Moustiers-Saint-Marie

Moustiers-Saint-Marie, also referred to as Moustiers, has the distinction of being one of the most beautiful villages in France. Les Plus Beaux Villages de France is an independent association founded in the early 1980s to promote tourism in rural France. They determined the 100 most beautiful villages in France, and Moustiers, located in southeastern France, in the Provence-Alpes-Cotes d’Azur region, is on the list.

My husband and I first visited Moustiers in 1998, we hadn’t planned on visiting, but stumbled upon it while we were looking for a place for lunch. We fell in love with it and vowed to return someday. The next time we visited was in October 2013, and we stayed for 3 days.

Notre Dame de Beauvoir is located part way up the hillside behind the village, and is an interesting place to visit. A steep trail leads to this 14th century church, and you will pass the 14 stations of the cross along the way.

At the top you will find stunning views of the village and valley below.

There is a gold star hanging between the cliff walls that, according to legend, was hung in the 14th century. But no one knows exactly how it was hung. C’est un mystere, n’est pas?

The Adou river flows through the village.

The village is a lovely place to wander and take photos.

The Travel Sketcher, busy sketching.

We stayed in room 14 at Le Relais. The room has a magnificent view of the valley.

You’ll need a rental car to get to the village, but once you arrive, you can leave the car parked since the village is so small.

Have you visited Moustiers? If so, leave a comment with your experience there.

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