Departement of the Alpes de Haute Provence - Verdon - Pop.: 1.800 inh.
6 km North West from the Sainte Croix lake.
On route D952 between Gréoux les Bains (20km) and Moustiers Sainte Marie (14km).
Founded in the first century, this is the most ancient site of the Alpes de Haute Provence, called Riez la Romaine (the roman).
The rich past of this village can be appreciated by visiting its ruins which inclucie different epoques, from Gallo- Roman, medieval and to the Renaissance.
The four columns of a first century temple probable dedicated to Apollo are witnesses to this great past. They must not be overlooked and are the pride of Riez.
While strolling about the center ot Riez you will find yourself in a medieval atmosphere. Looking at the tiny streets and the tiny shops one can easily imagine what it was like in those times.
Today the little boutiques have been taken over by potters, faience artisans, and sculptors, and perpetuate these traditional arts and crafts to the pleasure of their visitors.
Riez is also an agricultural land which offers its tasty seasonal products such as truffles, honey, lavander, thym, and rosemary.
In Riez you will find one of the best truffle dishes of the region ("brouillade de truffe").
What to see:
Roman columns. Ste. Maxime Church.
14th c. doors Ayguiers and Samson.
Hotel de Mazan (Gothic private mansion, classified).
Tennis. Horseback riding. Mountain biking. Hiking trails.
Gutings in the canyons and lakes of Verdon (white water sports, climbing, gliding).
Bed and breakfast.