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The village of Rougon

Stop off in Rougon, a Provencal village at altitude

If you are staying in the Gorges du Verdon, do not miss out on discovering Rougon! This charming Provencal village located in altitude will offer you a magnificent panorama of the landscapes of the Alpes de Haute Provence.

Perched at more than 900 meters in height, the village of Rougon overlooks the Sublime Point and the Gorges du Verdon . You will find it a little away from the road along the Gorges du Verdon. After having made a stopover at the Sublime Point, do not hesitate to take the small winding road that leads there… You will not regret this little detour! Far from the hustle and bustle of modern life , this pretty little village has everything to charm you.

To discover: medieval architecture… and vultures!

Built in the 9th century, Rougon is a medieval village which has retained all its character with its old houses and some ruins. Do not miss those of the castle, an important testimony of our history! Two old bridges are also to be noted for their age and their architecture: the Tusset bridge and the Carajuan Bridge.

Pont de Tusset - view from the sky
Starry night - Rougon village - Verdon gorges

Rougon is one of the 46 member municipalities of the Verdon Regional Natural Park . The village can be the starting point for walks and hikes, like the famous Blanc-Martel trail which will lead you to the Verdon river for unforgettable moments.

And above all, don’t forget to look up… Thanks to its high location, Rougon is a very privileged place for bird watching, especially vultures !

The vultures - Princes of Verdon

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The village of Demandolx

Visit Demandolx, a hilltop village in a beautiful natural setting

Planted at an altitude of nearly 1,200 meters, the village of Demandolx overlooks Lake Chaudanne and Lake Castillon.

If you are visiting the Verdon, do not hesitate to stop off at Demandolx! In this village populated by a hundred souls, you will be able to appreciate the calm and the charm of the small alleys. Without forgetting of course the exceptional view of Chaudanne lakes and Castillon lake whose azure color mingles with the green of the vegetation.

Pretty houses and a sublime view of the lakes

In the alleys of the center of Demandolx, you can stroll and discover pretty little houses with colorful shutters and flower gardens and renovated or old barns. You will also come across the ruins of a medieval castle and a church on your way.

After visiting Demanldox, you can also stop over at Castellane , a very pretty village located about ten kilometers away. Demanldox can also be the starting point for hiking trails.

Ruine de Demandolx - Barrage de Castillon
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The village of Castellane

The village of Castellane, an essential stopover during your stay in the Verdon

You will not be able to spend a stay in the Gorges du Verdon without going through Castellane! Very lively in summer, the village of Castellane offers a wide range of shops and services in a very charming environment.

Notre Dame du Roc - Castellane Alpes de haute Provence
Castellane Gorges du Verdon - le Roc

Located at the gates of the Gorges du Verdon, the village of Castellane is part of a very beautiful environment. When you approach it, you first see a large rock overlooked by a small chapel. The old town is surrounded by fortifications and you will access the center through ancient porches. In the center, Place Marcel Sauvaire leads to small shopping streets or quieter ones. The city can be discovered on foot, by wandering and getting lost in these small streets.

A historic village, the starting point for visiting the region

Village tinged with history, Castellane is a historic town whose architecture is sure to seduce you. Observe carefully all the testimonies of our history: the 12th century Saint-Victor church, of Romanesque and Gothic architecture, or the town hall, of neoclassical style. Do not miss the 13th century Pentagonal Tower and if you are brave, climb up to the Notre-Dame-du-Roc chapel. After half an hour of walking, you can enjoy a magnificent view of the city.

In summer, the village of Castellane is very lively, with its many restaurants and terraced cafes, and its small shops. You will find a lot of information on the region and the activities.

Lovers of outdoor sports scramble to come and enjoy the crystalline waters offered by the Verdon river and set off to discover the Grand Canyon in Rafting , Aquatic hiking or Canoe .

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Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, one of the most beautiful villages in France

The Provencal village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie offers a very rich history and heritage as well as a splendid view of the surrounding nature.

