Moissac-Bellevue, a Balcony Overlooking the Verdon Natural Park
Remarkably well preserved, this small perched village dating from Roman times has a beautiful heritage in a magnificent setting. Moissac was added to its name “Bellevue” (beautiful view) in 1939 to avoid any confusion with its namesake in Tarn-et-Garonne. This addition made it possible to highlight the breathtaking view offered by this 11th century fortified town over the plain and hills of the Massif des Maures to the Sainte-Baume.
What to Do in Moissac-Bellevue?
A stay in Moissac-Bellevue is a unique opportunity to discover its historical heritage while enjoying a magnificent geographical location.
Its Cistercian chapel, Notre-Dame de la Roque, is a perfect example. Dating from the 11th century, it is located on a promontory with a panoramic view of the east plain. An orientation table will help you understand why this location was militarily strategic.
You can also see below the ruins of the buildings that housed the guards, responsible for preventing the possible arrival of the invader. Besides, for a religious dive into the past of this monument, a service is celebrated each year in the chapel on the eve or on the day of the Assumption.
Don’t miss the clock tower built in 1816 and equipped with a splendid wrought-iron bell tower. This place has a strong history, because the tradition was to welcome the “vagrants and the poor wretches” and offer them food. However, this function of the building has not been in force since 1904.
Finally, having benefited from a remarkable restoration that allowed preserving its authenticity, the castle of Moissac is worth a visit. Although it is private today, this 17th-century building will delight lovers of historical heritage.
Where to Go for a Walk Around Moissac-Bellevue?
If you are looking for a hike through the gentle landscapes and the large pine forest that borders Moissac-Bellevue, then this is the Pelenc circuit you need! This loop, which is certainly quite long (12 km), but of medium difficulty, takes place on wide flat paths. After leaving the pretty village fountain, you will walk through the cedar, black pine and eldarica pine trees. You will also follow the tracks left over time by the men who worked there. You will therefore discover the remains of the work of coal workers, resistance fighters and farmers. Towards the end of the hike, on the path of the Croix Vieille, you can admire an impressive holm oak tree classified “remarkable” for its size.
Where to Stay in Moissac-Bellevue?
Remarkable for its extensive view over the Aups valley, La Bastide du Calalou, a splendid and warm four-star hotel, promises you a sumptuous stay. In a quiet setting in a four-hectare park, this country house, tastefully decorated with furniture and antique objects, offers you a peaceful and luminous universe a stone’s throw from Moissac-Bellevue. Its restaurant, La Table du Calalou, also offers a refined homemade cuisine, with regional, quality, and seasonal products such as the famous truffle!
Another accommodation offering a remarkable view of the surroundings: the Domaine de l’Auviduery. Four kilometers from Moissac-Bellevue, this impressive estate offers three charming and high-perched cottages for rent to accommodate two to four people. You will enjoy a beautiful panoramic view in a calm place. In its vast wooded park, you will have access to a swimming pool, a tennis court, a petanque court, shelters and even paddocks to welcome the horses of potential visiting riders!
Feel free to visit the Verdon Secret website and the Accommodation page for even more offers of authentic cottages and guest houses in the pretty little village of Moissac-Bellevue.