Truffles are One Reason to Visit Aups in Provence
Reasons to Visit Aups:
A Beautiful Location
Located between the Mediterranean coast and the Alps, the village of Aups is at an elevation of 505 metres (1,657 ft). Considered as the capital of the Haut Var, this mid-sized town has a population of roughly 2200 residents. However, on a busy summer weekend, the volume of people swells as Aups is considered the “gateway” to the Verdon Regional Natural Park, Lac St Croix and the stunning Gorges du Verdon.
Truffles and More
The traditional market days in Aups are Wednesday and Saturday mornings throughout the year. During the black truffle season, from November to February, there is a Thursday morning market. The fourth (4th) Sunday in January the Fete de la Truffe Noire d’Aups – is a festival surrounding the black truffle. The musty aroma of black fungi permeates the village. The festival includes a truffle market along with other local Provencal culinary delights.
Make time to visit the Maison de la truffe in Place Martin Bidouré. Dedicated to all things truffle, this space includes a shop, museum and discovery area. The facility closes on Sundays, and the hours change seasonally, so please check the website.
Well worth visiting is the Musée de Faykod located just outside of Aups. Discover the impressive hand-carved Carrera marble pieces by talented sculptor Maria de Faykod. Graceful white marble pieces by this French artist dot the sculpture garden. The museum’s visiting hours change seasonally, check the website before visiting.
The Musée Simon Segal art museum is located in the former chapel of an Ursuline convent. This contemporary art collection donated by Bruno Bassano includes paintings from schools in Bourges, Paris and Toulon. The museum’s collection incorporates over 280 paintings, drawings and charcoal sketches. Check the Facebook page for opening hours.
Take a Village Walk
The tourism website provides details for a nine (9) stop self-guided walking tour of the old village. It’s hard to miss the 25-metre high clock tower with its wrought-iron campanile. This 16th-century structure was built as a defensive watchtower and subsequently used as a prison.
Place Martin Bidouré