The Sainte Croix lake, or Lac de Sainte Croix in French, is located in southeastern France in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence region. It is a popular place for sightseeing, kayaking and other outdoor activites. Best known for its teareye shape and pristine blue waters, it is one of the most beloved attractions of the area.
HOW TO GET THERE
The only way to get to Sainte Croix lake is by car. Beach activities are accessible through the neighbouring villages at Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon, Bauduen and Les Salles sur Verdon.
The Sainte Croix lake is a man-made lake formed by the construction of the Dam of Sainte Croix in the early 70s. Where the lake water flows today originally lied a village called Salles-sur-Verdon, which was engulfed by the flooding waters. Today the landscape has adapted to this new man-made treasure. Who knows what mysteries still lie beneath this blue-water lake?
The lake is a popular spot for kayak enthousiasts, who flock here every year during summer to enjoy their time soaking up the sun and maybe take a dip in the turquoise waters. Rowing upstream you'll find yourself between the towering canyons of Gorges de Verdon, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful canyons in Europe.
For those less keen on atheletic activites, there are paddle boats avaible for rent. This is a more comfortable option to explore the crystal clear waters. Just remember to bring your sun screen with you as the sun's reflection in the water may take a double toll on your skin.
A 5 minute drive away and you'll find yourself in what looks like the set of the Sound of the Music. Lie down, take in the sweet aromas of the Lavenders and you'll truly feel like you're back in the 50s in the Austrian countryside singing along with Julie Andrews. From lushous lavender fields to inviting small villages, the abundance of what there is to do in Provence is a region with plenty to offer.
Not far from the Lac de Sainte Croix is a charming little village called Moustiers-Sainte-Marie. We would recommend taking a short lunch break over there or unwind at one of the river-side cafés.
Written and photographed by Pierre Ieong