If you are passing through the Verdon to come and admire the famous Grand Canyon or discover the charm so typical of Provence, then don't miss Aiguines. Indeed, this small village of the Haut-Var remains a destination not to be missed because to go to Aiguines is to discover the Alpes-Provence-Côte d'Azur region in the best possible way.
In the heart of a preserved nature, nestled within the Regional Natural Park, this village will seduce you from the moment you arrive with the splendid panoramic view of the turquoise waters of the Sainte-Croix lake.
Provence boasts some of the most beautiful villages in France and Aiguines is not to be outdone. First of all, take the time to get lost in the small shady streets of the village and admire the old houses which plunge us into an atmosphere so particular to the Provencal region.
Then take some time to go up to the promontory where a superb Renaissance castle with glazed tiles dominates, flanked by four large towers at each corner. If it is not possible to visit it, its surroundings remain a much sought-after place for a walk where you can admire the carefully preserved building up close, but also enjoy a breathtaking view of the Valensole plateau and its lavender fields, as well as the Luberon mountain range. If you are still up for climbing, go to La Chapelle Saint-Pierre perched on the cliff, the highest point of the village, and rest in the shade of the fresh stone walls beaten by the Mistral wind while enjoying the peace and the view.
In Aiguines, great importance is still attached to local and traditional craftsmanship. Go and meet them by looking for the various stalls of craftsmen working with clay and earthenware, such as the famous santonniers and their famous figurines, or by visiting the museum dedicated to the historical activity of Aiguines: the trade of woodturner and the manufacture of studded boxwood balls, ancestors of our petanque balls.
(Please note that the museum's opening hours vary according to the period and is only accessible on request for the period from October to April. For more information, please visit the museum's website). Who says Provence, also says Provence honey! Aiguines has several craftsmen who will be pleased to let you taste their different varieties.
Going to Aiguines is an opportunity to bask on the beaches on the shores of the artificial lake of Ste-Croix. If you feel like taking a dip in the emerald water, go to the Galetas beach where a swimming area has been set up and is supervised during the July-August period for safe bathing. If you want to try your hand at different water activities then the choice is vast (only those with a petrol engine are prohibited). Choose your boat from kayak, pedal boat, canoe, paddle, electric boat or even windsurfing and set off for the Grand Canyon du Verdon! For the more adventurous, it is possible to go canyoning or rafting.
If you are more at ease on the cows' floor then take to the hiking trails and explore the surrounding area by reaching the nearby village of Moustiers Sainte-Marie by the paths on the heights or by taking the old Roman roads to discover the sheepfolds and old abandoned Provencal villages. Numerous hiking trails are available and you will find what you are looking for according to your level or your desires.
If you want to visit Aiguines and discover the Gorges du Verdon, we will have great pleasure to welcome you at the Bauduen campsite : Les Restanques. At only 20 minutes by car from the village, we offer you different solutions to accommodate you according to your desires and your needs in holiday rentals :
- Numerous pitches for camper vans and tents of various sizes.
- Eco-lodges: more than a simple mobile home, we offer you an elegant accommodation combining canvas and wood.
- Each eco-lodge is heated and has two bedrooms, a kitchen area and a semi-covered terrace.
- A premium cottage to combine comfort and a change of scenery with a private spa.
- Two cottages in authentic locations ideally located on the heights of the campsite.
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