thermes)
• Night market, every Friday in July and August from 7pm until 11pm (square in front of the town hall and pedestrian street)
In the surrounding area…
• Forcalquier (Each Monday morning)
• Riez (Each Wednesday morning and each saturday morning)
• Moustiers-Sainte-Marie (Each Friday morning)
• Manosque (Each Saturday morning)
• Vinon-sur-Verdon (Each Sunday morning)
Activities : out and about Greoux-les-Bains
As well as being a health resort, a «wellness» break destination, the capital of outdoor activities and a picturesque Provençal town, Greoux-les-Bains is also a festive destination. The Tourist Office together with various local associations and traders are heavily involved every year in organising numerous cultural, sporting and tourist events, based on one recurring theme: identity, culture and the Provençal way of life.
These events include concerts, markets, exhibitions, processions, fairs, sporting competitions and shows, making your trip even more pleasurable, whether you’re on a gourmet break, soaking up an evening of festivities or enjoying some relaxation. These events are held in Greoux-les-Bains from March to December.
The Casino of Gréoux-les-Bains is open all year. With 52 slot machines and 2 gaming tables, you will have fun ! You can also enjoy a drink at the bar or a meal at the restaurant of the casino.
At the « Placette Pauline » (Little square Pauline), a lot of concerts (all musical style) and events take place !
Cinema and theatre «Ecociné Verdon» at the Congress Centre
Whether you’re after Provençal, Italian, Mediterranean, Oriental or gourmet cuisine, Greoux-les-Bains has all the flavours ! With so many restaurants and caterers in the town, there’s always a menu to suit your pocket and tantalise those tastebuds !
Ask for the Restaurant Guide at the Tourist Office !