from the Hotel Le Colombier
Classed as one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie is renowned for its faïence earthenware both in France and throughout the world. Yet its exceptional expertise with this material is just one of its stand-out features. A stone’s throw away, the Verdon Regional Natural Park runs and shields the river from Saint-André-les-Alpes to Vinon-sur-Verdon. This park preserves fauna, flora, and mineral and geologic elements for your pleasure, and for humanity.
The UNESCO Geopark of Haute-Provence is spread over 58 towns and villages throughout the department. Five exploration routes, and more than 130 earmarked sites open your doors to a unique heritage, one that is “natural, cultural and immaterial”. Here you can find more than 110 selected partners, with restaurants, accommodation, artisans, producers or specialists in outdoor activities.
In Moustiers-Sainte-Marie is the Notre-Dame-de-Beauvoir chapel, previously known as Notre Dame d’Entreroches (“Our Lady Between the Rocks” – a rather fitting name). This building dominates the village from its ridge between two rocky cliffs separated by a stream. A pathway called the “Chemin des Oratoires et de la Chapelle” will lead you to the site, which legend tells was chosen by Charlemagne to be the place of a chapel. You’ll be enchanted by the star that was hung there by a knight returning from the Crusades. Make a stop at the Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption church before visiting the Musée de la Faïence (Earthenware Museum), which, using numerous prestigious items, has been showcasing the art that has made Moustiers-Sainte-Marie so famous since 1929. You’ll then be able to wander and discover the Sainte-Madeleine grotto, the old town and the parish church, the heritage trail (with the aqueduct, the old walls and the Sainte-Anne chapel), and the footpath trails through the surrounding natural environment.