Attractions

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 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 Museum in Digne-les-Bains

Musée Promenade

Situated 2km north of Digne-les-Bains in St-Bénoît, en route to Barle, this museum and outdoor park features four trails that explore the region's geology and natural history. Highlights include a sculpture park, a …
Church in Vallée de la Vésubie

La Madone de Fenestres

At an altitude of 1904m, this impressively situated hilltop church was supposedly founded on the site where a local villager had a vision of the Virgin Mary; twice a year, on 15 August and 8 September, there's a sol…
Nature Reserve in Digne-les-Bains

Réserve Géologique de Haute-Provence

It's hard to believe, but millions of years ago the Alps sat at the bottom of a vast temperate sea, leaving behind millions of fossils pressed into the rock – including ammonites, trilobites and even the footprints …
Village in Vallée du Haut Verdon

Colmars-les-Alpes

With its towers, turrets and ramparts, this medieval village looks like a relic from a Monty Python film set. In the late 14th century, the valleys around Allos and Barcelonnette to the north were given to the Duchy…
Ruins in Vallée de l’Ubaye

Fort de Tournoux

Originally built to protect the French border from invasion, and later used as part of the Maginot Line during WWII, this hillside fortress 18km northeast of Barcelonnette provides an evocative reminder of just how …