de la fayence

This small village in the Haute Provence region of the Alps, close to Les Palud sur Verdon and Montagnac-Montpezat, is considered one of France’s ten most beautiful villages. It was built between two immense rocky spurs

For the little

Although it wasn’t until the 5th century that the village really began to take shape, the village’s sign of identity is a golden star that hangs from a 135-metre chain between the two mountains above the chapel of Notre Dame de Beauvoir. The origin of this star is still the subject of much debate and speculation. It is said that there are even 17 legends considered by most visitors to be children’s tales. Although the first mention of this star dates back to the 17th century, the one you can see today is not the original, sometimes removed as during revolutions or simply fallen off, it’s star number eleven that hangs there.

According to one of these legends, it was Chevalier Blacas who promised to install the star in homage to the Virgin Mary, if he returned to the village.

Visit Moustiers-Sainte-Marie\

the Provencal village of the mythical gold star that guides visitors

While the star is a real eye-catcher, there are many other things that make this village so popular with visitors. Here you’ll find the wild Riou waterfall, which falls into a fine river between the cliffs. You can opt for a family stroll through the narrow streets of this beautiful Provencal village, or for the more courageous, a climb up to the 18th-century Gothic chapel of Notre Dame de Beauvoir. There are a number of viewpoints along the path to the chapel. Some will advise you to do it at the end of the day in summer to enjoy a magnificent sunset to the sound of cicadas, a breathtaking spectacle.

Moustiers-Ste-Marie earthenware

Moustiers-Sainte-Marie is a village of artists and bohemians, and earthenware is an art form that is part of its heritage. You’ll find numerous exhibitions and craft stores, the richness of which will delight collectors. There are also well-known pottery classes, perfect for a family activity.

The Diane\ festival
in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

From August 31 to September 8, the annual Diane festival takes place, during which villagers and traditional musicians make their way up to the Notre Dame de Beauvoir chapel. The end of this pilgrimage is symbolized by a mass of Mousterian songs.

It’s a highly coveted event for villagers and families, with balls, concerts and games throughout the week.