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A PICNIC IN PROVENCE By La Bastide deMoustiers

A table laid with tablecloth and proper wine glasses.

For Alain Ducasse, who loves simple and authentic flavours, using a product from the terroir is something obvious. He only has one demand: quality.

Along the seasons, the Chef will make his guests savour exceptional regional food: Beauregard lamb, cheese from Banon, truffle from Riez, Cavaillon melon… And the Sonaio, the homemade cocktail, honours the Amandine ( a local liquor) for an exquisite taste…

High-quality and only local food…

A feast of authentic Mediterranean cooking

Faithful to the southern cuisine precepts, the chef only uses homemade olive oil to cook. It is a mild and fruity oil, made with fully ripe fruits from the Bastide’s olive trees. Extracted in the Aups mill, it will ravish the connoisseurs who will luckily taste it in the restaurant.

WHY NOT STAY AND SLEEP OVER  @ LA BASTIDE DE MOUSTIERS

La Bastide de Moustiers does not narrate itself, it is an experience of its own. Come and enjoy it with us.

La Bastide de Moustiers is a house full of charm situated at the heart of the Alpes de Haute Provence region. Former property of an earthenware master, it offers a splendid view on Moustiers-Sainte-Marie “cliff”. The main building was restored by local artisans. Alain Ducasse asked designer friend Tonia Peyrot to give the building the special feel that makes it so endearing. 

THE TASTE OF PROVENCE

Let yourself be guided by your taste buds to discover Provence in its appetizing diversity! The lavender honey, clear and unctuous, has an AOC* (*French certification granted to certain French geographical indications for wines, cheeses, butters, and other agricultural products). This honey can be tasted in the village, in some dishes, but also in the famous “Biscuits de Moustiers” pastries or even in pint of milk beer… One will discover the different types of cheese along the markets. The gnôle de Provence, the Pastis, the Génépi and some other aperitif liquors made with plants will certainly surprise spirit lovers.

THE REGION AND ITS ACTIVITIES

On the foothill of the Alps, between fields of lavender and high plateau, from the Gorges du Verdon canyons to the Lubéron frontiers, discover an exceptional region

THE GORGES DU VERDON CANYONS, A WILD BEAUTY

Along the river that rises in the Allos pass and flows into the Durance river, the Gorges du Verdon canyons separate the Var from the Alps of Haute Provence. From the Pont du Galetas (Galetas bridge) to lake Sainte-Croix’s mouth, discover an exceptional trail in this breathtaking and majestic preserved site. Climbing fans may exercise, alone or with a guide, whatever their level may be. The Route des Crêtes brings you to La Palud and its beautiful panoramic viewpoints, you may drive there or for the more sporty people, ride your mountain bike to the top.

LAKE SAINTE CROIX, A TURQUOISE TEMPTATION

Lake Saint Croix and its turquoise water is a true blessing for water sports’ lovers (swimming of course, but also windsurfing, catamaran, rowing and canoeing) but also for those who like to hike or ride mountain bikes. A signposted itinerary leaves the village enables you to reach the lake’s shores and its idyllic beaches

The watercolor from Florine Ash highlights Sainte-Croix Lake and the view over the valley

THE PARC NATIONAL RÉGIONAL DU VERDON, A PARADISE FOR HIKERS

Backpacking, pony trekking or bike riding: the region of the Verdon is a paradise for nature lovers. We will help you organize all your trips. To make your rides easier, the Bastide de Moustiers is pleased to make mountain bikes available to you; and the most sceptical of you will be able to enjoy electric bikes ! To brighten up your escapades, Alain Ducasse thought of everything: don’t forget to bring our tempting baskets full of specialties from La Bastide, to be savored in a beautiful set (€ 70 per person drinks included)

PROVENCE SEEN FROM ABOVE, A MAGIC VIEW…

Gain height…to discover the region in a different way!

We organize for you a getaway in a hot-air balloon, accompanied by a professional pilot who is also instructor of paraglider, hang-glider and glider.

Price: € 280 per person for a flight in the hot-air balloon.

 

From PROVENCE, with love …

A VILLAGE AND ITS CRAFT INDUSTRY

Settled into a notch at the base of a limestone cliff, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie and Castellane open you the doors to the Gorges du Verdon canyons

AN OLD PILGRIMAGE PLACE LEANT AGAINST A CLIFF
The village, built like an amphitheater, was named after the monastery founded in the 5th century. It became an important pilgrimage site in the 11th century.

Today, visitors can still see a chain with a silver star suspended high across the valley, which is a famous ex-voto once owned by a knight who had returned unharmed from the crusades

In the Alps of Haute Provence, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, the earthenware capital, welcomes the visitors

THE EARTHENWARE ARTISANS’ VILLAGE

Water is plentiful in Moustiers, combined with the clay soil and nearby woods, it has given birth to a long-standing pottery tradition at the village. During the reign of Louis XIV, the secret of pure white enamel is said to have been passed down by a monk from Faenza to the Clérissy brothers, this transforming their already successful business into a Manufacture Royale at the service of the court, ultimately responsible for some of the most beautiful ceramic ensembles in the kingdom. In the early 18th century, Joseph Olerys brought the polychromy techniques back from Spain, later perfectionned by numerous artisans.

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