Moustiers Sainte Marie
Moustiers Sainte Marie is situated 3 kilometres away from the camping site. It is a typical French village, impressively situated between the rocks. Moustiers is registered in the list of the most beautiful villages of France and widely known for it’s “faiences” and the star hanging high above the village.
Highly recommended is a stroll in the narrow alleys, over the small squares, passing the fountains. From the little bridges you can observe the waterfalls of the spring water that arrives from the mountains above the village. The walk up to the chapel “Notre-Dame de Beauvoir” rewards you with a wonderful panorama view over Moustiers and the valley to the lake of Sainte Croix.
Several nice walks start from Moustiers and allow you to view the village and its surrounds from many interesting points of view, for example via “Sentir des Claux”, “Sentier botanique de Tréguier” or the Roman way, “Voie romaine”.
A visit in the museum of the faiences (“Musée de la Faïence”) offers plenty of insights in the art and handcraft of the production of faiences and ceramic through the eras.
Lac de Sainte Croix – the lake of Sainte Croix
The lake of Sainte Croix is situated 2.5 kilometres away from the camping site and is quickly reachable by car, bike or foot. With 2.200 hectare it is the biggest and most important barrier lake of the Verdon. From May to September it offers the perfect conditions for bathing and swimming. The water is not only beautiful, but also pure and pollution free.
Sailing boats (for example at “Le Cadeno” – 3 kilometres away) or pedal boats (for example at “L’Etoile” – directly at the entrance of the Verdon Gorge) are perfect for tours of the lake. From the bridge “Galetas” at the Verdon Gorge entry, you can travel up the river Verdon with a pedal boat or canoe for a few kilometres with ease, due to the low current, to discover the lower entrance of the canyon.
Anglers can also indulge their hobby at the lake of Sainte Croix.
During your stay in the region a visit of the Verdon Gorge is essential: It is the biggest and most impressive canyon of Euope, the nature, it’s beauty and the extraordinary panoramical views invite endless exploration.
Discover the Verdon Gorge
- “Rive droite” (the right side of the river) and “Rive Gauche” (the left side of the river) passing the villages La Palud sur Verdon and Aiguines (D952 et D957)
- “Route des Crêtes” (D23) and its unforgettable views
- Hiking trail “Sentier Martel (14 km – 5h30/6h00)
- Hiking trail “Le Grand Margès” (10 km – 4h30/5h00)
- Hiking trail “Sentier Imbut” (13 km – 5h00/5h30)
…by the water
Plenty of rafting, canyoning and canoe/kayak clubs are situated along the river Verdon and offer a wide range of water sports.
From June/beginning of July, the lavender appears in unimitable colour. Only a few kilometres away from Moustiers, on the plateau of Valensole, you find one of the biggest lavender areas of Europe that, during the blossom, bathes the landscape in an incomparable light.