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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 …
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…
Lake in Vallée du Haut Verdon

Lac d’Allos

It’s worth the trek (and metered traffic) to reach Europe's largest alpine lake, Lac d’Allos (2226m; inaccessible fall to spring). From Allos, narrow, bumpy D226 climbs 12km to parking; then it's a 40-minute walk. T…
Hostel in Vallée du Haut Verdon

Refuge du Lac d'Allos

What a spot this lovely lakeside inn has, plonked at 2220m by the water's edge, with mountains on all sides. In situ for more than a century, it's a classic stop for walkers with hearty mountain food and dorm beds f…
Hotel in Vallée du Haut Verdon

Le Martagon

A smart modern restaurant-with-rooms in the quiet village of Villars-Colmars, perfect for a lunch or dinner stop, with mountain specialities such as cheesy tartiflette, duck breast, locally cured ham and so on. Upst…
Food & Drinks in Vallée du Haut Verdon

Maison des Produits de Pays des Alpes du Verdon

This attractive cooperative shop is a great place to pick up local souvenirs, from goat's cheeses, jams and honeys to handmade candles and woodcrafts.