Approximately 1h30 min away. Following the construction of the Sainte-Croix dam on the Verdon, Lake Sainte-Croix, a man-made lake (90 m deep and covering 22 km²), was impounded by EDF in 1973. This water-storage reservoir is of capital importance for this part of Provence both in respect of irrigation purposes and the provision of drinking water. With the hills of the Haut Var, the Valensole Plateau and the Verdon Gorge as your backdrop, you'll be enchanted by the scents of thyme, rosemary and lavender.
Depending on what you feel like doing, you can go for a dip, take it easy, or enjoy a ride on the lake in a pedal or electric boat and preserve the quality of its blue waters. Along the River Verdon, there are breath-taking views to be had from both banks. These routes are jotted with numerous viewpoints from where you can admire the vertiginous gorges and the majestic flight of vultures. Taking your thirst for discovery even further, the Château d'Aiguines, the Prehistory Museum in Quinson, the Moulins de Régusse windmills, and the Villecroze caves are sure to be of interest.