Located at the gateway to the Verdon Gorge, above the superb Lac de Sainte Croix, Aiguines is a perfectly located little village nestling in the heart of a magnificent untouched natural environment offering spectacular views of the Verdon Canyon (from the D71 and D23) and also of the Lac de Sainte Croix.
At Aiguines you will find a wonderful privately-owned chateau, dating back to the Renaissance. It has been tastefully restored with its varnished roof tiles, and overlooks the lake majestically, offering a breath-taking view stretching to the Valensole plateau, the Alpine foothills and the Luberon mountain chain. If you like crafts and woodworking you should visit the wood turning museum (open in July and August) as well as the arts and crafts shops and workshops to be found in the village.
You can also take the opportunity to discover the old alleyways of the village, lined with beautiful old authentic houses, giving the village great charactere.
Aiguines has become a regional climbing capital thanks to the many climbing tracks in the village. Whatever your level, you can climb in all seasons. In summer you can focus on tracks located north, cooled and ventilated by the Gorges, in winter the tracks of the western side are in full sun in the afternoon.
To see, to visit : The Chapel Saint Pierre and table of orientation, the Château, Woodturners Museum
Leisure activities : Hiking the “Grand Margès”, horseback riding, climbing, bungee jumping, the Provençal market on Tuesday morning
More information : visit the website aiguines.fr
Only 11 km from our campsite, at the gates of the Gorges du Verdon, Moustiers Sainte-Marie is the center of earthenware.
Having 14 workshops and 22 sales outlets of earthenware tiles, Moustiers is the leading area for this craft in France and has a world wide reputation.
There is a little lake here of 6 ha. which is very well equipped, Because of its port, its boat club and its activity house, Moustiers is one of the most attractive spots of the Emerald Valley.
One of the most beautiful villages in France
Classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, Moustiers is one of the most attractive areas of the Verdon.
The site is exceptional and quite amazing. Moustiers is set in a semi circle of rocky cliff at 630m. altitude.
Two peaks at either end of this cliff are linked together by an iron chain (227m. long) on which is hooked the star of one of the knights of the Crusades.
At each season Moustiers offers wonderful walks either in the heart af the village (the architecture is surprising) or in the outskirts ( waterfall of Rion, Notre Dame de Beauvoir, the grotto of St. Madeleine.
Vue du haut de l’église médiévale et de l’étoile
Legend of the star
According to Frédéric Mistral, the star is an ex-voto dedicated to St. Mary. The knight Blacas decided to hang a star there as a homage to the Virgin on his return from the Crusades.
Other versions talk about love stories, the Three Kings or Chivalry… Although many versions exist about the origin of the star none have been verified to date. The mystery remains total on the origin and meaning of the star above Moustiers… The size of the star we see today dates from 1957. It is the eleventh to hang above the mountain road. In 1995 it was covered in gold leaf before returning to its vigil over the village. The size of the star, which originally had five points has changed over time from 1.80 to 30 cm. Today, the chain is 135 m long, weighs 150kg and the star covered in gold leaf measures 1.25 m.
Tip : There is a hike up to the rock where the chain is attached.
To see, to visit : The beautiful village itself, the porcelain museum, the medieval church and the Notre Dame de Beauvoir with the star.
Leisure activities : Hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, climbing, gliding, paragliding, canyoning and the Provencal market on Friday mornings.
More information : visit the website moustiers.fr
Situated on the banks of the pure and calm waters of the lake of Sainte Croix, the village of Bauduen is one of the most remarkable sites of the Verdon.
The old village, typically Provençal, is terraced in the form of an arc facing out onto the lake. The old stone houses and the narrow streets will charm you as will the excursions available in the surrounding.
To see, to visit : The medieval Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, a saracen tower and the ruins of a medieval castle. Provencal market every Sunday morning.
Leisure activities : Swimming, pedal boating, sailing, canoeing, fishing, horse riding and hiking.
More information : visit the website lacs-gorges-verdon.fr
Situated at the exit of the famous Verdon Canyons, this charming Provençal village is built high on a rocky promontory and at its foot lies Lake Ste. Croix.
14 km. long and 2 km. wide, Lake Ste. Croix is a wonderful spot for families with its well equipped beaches and the many activities offered.
The old village has some lovely houses and pretty public squares, shady and blooming with flowers.
From the top of the village there is a splendid panorama of the lake…don t forget your cameras !
Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon is without a doubt one ot the nicest places of the Verdon region, and is appreciated by many visitors. Its few permanent residents are very busy in the summer.
To see, to visit : Museum Conservatory of Arts and Popular Traditions, parish church from the sixteenth century and the picturesque old village houses.
Leisure activities : Recreation center adjacent to the lake, fishing, sailing school, yacht club, windsurfing, canoeing, pedal boat, hiking. horse riding.
Village Festivals: August 6 – Feast of St. Sauveur, September 14 – Feast of Sainte Croix. Provencal market on Tuesday morning.