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Top Choice Gastronomy in Moustiers Ste-Marie

La Bastide de Moustiers

A legendary table of Provence, founded by chef supremo Alain Ducasse. As you'd expect from this Michelin-starred, much-lauded restaurant, it's a temple to French cuisine – from the playful amuses bouches to the rich…
Top Choice Canyon in Vallée du Haut-Var

Gorges de Daluis

This stunning network of scarlet gorges looks for all the world like it's been collected from Arizona and plonked down in Haute-Provence. Carved out over the millennia by the Var River, it runs for 6km between Guill…
Top Choice Natural Feature in Vallée de la Vésubie

Vallée des Merveilles

Wedged between the Vésubie and Roya valleys, this narrow, remote canyon is famous for its amazing Bronze Age petroglyphs – ancient pictures carved into rock. In total, the valley contains more than 36,000 prehistori…
Top Choice Natural Feature in Parc National du Mercantour

Les Grès d'Annot

For an arresting insight into the forces of nature, a hike up to these massive, fractured stone blocks above the town of Annot is well worth the effort. Caused by volcanic activity around 35 million years ago, they'…
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Vallée de la Vésubie

Alpha

The grey wolf was hunted to extinction in France by 1930, but in 1992 two 'funny-looking dogs' were spotted near Utelle, presumably having loped across the Italian border. Since then, the animals have made a comebac…
Top Choice Monastery in Forcalquier

Prieuré de Salagon

Situated 4km south of Forcalquier near Mane, this peaceful priory dates from the 13th century. It’s well worth a visit to wander around its medieval herb gardens, fragrant with native lavender, mint, mugwort and oth…
Top Choice Gardens in Vallée de la Tinée

Arboretum Marcel Kroenlein

This alpine garden is probably the last thing you'd expect in tiny Roure. It's a pet project of Monaco's Prince Rainier, who's covered 15 steep-sided hectares (ranging in altitude from 1200m to 1700m) with mountain …
Top Choice Gastronomy in Moustiers Ste-Marie

La Ferme Ste-Cécile

Just outside Moustiers, this wonderful ferme auberge (country inn) immerses you in the full Provençal dining experience, from the sun-splashed terrace and locally picked wines right through to the chef’s meticulous …
Top Choice Church in Moustiers Ste-Marie

Chapelle Notre Dame de Beauvoir

High above the village, Moustiers' 14th-century church clings to a cliff ledge like an eagle’s nest. A steep trail climbs beside a waterfall to the chapel, passing 14 stations of the cross en route. High above, a 22…
Top Choice French in Vallée du Haut Verdon

La Ferme Girerd-Potin

Five kilometres from Allos at an altitude of 1700m, this working farm is a wonderful spot to try true mountain food – all of it homegrown, farm-raised, self-baked or home-cooked, from vegetables to bread, meats and …