Escalo in provençal. Ancient anchorage place for boats that were navigating on the Durance River, they stopped over here to pass the night.
In the Gallo-Roman period, when the Durance River was still navigable, l'Escale was considered as an important river port. The Bourguet site, located at 1km from the north of the village was at the time a major centre of residence. The excavations carried out in 1960-1961 before the flooding under the waters of the Château-Arnoux Lake enabled to discover the most important series of bronzes (statuettes and busts) in Haute-Provence.
The old village
In the Middle Age, the village expanded on the hillside of Vière and on the "Hamlet of the Landlord" ("Hameau de l'Hôte"). The village counts 1285 inhabitants. An orienteering race in the village will let you discover the building heritage, map available at the townhall or the tourist office.
The ornithology fanatics can watch about 140 bird species on the lake banks, 2 hours by walk, accessible for everyone. There is a leaflet available that describes the different types of birds.