This trek upwards will surely get you huffing and puffing! but that view upwards is so cute with the path and cute bridges, church and picturesque scene continually infront of you that you just know that surely the views from the top back over will be well worth it!
Plus its that innate desire to tick off all those peaks youve achieved!? and the curiousity of getting in to see that church when you make it to the top or - or is that achievement of a job well done - been and seen Moustiers including the church way up on the hill!
Anyway when arriving and visiting around Moustiers you cant miss looking up to that pretty scene and you will see loads of others making their way up or way down and there you go off to do likewise!
Takes up half an hour to get up and back - all it took me! - the church closed just as I got there! - and my camera battery ran out of steam so I couldnt stand there taking endless photos of the scenes below! But I certainly took the time to roam my eyes around the views over that lovely village, the locals below waiting at the church with its bell ringing - call to prayer and worship - and the sunset over the horizon with the spring blossoms on the small trees sticking out from the pathway.
The trek up to the church above the town via stone steps and pathways - with a couple of cute stone bridges - is a steep 45 degrees incline uphill all the way - or more - and take care coming back down as those steps (marble?) are rather slippery.
But a beautiful view over the lovely village/town and surrounding valley and mountains will be had - even nicer at sunset which was happening when I was rushing around trying to see the lovely sights of Moustiers before night fall.
The Grand Canyon du Verdon is up to 700 meters deep which makes it the deepest one in Europe. It is amazing what a tiny river was able to cut this deep canyon into the rocks. Under some periods - especially when the snow is melting - the river itself can be more impressive. But it is nevertheless a great and spectacular scenery. There are great scenic roads at both sides of the Canyon allowing fantastic views.
One can even hike down in the ground of the canyon hoping that nobody of the tourists at the top of the canyon is throwing anything down...
Moustiers-Ste-Marie looks very nice and claims to be the nicest village in France but is very crowded. Numerous other villages in the surroundings with lots of accommodations of various kind might be better bases to explore the area.
Scenir roads ffollow te canyon on both sides. Most people do the "Corniche" which is ath the southern side. The normal road at the northern side allows only at the first few km impressive views of the canyon. But after a few more kilometers roadsigns indicate a "route des Cretes" which has notheing to do with Creta but is an attractive circular route which allows numerous fantastic views.
The most of the year small river Verdon fills a huge artificial lake at the lower end of the Canyon. This lake offers in Summer great opportunities for beachlife and various water sports. The water is crystal clear.
Be sure to have time to walk up to the church. The stone path is ancient and you climb up above the village, crossing the old bridge, and can look back across the land.
Think about the people who have walked here hundreds of years ago, and maybe even Napoleon stood just where you are!