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  • Address: Lake of Sainte-Croix, Aix en Provence, France
  • Hours: Daily

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Lake of Sainte-Croix Tours

Set at the foot of the majestic Verdon Gorges (the largest canyon in Europe) and the Valensole plateau is the Lake of Sainte-Croix, a manmade lake created during the construction of a nearby arch dam in the 1970s. Far from being just a run-of-the-mill stretch of water, Lake of Sainte-Croix is famed for its stunning, vivid emerald-turquoise hues that could fool anyone into thinking they’ve been teleported to an exotic Caribbean island.

The largest lake in Provence (third largest in all of France) is an ideal summer destination. France’s poster region for art de vivre doesn’t disappoint, especially as far as aquatic sports and beaches are concerned–some of the best in the southeast according to locals, with water temperatures rivalling that of the more crowded Mediterranean Sea.

Most sporting facilities (including those with pedal boats, kayaks, sail boats, wind surfs and motor boats) are located in waterfront Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon, an idyllic, hilltop commune of less than 150 inhabitants, a number that swells considerably come summer. The village is centered around its 16th-century chapel and has several cafés and restaurants, where it is possible to enjoy the best of what the region has to offer against a dreamy, dramatic backdrop.

Practical Info

The lake is located 1.5 hours away from Aix-en-Provence via the A51 and D952. It is also reachable via the D6 for an equally scenic yet slightly different route. There is ample accommodation nearby, including hotels, guesthouses and camping sites. Reservations are recommended, especially for the summer months.

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Private Tour: Verdon Gorge, Castellane and Moustiers Day Trip from Cannes, Cannes, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Private Tour: Verdon Gorge, Castellane and Moustiers Day Trip from Cannes

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Take a private day trip from Cannes to discover the astounding natural beauty of Provence. Visit the tucked-away village of Castellane, venture into the mighty ...  Read more

Location: Cannes, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.04
Private Tour to Valensole, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, and the Lake of Sainte-Croix from Avignon, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Private Tour to Valensole, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, and the Lake of Sainte-Croix from Avignon

On this private 9.5-hour tour, see the lavender fields of Valensole, some of the most beautiful in the South of France, and explore the hilltop village of ...  Read more

Location: Avignon, France
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $880.71
Marseille Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Manosque, Valensole, Moustiers Ste Marie and Lake ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Marseille Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Manosque, Valensole, Moustiers Ste Marie and Lake Ste Croix

In this full day tour, you will discover the North of the French Riviera in the Alpes de Haute-Provence and admire the stunning scenery of the area. Explore ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $1,258.16
Private Day Trip to Manosque, Valensole, Moustiers Ste Marie and Lake Ste Croix from Avignon, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Private Day Trip to Manosque, Valensole, Moustiers Ste Marie and Lake Ste Croix from Avignon

Discover in this private full day tour the North of the French Riviera in the Alpes de Haute-Provence and enjoy the stunning scenery of the area. Go to the ...  Read more

Location: Avignon, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $838.78
Full-day Private Provence and Verdon Canyon Tour from Nice, Nice, Private Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Full-day Private Provence and Verdon Canyon Tour from Nice

This full-day private tour gives you the chance to see an authentic face of the French Riviera and Provence away from the coast and will provide you with ...  Read more

Location: Nice, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $1,075.73
Verdon Gorge and Moustiers Ste-Marie Tour from Aix-en-Provence, Aix-en-Provence, Private Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Verdon Gorge and Moustiers Ste-Marie Tour from Aix-en-Provence

4.5 star rating: Recommended 23 Reviews

On this day trip from Aix-en-Provence, venture north from the French Riviera to Alpes de Haute-Provence to see the highlights of this wonderfully scenic ...  Read more

Location: Aix-en-Provence, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $138.40
Private Verdon Gorge (Gorges du Verdon) Full-Day Tour, Nice, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Private Verdon Gorge (Gorges du Verdon) Full-Day Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Come and enjoy a fantastic day in a unique nature. You will visit medieval villages, nature and environments that affect both heart and soul. Paddle swim, just ...  Read more

Location: Nice, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $880.71

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