Things to do in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

Things to do in  Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

Drop dead gorge(ous)

Nuzzled in a mountain valley and framed by the soaring cliffs of the Gorges du Verdon, there are lots of things to do in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie and few would argue with its status as one of France’s “Most Beautiful Villages.” Dramatic views are a given while exploring the Provencal village's sloping streets, dotted with olive trees and artisan workshop (the village is also renowned for its traditional earthenware). Meanwhile, hikers and outdoor adventurers have the Natural Regional Park of Verdon right on their doorstep, as well as the sailing and kayaking Mecca of Sainte-Croix Lake.

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What is there to do in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie?

Moustiers-Sainte-Marie was named one of the prettiest villages in France, which hints at why you'd visit. One of the best things to do in this beautiful town is to explore its natural surroundings. The Verdon Natural Regional Park is characterized by vertiginous gorges and turquoise waters.

How many days should I spend in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie?

Spend at least two days. On your first day, explore the pastel-colored streets of the beautiful village. On day two, dive into nature at the Gorges of Verdon on a hike (guided tours are available), or get on the water in a canoe or kayak.

When is the best time to visit Moustiers-Sainte-Marie?

Summer high season is from June to Aug. The weather is hot and sunny, and restaurants, campsites, and boat rental services are open. In May and Sep., prices and crowds are lower, and it’s usually possible to rent boats. It's quieter Oct. through to Apr., but much is closed.

Where is Moustiers-Sainte-Marie?

Moustiers-Sainte-Marie is in the heart of the Verdon Natural Regional Park in Provence, roughly halfway between Marseille and Nice, but further inland. To arrive, either fly to Marseille or Nice and rent a car, or if traveling by public transport, head to Chaudon-Norante, which is a 40-minute taxi ride away.

Is Moustiers-Sainte-Marie pretty?

Yes. Moustiers-Sainte-Marie isn’t just pretty—it’s named one of the most gorgeous villages in France. Towering rock pillars provide a natural frame for the town, and the narrow, historic streets are pastel-hued. Add in the many olive trees that seemingly sprout from every cobbled corner, and it's a very pretty place.

What is Moustiers-Sainte-Marie known for?

Moustiers-Sainte-Marie is known for being a looker. Voted one of the prettiest villages in France, it has 20,000-plus olive trees and gets more than 300 days of sunshine yearly. This comes with the backdrop of the Verdon Natural Regional Park, a geological wonder of towering limestone gorges.

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