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  • 1 Col d'Illoire Pass Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    This pass marks the end of the gorge and gives you a final chance to admire the Grand Canyon stretching uphill as far as the eye can see. The view below takes in a stunning horizon of blue-tinged mountain tops, including the ridge of the Mt Sainte Vi..

  • 2 Lac de Sainte-Croix Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    This lake created at the edge of the Gorges du Verdon in 1975 covers 2 200ha. Its 10km of intensely blue-green waters are ideal for water sports. Lined with typical Provence villages and beaches, it also affords lovely views of the surrounding landsc..

  • 3 Toulon Harbour Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Without a doubt one of the Mediterranean's prettiest harbours, boasting the attractions of both the sea and the mountains. A boat trip is the perfect way to see Toulon's military installations and the incredible sight of the town dominated by the mou..

  • 4 Beach Promenade Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Most of this walk is in the shade, on sandy paths carved out of the pine forests. The itinerary takes you along Courtade's fine sand beach then, after the Pointe du Lequin, turns sharply towards the sea and the lovely, huge and very remote Notre Dame..

  • 5 Exotic gardens Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Clinging to the cliff, offering a view that extends as far as the Italian Riviera, the Jardin Exotique provides a rare change of scenery, with 900 varieties of beautiful semi-arid plants. Species include hundred-year-old cacti, euphorbias, giant aloe..

  • 6 The Rock of Monaco Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Avenue St-Martin

    Overlooking the sea, the rock (rocher) is crowned with the ramparts of the old town and has an almost theatrical feel. The attractive 16C-18C houses, all painted in the same bright salmon pink, are huddled together in a maze of pretty narrow streets...

  • 7 Val d'Entraunes Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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..

  • 8 Mont Vinaigre Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Mont Vinaigre was once a haunt of brigands and the most dangerous spot in the Esterel massif. From this high point (618m) there is a fine view: from left to right, Cap-d'Antibes, Pointe de la Croisette, Cannes, the Gulf of La Napoule; straight ahead,..

  • 9 Notre-Dame-du-Mai Chapel Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Route Forestière

    The highest point on the Cap Sicié Peninsula which stretches out from Sanary (318m), this chapel overlooks the cape and the sea from its steep height, providing a beautiful view from the Iles d'Hyères to the coves around Marseille. Many interesting e..

  • 10 Thoronet Abbey Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    D 79

    Thoronet Abbey is located among oak trees in a wild and remote site between a river and a spring that fits right in with the austere rule of St. Bernard. The abbey affords a moment of serenity to those who come for a visit. It is the oldest of the th..

  • 11 Domaine du Rayol Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Avenue des Belges

    The exceptional Domaine du Rayol is one of the most beautiful sites on the Var coast. It takes its name from the stream that winds through its terraced slopes covered with cork oak, mimosa and pine trees. A vestige from an era of luxury, the Domaine ..

  • 12 Musée Picasso Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Château Grimaldi

    In 1946, Picasso was looking for a studio where he could create large-scale works. Museum curator Romuald Dor de la Souchère offered the painter a large room in the Château Grimaldi. The eager artist said "I won't only paint for myself here. I'l..

  • 13 Musée Matisse (Villa des Arènes) Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    164 avenue des Arènes-de-Cimiez

    Dominating the sea, this 17C villa, with its Sienna earth colour, houses around 30 paintings by Matisse (1869-1954). From dark palettes to canvases lit with the Mediterranean sun, then, after a stay in Morocco, to pure colour, and finally to the refi..

  • 14 Île St-Honorat Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Île St-Honorat

    This island is a private estate owned by the monastery and is partly covered by a beautiful pine, eucalyptus and cypress forest. The old monastery, which is lapped by the water on three sides, was built in 1073. The current monastery and church date ..

  • 15 Kérylos Greek Villa Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Impasse Gustave-Eiffel 

    This replica of an ancient Greek house was built in 1902 on a site reminiscent of the Aegean coast by and for the archaeologist Théodore Reinach. Original pieces stand alongside copies and reproductions of furniture and frescoes. All the windows offe..

  • 16 Giens Peninsula Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    rte de Giens

    On this peninsula, between the two tombolos (strips of sand), the old salt marshes of the Étang des Pesquiers are home to pink flamingoes. In the little resort of Giens, where Saint-John Perse rests in peace, there is a fine panorama and a pretty lit..

  • 17 Massif des Maures Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    From the Hyères to St Raphaël, emerald-green vegetation reaches between the sea and the Gapeau and Argens valleys. Numerous resorts line the coast, affording additional viewpoints and charming landscapes; the Corniche des Maures is a magnificent road..

  • 18 Casino terrace Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    pl. du Casino

    An oasis of palm trees, the casino terrace offers a splendid view of the coastline from Monaco to Bordighera. The surrounding gardens, adorned by the Hexa Grace, a work by Vasarely in enamelled volcanic rock, were laid out on the rooftops of the Spél..

  • 19 Musée Océanographique Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Avenue St-Martin

    Created in 1910 by Prince Albert I, the Oceanographic Museum takes visitors on a voyage into the deep. Many come just for the spectacular aquarium, which houses 6 000 specimens, and the highlight of which is the Lagoon, an incredible reconstruction o..

  • 20 Alpha Wolf Park Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Chalet d'Accueil du Boréon

    1 500m up, at the heart of the Mercantour National Park, this establishment puts the emphasis on education. Named after the dominant pair in the pack, the park's aim is to reconcile mankind with ecology and the wolf. Half the 12ha park is set aside f..

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