A beautiful Provençal village on the southern slope of the Lure Mountain

Classed as a "Village & Site of Character", Cruis nestles at 711 metres altitude, on the southern slope of the Lure Mountain in the Alpes de

Haute Provence.

The village, where local life is very dynamic, has a population of approx. 650 people called the Crussiens.

All its cultural heritage has been harmoniously restored and you will absolutely enjoy a stroll in the old village, discovering the beautiful stone façades, the Saint-Martin Church and the ruins of the old abbey's cloisters, the fountain, the oratory, the washhouse and many other treasures.

Many marked walking trails let you explore the Lure Mountain that was so dear to Jean Giono. Emblematic of the Haute Provence, it has the ideal conditions for watching the night sky, not to mention the beautiful views at all times of day over the southern Alps, from the summits of the Ecrins National Park to the hills of Provence.

Starting in spring and continuing throughout summer, many events take place in Cruis:

  • The Departmental Music Festival at the end of June with a programme geared to the traditional music of the Mediterranean and Central Europe, with improvised music and street performances.
  • The Jazz Festival, "Cruis en Jazz", in August
  • The traditional fête votive of Saint Madeleine in July
  • The Foulée Cruissienne footrace in May

Less then 30km away, the most beautiful sites in Haute Provence are open to you:

- St Etienne les Orgues, 6km away

- Notre Dame de Lure, 14km away,

- Forcalquier, its citadel and its big market on Monday mornings, 22km away

- Notre Dame de Ganagobie Abbey, 22km away

- Banon, its lavender fields and its famous cheese, 24km away

- Sisteron, among the 100 Most Beautiful Detours of France, 25km away

- The Astronomy Centre in St-Michel-L'Observatoire, 30km away

Cloister of the Cruis Abbey and its beautifully restored arcades

Saint Martin de Cruis Church

The ribbed vault ceiling of the Church of Cruis

17th century altarpiece of the Church of Cruis

Sculpture of the winged ox of Saint-Luke

The historically listed santons in the Church of Cruis

Discovering the village of Cruis

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