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Moustiers Sainte Marie

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Moustiers Sainte Marie

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Moustiers-Ste-Marie is a village in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence in southern France. It was once a major pottery center and now serves as a gateway to the Gorges du Verdon, sometimes called the "European Grand Canyon".

Get in[edit]

There are regular buses from Nice, Manosque and Aix-en-Provence in the high season (summer months). Transportation is much less regular in the off season, with weekly or bi-weekly buses. One useful option is to hitchhike from the train station in Manosque.

Get around[edit]

You can explore Moustiers and surroundings comfortably on foot, but it is good to have a car if you want to explore the nearby Gorges du Verdon. Hitchhiking is generally safe in this area, but be prepared to spend a long time waiting for a ride during the off season, when there is little traffic.

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The town is set in a picturesque area between two limestone crags. The Gorges du Verdon are some 10 km away and offer stunning sights. An old Roman road runs through Moustiers and is a good choice for hikers.

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Moustiers is a popular site for parasailing, and you can go boating on the nearby lake.

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The town is full of faïence shops (a kind of painted pottery). This is also a good place to buy local specialties like honey, nougat, olive oil, and red wine.

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Hotel accommodations are limited and tend towards the high end. Consider staying in nearby Riez. There are several well-maintained campgrounds in the area.


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