Advantages Great location
Moustier-Ste-Marie has been called the gateway to the Verdon Gorge - 'the front door' - if you will.
But the gorge is not, as they say in France, a dead-end. So if there is front entry, it follows that there is an exit, or rear entry.
Castellane was our halfway point whilst touring the Verdon Gorge and therefore the perfect spot to split the journey, have some lunch and splash out on a postcard.
The centre of the town is focused around Marcel Sauvaire square and the narrow streets (most of which are pedestrianized) leading from it. Shopping is quite good with a large range of sporting/outdoor orientated establishments as well as a good variety of more touristy, speciality shopping and lots of everyday items. The downside is that everything virtually stops at lunch-time.
(I've heard it said that if you wanted to invade France, you could do it quite easily at lunch-time.....something the Germans sussed a long time ago!)
Most restaurants are situated around the square, and as we weren't invited to sit with any of the shopkeepers, that's where we ate. It was nice but the terrace was a bit jam-packed with tables and as everywhere was very crowded, there was hardly room to swing a cat. I'm not sure if you would be allowed to swing one anyway, there are probably hygene laws concerning feline tossing.
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