How to Spend a Weekend in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

From the sparkling Eiffel Tower to the mysterious Mona Lisa, from glittering Saint Tropez to Bordeaux vineyards, France attracts travelers from every corner of the globe. In fact, France is the most visited country in the world with nearly 90 million visitors annually, per Schengen Visa. Yes, these major sights will make you drool and deserve a trip (or several). But so much of France is rolling countryside, quaint villages and sheer simplicity. And this raw authenticity is what makes these spots so charming. The village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie is no exception. At Provence Tour, we’ve fallen in love with this quintessential French village’s views and idyllic ambience. Here’s how to spend a weekend in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie.

About Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

At first glance, this village in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department isn’t impressive. With a population of about 700 in a rural area, the typical traveler may overlook this seemingly sleepy town. But the reality is that this village was named as one of France’s most beautiful villages. History buffs will also enjoy this village’s rich past, which dates back to the 400s.

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Stay at La Bastide de Moustiers

Like the village itself, this 4-star boutique hotel may be small but is certain to charm you. La Bastide de Moustiers is composed of 11 rooms and two suites, all with their own special names such as the Lavender Room or the Olive Suite. We recommend spending the weekend in the Bastidon Suite. You can enjoy une grasse matinée, or slow morning, from the cozy king-sized bed and enjoy your cup of espresso in its private garden marked by fig and olive trees. And you’re just steps from the outdoor heated pool.

Nearly 30 years ago, Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse purchased this property with its 18th century building and has since turned it into a luxury hotel in the heart of Provence. Given his profession, it only makes sense that he opened a restaurant on the property as well. The restaurant has its own gourmet garden dotted with peppers, tomatoes and eggplant. Bon appétit !

Take a private tour of un atelier de faïence

Named the capital of faïence, Moustiers is especially known for its decorated ceramics. Provence Tour will set up a private tour of a studio that specializes in faïence, or earthenware. You’ll learn about the centuries-old history and craft that goes into creating these elegant pieces, such as plates, mugs and carafes. You may just leave with a new kitchen set inspired by the region of Provence.

Wander up to Chapelle Notre Dame de Beauvoir

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Grab your walking shoes and head up the cobblestone path up to the Chapelle Notre Dame de Beauvoir, a small church dating back to the 13th century. This chapel marries Roman and Gothic architecture, according to the village’s website, and boasts of the best views of the town. Once you’ve made the 20-minute walk up to the chapel, turn around and bask in these beautiful valley views of Provence.

Flâner throughout the village

The culture in southern France is about being present and simply enjoying the moment. The south has a reputation for its relaxed nature, so when in Provence, do as the locals. When spending a weekend in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, one of the best activities is to simply flâner, or to meander. Stroll the ancient streets, wander into the small shops, treat yourself to a pastry. Each corner of this village is worthy of a postcard.

Visit the Gorges du Verdon

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The village of Moustiers offers an abundance of charm and history, but we’d be remiss to not organize a visit to the nearby Gorges du Verdon. Our driver will pick you up and bring you to this river canyon marked by its turquoise water. Whether you fancy paddle boating or kayaking, hiking or rafting, we’ll organize the most splendid day for you and your crew. Or perhaps you’d like a more leisurely pace. In that case, we can organize a private boat tour with a Provençal picnic.

From the outside, Moustiers may seem like just a mile-marker. But this Provençal village is teeming with heritage and history. The village is also conveniently located to the Sainte Croix Lake and its Gorges du Verdon, which boasts endless adventures in nature. From its crafted ceramics to its hilltop chapel, your weekend in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie is sure to be bliss.

Provence Tour offers unique and glamorous experiences as we showcase magnificent and rare highlights of the charming region of Provence.

Our private drivers have expert knowledge of the region and will happily guide you and answer any questions you may have about the area. Indulge in an authentic and customized guided day tour with an opportunity to see Provence’s hidden treasures, such as the lavish lavender fields, various picturesque villages, and significant historical sites.

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