Malijay in provençal, male jacet in latin : bad situated, certainly because of the Bleone's floods which even blew away the cemetery in 1860.
First, Malijai set up on the left bank of the Bléone river then, in the middle of the 13th century, the village developed along the right bank of the river on the traditional "Digne-Sisteron" road which was used from ancient times. The village counts 1990 inhabitants. The classical elegance of the 18th century castle lead the history of Malijai. Built in 1770, this castle is known because of Napoleon 1st who spent the night of the 4th of March, just back from Elba Island.
The Napoleon Road
The Napoleon road traces the Route taken by the Emperor on his return exile to Elba island in Golfe Juan to join Grenoble in March 1815, he spent the night of the 4th March in the castle of Malijai. The road follows the RN85 through Malijai, L'Escale, Volonne and Salignac.
The Napoleon Road's hikes
The Napoleon Road's hikes (GR406) from Grasse to Grenoble (350km) is an itinerary along a trail on the theme of Napoleon's return from exile whiche is the only one on its kind in France. It's possible to go through the Area from Castellane to Sisteron (130 km) in 5 days hiking or riding horse. (Trail map available at the tourist offices).