The Sainte-Croix lake and the Galetas bridge
After winding through the numerous turns that separate the ‘Col d’Ayen’ and the ‘Colle de l’Olivier’, the canyon softens and the cliffs become more jagged. Below, the presence of boats suggests the arrival on the legendary Sainte-Croix lake.
At the turn of an umpteenth bend, your eyes are caught by this immense emerald expanse that stretches out below the road, there you are, the largest lake in the Verdon is at your feet! Despite the few parking areas available along the road, it’s hard not to be tempted by an improvised stop to immortalise this view!
Then continue your gradual descent through the Stone pine, symbols of the Provençal and Mediterranean atmosphere you are entering!
A few miles away, the village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, one of the most beautiful villages in France, appears nestled at the foot of its cliffs under the protection of its famous star. An unmissable stop on your route, this picturesque town will dazzle you with its remarkable heritage and colourful facades. You can visit the village on foot! that’s good, you really needed to leave your car for a while to go to stretch your legs!
Once your visit is over, it’s time to take your seat behind your steering wheel and then direction to Sainte-Croix lake, 4 km away.
You arrive on the Galetas bridge, without a doubt the most famous spot, and the most photographed of the Gorges du Verdon! Activate the panorama mode of your camera, you will not know where to look!
The bridge, located between the villages of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie and Aiguines is also the junction between the departments of the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and the Var. It offers a postcard setting with a view of the end of the canyon on one side and the Sainte-Croix lake on the other. Captivated by the almost unreal Verdon colours, and the mop of pedal boats and canoes that rush into the Gorges, the many visitors of the site have a hard time to get off and take the road again! And as we understand them!