Hikes and visits

The idea :

The region Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur is a French administrative region. Also named « PACA », the region gathers six departments : Vaucluse (84), Alpes de Haute-Provence (04), Hautes-Alpes (05), Alpes maritimes (06), Var (83), Bouches-du-Rhône (13).  We will discover le Var department which offers a large biodiversity from 1700 meters to the sea level.

We like to take time to show how is our country. We rent vans or take local buses,we avoid big cities unless your train or plane arrives there.  We stay at the same place most of the time (see accommodation) and eat good food (see food). We try to meet people with a different approach of tourism and way of life. Visiting organic farms, trying to understand what is biodynamy, having a real discussion with people in a café, wandering at the local market.
Restaurants and places to stay are to be paid separately. I will provide a full decription and cost of the whole trip and once you agree, I start to make reservation for you. The best timing is one year for the other.

Groups are maximum 15 persons +- 1 to 2 persons
Following are some « templates » of trip but you can add or ask for more or less as you want.


 

Around Provence verte
10 days –

Rocbaron (7)Ophrys splendidaSAinte baumeSaint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume (15)Montrieux Lucane cerf-volant (8)Montrieux (5)

Hikes and visits :

– Arrival, gathering and meeting. Trip presentation.
– Hiking in the Sainte Baume Hills (Marie-Madeleine’s grotto) and visiting Basilica in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume one of the Provence larger gothic constructions
– Special day in la Roquebrussanne : learning Provencal cooking
– Hiking around les Aiguilles de Valbelle and la Chartreuse de Montrieux.
– Visiting Barjols the village with 30 fountains and ancint tanneries, have a look to the Vallon des Carmes, with several cascades and a deep blue-green water.
– Visit of Cotignac and the cave dwelling built in a tuff cliff and the little village of Ponteves. And hiking around the Petit Bessillon.
– Old bauxite mines in Vins-sur-Caramy and the 16ème century castle. Having a rest and test the incredible sound in the Cistercian abbey of Le Thoronet.
– Hikes in Cuers range starting from Neoules typical provencal village.

To learn about Provence verte : Office du tourisme de la Provence verte

Vins-sur-Caramy (47)Colle noire RuscusBalade nature SAint MAximin (3)Shpnix de l'Euphorbe chenille (5)Pontevès BessillonMazaugues Bauxite


Between les Maures and the sea
10days –

Menhir de Lambert (1)EscarcetsBayardeBormes-les-Mimosas (44)EstagnolPinus pinea tronc (3)

Hikes and visits :

National Nature Reserve of La Plaine des Maures : a hot spot of biodiversity
From la Londe to Brégançon : walking along the coast
Little hike in the chestnut fields and visit of the Chartreuse de la Verne a Carthusian Monastery
Village of Collobrières and day hike in the Maures range.
One day on Porquerolles Island
One day on Port Cros National Park
The typical village of Bormes- les-Mimosas and the Rayol Canadel Mediterranean’s gardens.

More informations on Maures range : VisitVar

Plaine des MauresOrchis laxiflora (3)Hyères Port Cros (251)ChartreuseRamatuelle (14)Erythrina caffra (5)


Far east in the Esterel range
10 days –

Lac de l'ecureuilTrapanSAn luenCistus ladaniferAigle spFréjus (46)

Hikes and visits :

– A day for geology: Cap Dramont and the historical site of the Malpasset Dam
– Hiking in the Esterel range : Lac de l’écureuil
– Visiting historical town of Fréjus : roman ruins and Saint Raphael Cathedral
– The coastal area and bird watching: Villepey ponds and Vallon de la Gaillarde
– Inland an along the Argens river: the Rocher de Roquebrune
– Red Esterel with a hike in les Gorges du Blavet. Ending with the tiny village of Bagnols-en-Forêt and old millstone site.
– Few steps towards Nice: Cannes and Lerins Islands

More information on Esterel Range : VisitVar

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