The small village of Quison


The little corner of paradise has exceptional natural sites and an impressive culture.

The small village of Quinson

Quinson is a French commune located in the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region, in the Alpes-de-haute-provence department. This little corner of paradise has exceptional natural sites and an impressive culture. The fauna and flora are all the richer for it. Put down your suitcase and discover this holiday village.

A small village surrounded by greenery

Quinson is located on the banks of the Verdon domain, not far from the Verdon gorges, the lavender fields of the Valensole plateau and the Sainte Croix lake. The commune is surrounded by breathtaking nature. It measures 28.57 km2 and has a density of 16 inhabitants per km2. Quinson is one of the most beautiful villages in France with a total of 443 inhabitants. The village is perched at an average altitude of 372m. It has a nautical base which ensures its connection with the lake of Esparron de Verdon.


A strategic location

The commune is located in a transition zone between the Alps-Provence and the Mediterranean. The Parc Naturel Régional du Verdon is also a Station Verte de Vacances.

The village is bathed in sunlight and has a beautiful view of the sea.

The village is bathed in the waters of the Verdon park. It enjoys an outstanding geographical configuration. Its relief is made up of hills, plateaus and limestone cliffs that border the lower gorges of the Verdon. This particularity creates grandiose landscapes and attracts hikers, climbing enthusiasts and water sports enthusiasts.

The Verdon Natural Park

The Verdon natural park attracts tourists who are fond of thrills. Moreover, the climbing sites include nearly 170 climbed routes. The regional park has had an agreement with the FFME (French Mountain and Climbing Federation) since 2008 and thus welcomes professional stuntmen. Kayaking, rafting, canoeing, canoeing, mountain biking, hiking, paddling, paddle boarding in the water park will be on the agenda.

After a busy day, relax in the comfort of the Verdon gorges campsite, in a mobile home. If you like camping in Provence, stay in gites or guest rooms. Some accommodations include comfort options: free wifi, heated pool, outdoor pool…


A past full of history

The commune was once perched on the cliff during the Roman era. The present village is surrounded by a fortified wall. Situated between the limestone cliffs and the Verdon river, Quinson was built around a solid defensive rampart with 7 towers, 2 of which can be seen in our park.

The village was called Castrum de Sancto Michele de Quinsono before its current name. The inhabitants settled behind the defensive wall of the plain during the 15th century. New buildings were built in the 19th century following the curves of the structure.

The town was built in 1946.

In 1946, the inhabitants of the provençal village covered a cave near the Baume Bonne. This uncovering marked the beginning of a succession of archaeological excavations under the successive directions of Henry de Lumley, Jean Gagnepain and Claire Gaillard.

The first of these excavations was carried out at the Baume Bonne, in the south of France.

Visit the museum of prehistory

Quinson is the meeting point for history enthusiasts. The village is home to the Museum of the History of the Gorges du Verdon. It was built under the supervision of the architect Norman Foster and the musician Bruno Chiambretto. The Museum of Prehistory traces the life of the inhabitants of the PACA region from the Palaeacute to the Neolithic period.

The reconstructed scenes tell the story of the chronology and evolution of primitive times. The playful museum is a must-see tourist and cultural destination. You will discover a permanent exhibition of more than a million years of human history in Provence and the Luberon. It opens its doors every day, except on Tuesdays. Take advantage of guided tours, animations and exhibitions on the living arts.


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