One of the most beautiful villages in France
Since 1981 Moustiers Sainte-Marie has been listed as one of the most beautiful village of France. The church, the old village walls, the chapels, the aqueduct, the fountains represent an alliance of water and stone. The pastel colours of the tiles and the lime stones create a living architectural whole.
Authentic and living
Today, Moustiers has approximately 700 residents. The core of its economy is focused on tourism and the ceramics tradition (’faïence’). The accommodation capacity of the municipality is important: 750 camping spaces and one holiday camp, 130 hotel rooms in the village centre or the outskirts, about twenty gîtes and Bed and Breakfast rooms, and more than 50 rental apartments.
It is easy to discover the local attractions beyond a quick passage. The various services will satisfy all tastes and wallets.
As for shopping, you can find as much artists and crafts’ stalls rthan local services.
Lovers of culinary arts will also be pleased with more than twenty restaurants. From the Nationally reknwoned Chef ’Ducasse’ and gastronomical restaurants, to a more local cuisine with Brasseries and snacks, Moustiers knows how to please gourmets and gourmand.
A village listed in the Natural Parc of the Verdon and in the Geoparc of Haute-Provence
Moustiers-Sainte-Marie is part of the Parc Naturel Régional du Verdon, (Verdon natural regional park) which straddles the departments of the Var and Alpes de Haute Provence and encompasses 46 towns and villages and seven major landscape types. The park’s diverse ecosystem has a very rich and varied natural heritage including vultures, bats, mountain goats, roe bucks and its own endemic flora. The headquarters of the Verdon natural regional park is located just outside the village of Moustiers.
Moustiers is also located within the UNESCO Géoparc de Haute Provence, a natural reserve listed by Unesco including 60 towns and villages in the Alpes de Haute Provence. Th re are numerous natural and geological sites to explore and learn more about the Earth’s 300 million years of history.