Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon travel guide

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Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon is a small resort and village on the west side of the Lac de Sainte-Croix in Provence. The village is an an enviable location, high on a rocky promontory overlooking the lake.

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One of the best views of Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon is as you approach the village along the winding route from the east, so don't drive too fast: you will want to stop and take a photo when you glance the village and lake through the trees!

Pretty houses in centre of Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon

The centre of the village is small but very lovely: there are numerous beautifully restored stone houses and pretty gardens to admire, very often with views across the azure blue waters of the Lac de Sainte-Croix as a backdrop.

The most important historic monument in Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon is the small church. Although it was built in the 16th century, the church was substantially renovated in the 19th century and lost its original appearance. Shame, but the terrace in front of the church is anoher lovely view across the lake...


As you walk around the village you will also be tempted to have lunch in one of the small restaurants here that have terraces overlooking the lake: a lovely setting to pass an hour or two!

There is a small road that leaves the village of Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon towards the east to reach the beach. The beach is only a few hundred metres further, is supervised in summer, and parking is available.

Beach on the lake at Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon

Attractions nearby

As well as Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon, you will want to explore elsewhere around the Lac de Sainte-Croix. The village at Bauduen to the south-east of here has a charming historic centre and a lakeside promenade, and the town of Aiguines at the other end of the lake has a traditional Provencal centre and lovely views across the lake.

Further north you can explore the beautiful village at Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, in an impressive setting below high cliffs, and to the east you can explore the Gorges du Verdon by car, on foot or by boat.

You can find more travel ideas in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence guide and the Provence guide.

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Lac de Sainte-Croix

Lac de Sainte-Croix

The Lac de Sainte-Croix is a popular leisure lake with beaches near the Gorges du Verdon in Provence

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Bauduen is a pretty village with a beach on the shores of Lac de Sainte-Croix in Provence

Bauduen guide


Aiguines is a small traditional Provencal village between the Lac de Sainte-Croix and the Gorges du Verdon

Aiguines guide


Your trip to the village of Riez should include the baptistery, 5th century and one of the oldest in France, and the Roman ruins

Riez guide


The setting of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie below steep cliffs and the lively historic centre make Moustiers-Sainte-Marie one of our favourite villages in France

Moustiers guide


This pleasant town is interesting to visit during your stay near the Gorges du Verdon

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Address: Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon, Valensole, Digne-les-Bains, Provence, 04500, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 43.759722, longitude 6.1519444

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Lac de Sainte-Croix: site of natural beauty (3 km)
  • Verdon: regional natural parc (6 km)
  • Moustiers: most beautiful village (11 km)
  • Lac de Quinson: site of natural beauty (12 km)
  • Lac d'Esparron: site of natural beauty (15 km)
  • Clos de Villeneuve: remarkable garden (16 km)
  • Gorges du Verdon: grand site of france (17 km)
  • Barrage de Gréoux: site of natural beauty (18 km)
  • Tourtour: most beautiful village (22 km)
  • Embouchure - Verdon: site of natural beauty (33 km)
  • Verdon (rivière): site of natural beauty (33 km)
  • Prieuré Notre Dame (Ganagobie): religious monument (33 km)

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