Le petit village les Salles-sur-Verdon


The fruits of a sacrifice

The little village les Salles-sur-Verdon

For your next holiday, direct your choice of destination to Les Salles sur Verdon. The location is among the most beautiful villages in France. The village is situated 15 km from Moustiers Sainte Marie and 21 km from Bauduen, in the Var department, in the Paca region. The small village acts as a green lung and is home to a vast expanse of greenery. Let's go back in time to discover its history before venturing into the heart of its cosy atmosphere.

Sacrificing for a good cause

Les Salles sur Verdon used to be a beautiful little village in the Alpes-de-hautes-provence. The peaceful village lived happily at the bottom of the valley until the 1970s. In 1973, the Provençal village was submerged under water following the construction of the EDF dam. The flooding led to the disruption of the valley, the destruction of the church, the demolition of the houses stone by stone, the destruction of the cemeteries and the exodus. Its disappearance gave birth to the lake of Sainte Croix du Verdon.

A few years later, the first stone of the new village was laid on the edge of the lake. Les Salles-sur-Verdon was reborn from its ashes and moved closer to the 2,700 hectare lake. The strategic location transforms the anodyne commune into a resort.

The village is a very important part of the local economy.

A holiday village in the heart of a ready-made nature

The village has a path that plunges you into the heart of the natural environment. Lavender, pine trees, oak trees, hills, olive trees and lavender fields make up its flora. The hikes follow the nature trail and lead to the Verdon gorges. Part of the itinerary runs along the turquoise waters of the new Sainte Croix lake.

Previously, you will be able to visit the village of Sainte Croix.

Before visiting the Gorges du Verdon, take a tour to the Sainte Croix lake. Admire the turquoise waters on the edge of the impressive Grand Canyon du Verdon. The village has intimate beaches, ideal for water sports activities such as fishing, canoeing, swimming and kayaking. The valiant holidaymakers can try climbing the Verdon gorges.

They can also enjoy a variety of other activities.

Devents not to be missed

The village offers many outdoor activities. Contemplate the splendour of the regional nature park in a comfortable minibus with the whole family. The journey begins on the Route des Crus to the lavender fields of the Valensole plateau. Cross the limestone cliffs of the Grand Canyon. The excursion is led by a guide who will describe the hidden corners and anecdotes of the area.

See the map below.

Canyoning is a great way to get to know the area.

Canyoning is a great way to reconnect with nature. You can hire a more eco-friendly electric boat.

Come and recharge your batteries in the camping des gorges du Verdon or in a mobile home. If camping holidays are not your thing, you can stay in gites de France, chambres d'hôtes, villas with terrace and heated pool, village houses or bungalows. Make sure you book your holiday rental as soon as possible.

Cover the provençal market held every Thursday in the centre of the village. The Saint Anne's Day festival takes place at the end of July and the nautical festival in mid-May. The spring festival is held every first weekend and features a spectacular fireworks display.

The village is also home to a number of other festivals.

A little culture

Les Salles-sur-Verdon is among the top destinations for holidaymakers. In addition to its tourist attraction and optimal sunshine, the small village is a cultural temple. The association « Mémoire des Salles sur Verdon » is a collective that brings together people who are passionate about the history of their village. Their works are presented in an exhibition at the Tourist Office.


Aups Aiguines Lac de 
Sainte Croix
Plateau de 
Gorges du 
Marchés du 
Les Basses
Sainte Marie
Esparron de verdon Castellane Palud sur Verdon Le lac d'Esparron
Lac de Castillon Les Salles sur Verdon Le couloir de Samson Quinson
Riez Rougon Saint Jurs Quinson