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  • 1 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..

  • 2 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..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 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..

  • 5 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..

  • 6 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..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 Mont Vinaigre Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 06590 Théoule-sur-Mer

    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 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..

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

    Religious buildings

    Roche-Blanche F - 83140 Six-Fours-les-Plages

    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..

  • 11 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..

  • 12 Thoronet Abbey Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    D79 F - 83440 Le Thoronet

    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..

  • 13 Domaine du Rayol Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    av. des Belges F - 83820 Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer

    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 ..

  • 14 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..

  • 15 Sainte-Baume Massif Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 83640 Le Plan-d'Aups

    This massif is the longest and highest of the Provencal range, reaching 1,147m at the Signal de la Sainte-Baume. The bare and arid south face rises gently from the Cuges lake basin to the 12km-long ridge line, offering a splendid panorama from Saint-..

  • 16 Exotic gardens Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    52 bd du Jardin-Exotique MC - 98000 Monaco

    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..

  • 17 Casino terrace Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    pl. du Casino MC - 98000 Monaco

    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..

  • 18 The Rock of Monaco Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Avenue St-Martin MC - 98000 Monaco

    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...

  • 19 Musée Océanographique Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    av. St-Martin MC - 98000 Monaco

    The main attraction of the Oceanographic Museum is the spectacular aquarium, which houses 6 000 specimens. The highlight here is the "lagoon", an incredible reconstruction of a coral reef inhabited by large marine predators. Other interesti..

  • 20 Musée de la Mine de Cap-Garonne Interesting

    Museums and art

    1000 chemin Baou Rouge F - 83220 Le Pradet

    This copper source, mined from 1862 to 1917, has been converted into a mining museum. Sporting a hard hat, you will discover the work carried out by the miners from Piedmont, Italy and a fine collection of minerals from all over the world. Light and ..

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