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  • 1 Porquerolles Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Île de Porquerolles F - 83400 Hyères

    Seven km long, 2.5km wide and covering 1 254ha, the largest and most most eastern of the Hyères Islands was named after this village. The northern coastline boasts numerous sandy beaches bordered by pines, heather and sweet myrtle. The southern coast..

  • 2 Cians Gorge Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 06470 Beuil

    Between Beuil and the Var Valley, the River Cians has cut through red schist and limestone to create some of the most beautiful steep gorges in the Alps. Its powers of erosion are increased tenfold in the weakest places, and thus the river has carved..

  • 3 Saint-Pilon Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 83640 Plan-d'Aups-Sainte-Baume

    There is a magnificent panorama (with a viewpoint indicator) from Saint-Pilon in the heart of the Sainte-Beaume massif: to the north, of the Hôtellerie de la Sainte-Baume in the foreground, Mont Ventoux in the distance, the Luberon, Montagne de Lure,..

  • 4 Estérel mountains Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 06150 Cannes

    This low-lying, ravined mountain range extends to the sea with promontories, deep creeks, headlands and beaches. Its fire-red colours form a striking contrast with the indigo blue of the Mediterranean. The Corniche d'Or coastal road running between C..

  • 5 Port-Cros Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Île de Port-Cros F - 83400 Hyères

    A day at Port-Cros is a real delight. With its small harbour where you can discover underwater flora and fauna and a botanical path overlooking the sea which, after the Estissac fort (exhibition) leads to Palud beach. Here the braver visitors take th..

  • 6 Mount Faron Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Mont-Faron F - 83200 Toulon

    One reaches this mount (584 m) which dominates the city, by one of the few cable-cars in the world situated by the seaside: during the ascent and over the cliff road, the view over Toulon and its harbour is magnificent. Prepared paths and play areas ..

  • 7 Îles d'Hyères Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 83400 Hyères

    The short crossing and walks around these well-preserved islands are bound to be a highlight of any trip to the Côte d'Azur. Inhabited in turn by monks, pirates and garrisons, the three Hyères Islands are each different but all idyllic: Le Levant is ..

  • 8 Monte Carlo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du casino MC - 98000 Monaco

    With its casino, palaces and luxuriant gardens, the name Monte Carlo is synonymous with gambling and the high life. Developed in the late 19C by the Bains de Mer company, Monte Carlo is today a tightly packed haven of rich villas and buildings. To th..

  • 9 Vallée de la Tinée Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 06420 Saint-Sauveur-sur-Tinée

    A veritably uplifting landscape dotted with lovely villages (St-Sauveur-sur-Tinée, St-Étienne-de-Tinée...), perched ever-higher up spectacular hairpin roads. These outposts of civilisation (and the frescoes and reredoses that they retain) come as a s..

  • 10 Daluis Gorge Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 06470 Daluis

    Hewn by the River Var through the red schist carpeted by fresh greenery, the Daluis Gorge is of a depth, fierceness and colour that is unparalleled. The overhanging walkway offers fine views of the gorge, especially on a bright afternoon. Popular wit..

  • 11 Val d'Entraunes Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 06470 Entraunes

    100km from Nice, at the threshold of the Mercantour National Park, the Entraunes Valley seems far from it all and for that reason is well worth a visit. Among its many available walks, choose those through the Daluis Gorge, or up the Col de la Cayoll..

  • 12 Gorges of Haute Provence Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 06850 Saint-Auban

    Hidden away in Haute-Provence's mosaic of enclosed valleys is a world of little hamlets and perched villages, each more charming than the last. From one valley to the next, rushing torrents have hewn through mountain ranges forming superb clues (gorg..

  • 13 Plateau St-Michel Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 06000 Nice

    Heading east from Nice, the Grande Corniche heads up to the St-Michel plateau, offering views back over Nice and the Bay of Angels; to the front is La Drète fort. On the right a road leads to the Observatory of Mont-Gros, an international centre of a..

  • 14 Villa Ephrussi-de-Rothschild Gardens Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    1 1 Avenue Ephrussi de Rothschild F - 06230 Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

    Seven hectares of heavenly gardens surround the Villa Ephrussi-de-Rothschild. They follow a thematic scheme: the French garden has running water and a Temple of Love; the Spanish garden is planted with exotic species; the Florentine garden has a marb..

  • 15 Fernand Léger National Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    chemin min du Val de Pome F - 06410 Biot

    Sited on the Mas St-André estate, bought by Fernand Léger (1881-1955), for whom Andreï Svetchine constructed this sober edifice in 1960; the interior was renovated by Marc Barani in 2008. On the ground floor is a large stained-glass window inspired b..

  • 16 Vésubie Valley Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 06450 Lantosque

    The River Vésubie rises in the Alpes Niçoises and becomes one of the most beautiful valleys in the hinterland behind Nice. Its lower course from Plan-du-Var has hewn a steep gorge prior to its joining the River Var. The Mediterranean landscape betwee..

  • 17 Turini Forest Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 06450 La Bollène-Vésubie

    This 3 500ha forest is situated between the valleys of the Vésubie and the Bévéra. From the south, the Col de Braus road climbs through beech, chestnut and maple trees. Beyond the Col de Turini, the D68 (Route de l' Authion) heads through fir trees a..

  • 18 Loup Valley Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 06620 Le Bar-sur-Loup

    During its short journey from rising on Mt Audibergue to flowing into the Mediterranean, the River Loup has over the ages hewn one of Haute-Provence's most beautiful valleys; a vertical gorge dotted with potholes. Heading upstream, visitors will disc..

  • 19 Gros cerveau Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 83190 Ollioules

    Climbing up from Ollioules through the terraced fields and scrubland towards the top of Gros Cerveau, there is a view over the knoll of Six-Fours Fort, Toulon's Small Harbour, dominated by Mount Faron, and of Mount Caume which rises to 801m. The arid..

  • 20 Basilica of Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville F - 83470 Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume

    It was after the discovery of the tombs of St. Mary Magdalene and St. Maximin in the 13C that Charles d'Anjou built this basilica, a remarkable example of Gothic architecture. The exterior blends northern influences and local traditions. The interior..

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