Moustiers Sainte Marie | Provence
The most beautiful Village in Provence
From the western side of the Gorges du Verdon, heading towards the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence sits a little village on a hillside plateau said to be one of the most beautiful villages in all of France.
Famed for centuries as a producer of Faïence pottery, Moustiers Sainte Marie is a village with a dwindling population which was once in the thousands, but now in the hundreds. The village is a tourists magnet where visitors are romanced by the quaint boutique shops abundant with local crafts, charcuteries selling fabulous vine wrapped cheeses, locally cured meats, wines and olive oils and, of course, the cutest little restaurants.
Ascending the sloped streets of this quintessential Provençal village, you are met with a soft colour palette, charming shuttered dwellings and a cascading waterfall which threads right through the centre of the village.
Take the precarious path up towards the Chapelle Notre Dame de Beauvoir to get top-down vistas of the village, surrounding countryside and Lac de Sainte Croix in the near distant Gorges du Verdon.
During sunset, this beautiful village is awash in the most stunning shades of peach and pink sustaining its reputation as a place of alluring beauty and romance.