Benefiting from an exceptional geographical location, the village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie rises to more than 600 meters above sea level. It is located at the crossroads of the routes taken by tourists in the Verdon, downstream from the Canyon . South of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie you will find the sublime blue waters of lake of Sainte-Croix.

A picturesque village renowned for its earthenware

Classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie is a city built like an amphitheater in the middle of superb landscapes. Two rocky peaks overlook the village with the famous knight’s star suspended 200 meters away. It guides visitors day and night!

Often compared to a Provencal crib, the village consists of beautiful old houses and picturesque alleys in which you can stroll and discover small local shops. The village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie is renowned worldwide for earthenware, with 14 workshops and around twenty stores. The finesse of the workmanship and the unique decorations attract crowds from all over the world. To find out more, do not miss the museum which is entirely dedicated to it!

The starting point for superb walks

Moustiers-Sainte-Marie can be visited all year round and you can enjoy very pretty walks, either in the village to discover the architectural heritage, or outside. Do not miss the Rion waterfall, Notre-Dame-de-Beauvoir, perched above the city, or the cave of Sainte-Madeleine. A little further on, on the Valensole plateau, you can admire the spectacle of the lavender fields in bloom …

Moustiers-Sainte-Marie is part of the Verdon Regional Natural Park and received the official label “Villages and cities of character”.

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Stop off in Colmars-les-Alpes, a magnificent medieval village

Stop off in Colmars-les-Alpes, a magnificent medieval village

Colmars-les-Alpes is a mountain village, bordered by the Verdon river .

It stands out from other surrounding villages by its classic military architecture. Do not miss !

The village of Colmars-les-Alpes is located in the upper Verdon valley , between the Col d’Allos and Saint-André-les-Alpes. Pretty landscapes of wooded mountains surround this village which you can explore on foot or by bike.

Colmars-les-Alpes has a rich history which still marks its architecture. As soon as you arrive, you will discover the ramparts that surround the city. Indeed, Colmars-les-Alpes was a border town in the 14th century and developed an important system of protection to face aggressors.

A pretty destination for nature and history lovers

As you walk through Colmars-les-Alpes, you will discover picturesque alleys, beautiful old houses and squares where you can enjoy the gentle coulis of water from the fountains. Do not miss the 16th and 17th century church as well as the Fort de France and the Fort de Savoie, built in 1693. As Moustiers-Sainte-Marie , Colmars-les-Alpes has received the “Villages and cities of character” label.

Nature lovers will not miss the little walk (around 20 minutes) which leads to the Cascade de la Lance. This path along the river is worth the detour: it will offer you a beautiful view of the mountains and you can even make a refreshing stop for a picnic.

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Visit Entrevaux

Visit Entrevaux, a citadel of charm and history

Welcome to Entrevaux, one of the most beautiful villages in France! Camped on the rock, the village of Entrevaux is located on the banks of the Var and benefits from a beautiful natural setting.

If you come to Entrevaux it is above all for its superb medieval city architecture. Built by Vauban during the reign of Louis XIV, the village of Entrevaux has preserved the beauty of its history. You will discover a drawbridge and ramparts, winding alleys, beautiful squares where majestic fountains stand and beautiful period houses, tall and narrow. The Gothic-style cathedral has a very beautiful baroque decor. Enough to give free rein to his imagination! To let yourself travel even further in time, do not miss the medieval festivals of Entrevaux, very lively in July.

A historic city that conceals hidden treasures

After visiting the heart of the citadel, venture around. Coming to Entrevaux, you will enjoy superb panoramas of the surrounding lush nature. History lovers will also be won over by the Pignes train, a superb steam train restored and in circulation by passionate volunteers! It is for your greatest happiness that he crisscrosses the railways of Provence in his century-old cars.

If nature and heritage lovers will not be disappointed, the same goes for aficionados of old bikes! Indeed, the village of Entrevaux houses a motorcycle museum. It is a passionate collector who owns this museum where you can discover more than 70 models of two-wheelers.