Provence enjoys a rather dry Mediterranean climate ensuring good temperatures throughout the year. That is why the cicadas and lavender do so well here and there are so many stone villages ready to welcome you.
Discover Villages in Provence
Our Beautiful Provence villages
Esparron-de-Verdon is a beautiful little Provençal village. The old part of the village is perched around the château (built in the Middle Ages). Tourism began to develop after Esparron’s artificial lake was created and new houses started to spring up around its banks. The quaint old cemetery is worth a visit.
The village of Gréoux les Bains is typical of Provence with its labyrinth of small streets that weave amongst the stone houses leading up to le Château des Templiers from where you can enjoy a splendid view over the area. In summer, the château is used as a venue for various events including an open-air cinema.
The village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie is the most well-known in the area. Twice awarded one of the ‘Most Beautiful Villages in France’, Moustiers sits sublimely at the foot two impressive cliff faces between which a golden star has been suspended. You will also find many workshops and boutiques selling faïence pottery.
Manosque is the biggest local town. The old town is worth a visit for its library, maze of tiny streets, archways, squares and numerous churches.
Riez is a Roman town. Its Roman columns and temple foundations are still visible to this day. Riez is full of history and is home to one of the best markets in the region every Saturday and Wednesday morning.
Quinson is a small village with typical little Provençal streets. It stands at the foot of a small lake, but perhaps more importantly, at the entrance to the lower gorge. Starting from the bridge, you can explore all the delights of the gorge by taking the Sentier (footpath) de la Chapelle Sainte Maxime which runs alongside the river Verdon and leads into the gorge.
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