All the charm
With a population of 2,000, Aups is a village that exudes the charm of the Provence Alpes Côtes d’Azur region. This village of character is located at the gateway to the Verdon, in the foothills of the Alps, within the Parc Naturel Régional and south of Lac de Sainte-Croix. Having preserved its medieval heritage, don’t hesitate to stroll through its shady streets lined with beautiful renovated Provencal houses and bastides. Discover the town’s many historic monuments, as well as its traditional shops nestled between the houses (butcher’s and delicatessen, fishmonger’s, cutlery, etc.).
Visit Aups on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, the days of the Provencal market, where you can taste the famous black truffles.
Housed in the former Saint-Jacques hospice in the heart of the village, the Maison de la Truffe is proof of Aups’ reputation as the capital of the “black diamond”. Embark on an adventure for young and old, novices and enthusiasts alike, who will need to use all their senses to discover this piece of history and terroir that is the truffle within the history of Haute Provence.
Are the Gorges du Verdon not enough of a change of scenery for you? Come and discover the dreamlike world of Maria de Faykod. This renowned artist, a graduate of the Beaux-Arts in Paris, is exhibiting some thirty sculptures in a beautiful park planted with trees.
The Oil Mill store
Located near the main square, this store is a veritable Aups institution. For three generations, this mill has produced one of the finest olive oils in the PACA region, and boasts an impressive number of awards, including numerous gold medals from the Salon de l’Agriculture. In the store, you can buy olive oil, but also discover other products from the Var region: tapenades, objects made from olive wood, handmade soaps, and more. A tour of the mill is offered free of charge, followed by a tasting to delight your taste buds. Discover our production methods, from harvesting the olives to cold extraction of the juice, combining tradition and modernity to offer an increasingly exceptional quality product.
Where to stay
If you’d like to visit Aups and discover the Gorges du Verdon, we’d be delighted to welcome you to the Restanques campsite.
Only 15 minutes by car from the center of the village, and close to the lake of sainte croix, we offer different solutions for your holiday rental needs:
- Numerous pitches for motorhomes, caravans and tents of various sizes.
- Eco-lodges: more than just a mobile home, we offer elegant, single-storey accommodation in canvas and wood, habitable for 3 out of 4 seasons. Each eco-lodge is heated and has two bedrooms, a kitchen area and a private semi-covered terrace.
- A premium cottage combining comfort and a change of scenery, with two bedrooms, two shower rooms with separate WCs and a spacious panoramic terrace. Not to mention a private spa, perfect for relaxing after an adventurous day.
- Two authentic gîtes ideally placed on the heights of the campsite to enjoy a beautiful view of the greenery.
The campsite is equipped with washing machines and a wi-fi connection available at various rates.