Grasse

Grasse offers generally pleasant scenery, and is a more relaxed alternative to the glitz along the coast. Its best known for its perfumeries, which include Fragonard Perfume – who operate 20 minute factory tour, that their website interestingly claims to offer in ‘all European languages.’ I’m not sure if that includes Basque, Finnish and Hungarian […]

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The Ridge Road – La Palud

The Ridge Road (Route des Crêtes) is a 23km loop from La Palud-Sur-Verdon, taking in some of the best high views of the gorge. Pure driving time is under an hour, but with stops the drives takes much longer. The road can be narrow at times, and winds narrowly against the cliffs’ edges, so do […]

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Les Gorges de Daluis

A spectacular red-rock canyon above the Var River, described as the Colorado of the Alps. At many points along the canyon, the road splits in two, with one direction tunnelling through rock and the other siding around the cliffs edge. […]

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Castellane

By virtue of its location at the gateway of Les Gorges du Verdon, Castellane is distinctively a summer town, and its population during this season is over ten times that of winter. In summer, there is an abundance of restaurants to choose from. Perched high on a rock that overlooks the town is the Chapel […]

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Refuge de la Cayolle

There is a mountain refuge with beds and food just north of Col de la Cayolle. There are day walks of varying lengths that you can take from here, including the Lakes Circular Trail (Circuit des Lacs). […]

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Jausiers

In the town of Jausiers there are large villas built in the 19th and 20th centuries with fortunes made in Mexico. One of these is is Le Château des Magnans, now a hotel and restaurant. […]

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