Aups is a superb village bathed in the inimitable southern light. It will offer you the charm of the southern and Provençal softness.
Capital of the Haut-Var, Aups is a village of character nestled at the foot of the Espiguières mountain in a privileged environment, at the gateway to the Verdon Natural Park. It is located very close to the lake of Sainte-Croix and the Gorges du Verdon.
What to do at Aups?
Perfectly integrated into the Verdon Regional Natural Park, the village of Aups will seduce you with its multiple assets. Relaxation, strolls and discoveries in the shade of the squares, leisure and festivities await you, with friends or family!
Take the time to stroll through the picturesque old streets of the village. You will have the opportunity to admire superb old doors. But also delicately carved lintels, medieval houses, old fountains that adorn charming little squares, or even superb sundials. Aups has preserved in its heritage some medieval vestiges such as its ramparts and its ruins of a fortified castle.
For the more athletic, know that the Aups region offers you the opportunity to try out a whole range of activities. Canoe, electric boat, rowing, mountain biking but also hiking and climbing, there will be something for everyone!
The curious will not be outdone either since in Aups you can visit two different museums.
The first is the Simon Segal Museum of Contemporary Art located in the chapel of the former Ursuline convent. It brings together more than 280 paintings, not counting the exceptional exhibitions of paintings and sculptures that are held each summer.
The second is the Faykod Museum where the sculptor Maria de Faykod exhibits her works. The love of her art and the principles of her creation which she knows so well about, will delight you as much as her works and the park itself!
The privileged location will excite you to make many outings because the village is located in the heart of the Gorges du Verdon.
In addition to the waters of Lake Sainte-Croix, the Espiguières mountain will offer you sumptuous hikes. find more about hiking in the Verdon by reading our article. You may also hire a guide to discover the most beautiful hikes in the Verdon.
Arts and crafts in Aups
First of all, Aups is renowned throughout the region for its famous and long-awaited black truffle market. It takes place every Thursday morning from mid November to mid March. It is the most important market in the Var.
Aupsois art is not to be outdone since many artisans cultivate the art of know-how and tradition, combined with an authentic search for originality and quality. So these shops will be able to offer you a rich palette of choices. Choices which contribute as much to the magnificence of the works on offer as to the gentle Provencal and natural way of life in its shaded squares and its medieval alleys. As a perfect example, know that the “Mille Morceaux” shop will introduce you to mosaics and magnificent works. It really is a place where beauty and color are everywhere. We are surprised to stay there for a long time to admire everything!
Once again we can only highly recommend you to discover the Simon Segal and Maria de Faykod Museums. You will not regret it !
Where to eat at Aups?
You will discover the thousand and one flavors of the Verdonian soil. Thus, you will discover the authentic products which make its fame such as black truffle, olive oil, saffron, honey and goat cheese.
Moreover, the majority of the restaurants you will find in Aups will know how to tickle your taste buds! We invite you to consult our page dedicated to restaurants. Finally, we recommend among others “l’Auberge de la Tour”, “la Truffe”. Another recommendation right next to Aups “la Bastide du Calalou” in Moissac.
Last but not least, don’t miss a visit to “La Maison de la Truffe” where you will taste different truffle flavors and learn a lot about how they grow. For kids, they also organize “food escape” games!
Where to stay at Aups?
Aups and its surroundings will offer you six hotels and a hotel residence with swimming pool, for one night or a longer stay. Each establishment will be pleased to give you a warm welcome so that you can make the most of the Verdonian “dolce vita”!
And finally, for those who love the outdoors, Aups offers three campsites. Each of them offers a swimming pool, shady pitches, mobile-home rentals, various activities, games and catering. Something to delight the whole family! If you are looking for places to stay according to your favorite occupations, you may have a look at our interactive map. You’ll save a lot of time in order to decide where to stay during your visit to the Verdon area.