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Manosque is located in the Durance Valley, south of the Alpes de Haute Provence, a thirty-five miles northeast of Aix-en-Provence. Manosque marks the eastern end of the Luberon massif. With more than 20,000, inhabitants, the largest city of the department. Manosque enjoys a particularly mild climate, sheltered from the Mitral, but it has its beneficial effect with more than 116 days of sunshine per year. Manosque is related to the poet and writer Jean Giono (1895 - 1970), born and died in Manosque, whose work is imbued with the landscape and the nature of the Haute Provence. The old town is pear-shaped is surrounded by boulevards, was reached by four medieval gates: the Porte Saunerie, Porte Aubette , the Porte Guilhempierre and the Porte Soubeyran, the only one still existing.