Welcome to Aups
Amber-hued Aups has a history that goes back much further than even its antique streets suggest, having been a Celtic oppidum (fortified settlement), Roman town, and even a Moorish stronghold. Now it would be best known as a gateway to the Gorges du Verdon to the north, if not for the period from November to late February that precious black gold – Tuber melanosporum (black truffles) – matures beneath its frigid ground. These alien-looking nuggets of black fungus are revered throughout France, ending up on many a Michelin-starred table. They can be viewed (and bought, if you have the coin) at the Thursday-morning truffle market on Aups' central plane-tree-studded square.
Truffle hunts and truffle-hunting demonstrations lure a crowd on the fourth Sunday in January during Aups’ annual Journée de la Truffe.