It is one of the most beautiful regions of France: the Haute Provence. Just behind the busy bustle on the Côte d'Azur but with the wonderful sunny climate of southern France! And nature ... you never get bored of that! Starting point is the cozy town of Castellane, about 80 km. above Cannes.
If it is 40 degrees, you really only want one thing: swimming! But there is so much to see in this environment that we can recommend you ten nice things! Fortunately there are also a few water options!
1. Sailing on Lac de Sainte Croix
The gigantic, artificially created lake looks great when you drive from Castellane. You have just driven the beautiful route along the Gorges du Verdon and the last part you saw all the brightly colored boats floating in the bottom of the gorge! You can rent these boats at the beach directly to the right of the Pont du Galetas; in the summer you do well to make a reservation because otherwise you will most likely have to wait a few hours!
What is certainly such a beautiful place and slightly less crowded is the beautifully situated village of Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon. It is a bit further away but you drive now between the beautiful lavender fields. Nature alone makes those few extra kilometers good! Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon is really a very idyllic place! Narrow streets, nice shops and enough terraces to enjoy the phenomenal view over the Lac!
At Le Petit Port you can rent motor boats to discover the lake. Not cheap but well worth it! Reserve a day or two days in advance because otherwise you are guaranteed to fish behind the net!
2. Take a terrace in Moustiers
Near the Lac de Sainte-Croix is the town of Moustiers. The same beautiful building style as Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon but a lot bigger. What a nice town to discover and stroll! We are here in the afternoon but watch with longing for the many nice terraces, where we would like to have a dinner! Plan your visit in the course of the afternoon, so that you can have a bite to eat here!
Special is the high chapel, which you can reach via the steep stairs. This is no fun in the heat but the view is very nice! A crusader once hung the big star during his pilgrimage. Today it is a well-known photo object; that poor man will never suspect!
3. A wonderful road trip through Gorges du Verdon
We just mentioned him, the 25 km. long Gorges du Verdon, a gorge through which the river rages through. Castellane itself is a very popular water sports village and especially rafting is done a lot here. I once managed to "conquer" the river in a single draftsman and it was great! We have conquered the wild watercolors and one after another accelerates the necessary adrenaline!
The gap can be viewed well from the road that runs along it. At the Lac de Sainte-Croix you can cross the river and return via the other side. This route is a bit quieter than the way there, but the view is not less beautiful!
There are also the necessary walks in and around the gorge.