Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, one of the most beautiful villages of France
Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, its terroir
The song of the cicadas, the Provencal scents, the colors and the light of the sun – present 300 days per year: you will find easy living and authenticity in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie. It’s its authentic and tempting specialties (truffles, olive oil, lavender honey) that were chosen by great chefs like Alain Ducasse – featured in the greatest restaurant guides – to open their own restaurants inside one of the most beautiful villages of France. With a choice ranging from traditional taverns to gastronomic restaurants you will have no trouble in discovering the regional delicacies.
More than 20 000 olive trees grow in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, mainly on the dry-stone terraces of the Claux hill, where saffron used to grown in the 18th century. They paint the landscape with green and silver shades (depending on the season and the light). 2 000 of them have been rehabilitated and are exploited today to produce the « Cuvée spéciale de Moustiers ». Located in the zone AOC « olive oil of the Haute-Provence », its spicy savor is present on the most distinguished tables worldwide.
The pre-alpine treasures of Haute Provence can be found in the local delicacies that you can discover in the village shops: truffles, Moustiers olive oil, tapenade, lavender honey, seasonal vegetables, biscuits, goat’s cheese or “charcuteries” (salted meats).
The Provençal market inside the village
Each Friday morning, the village is enveloped in colorful and mouth-watering scents as the stalls of the Provencal market overflow with tempting local products. Flavor markets are also organized from time to time during the year. Looking for craftwork? You can assist to our nocturnal market every Wednesday evening during the months of July and August.
Don’t hesitate to discover the history of our village, of its star – looking over the inhabitants – and come join us in the heart of Provence, in the heart of the Regional Natural Park of the Verdon, in the heart of one of the most beautiful villages of France: Moustiers-Sainte-Marie
Crédit photo: Philippe Murtas