As a local center of lavender production, this small town has a lively Monday morning market with many lavender-based products. It’s also a great departure point for walks, bike rides, horse rides, or drives into the lavender world that surrounds the town. In the 12th century, Forcalquier was known as the capital city of Haute-Provence and was called the Cité des Quatre Reines ("the City of the Four Queens") since the four daughters of the ruler of this region, Raimond Beranger V (Eleanor of Aquitaine among them), all married royals. Relics of this former glory can be glimpsed in the Vieille Ville of Forcalquier, notably its Cathdédrale Notre-Dame and the Couvent des Cordeliers. However, everyone heads here to marvel at the lavender fields outside town; pick up a lavender calendar at the tourist office. To explore on two wheels, get saddled up on a bicycle for a trip into the countryside at the town’s Moulin de Sarret.