Going up the Siagne

Discovering the Pays de Grasse
You’re on the rocky knoll on which the village of Auribeau-sur-Siagne was built in the Middle Ages. With its viewpoint indicator, it’s an excellent place to find out about the geography of the Pays de Grasse. Below you is the plain, the economic...
Alongside the Siagne
After a short walk in the shade, you’ll come to Lignières bridge, a footbridge across the Siagne, a small coastal river that rises in the Audibergue range. After crossing the limestone ranges, the river flows through crystalline landscapes from the...
The upper Siagne and the Ponadieu
At the end of a walking trail that goes down to the banks of the Siagne, you’ll come across an unusual geological feature known locally as the Ponadieu. This natural arch under which the Siagne river flows is the result of a limestone concretion...
The Siagne is a small coastal river
You’re looking down on the border between the Var and the Alpes-Maritimes departments, along which the Siagne river flows. This small coastal river covers 45 kilometres before flowing out to sea. It rises in the Audibergue mountain range in the...
Le Béal and the Siagne plain
Let’s stop for a minute next to the Siagne river at l’Ecluse. This is the point where a diversion canal called “ béal ”, a term commonly used in the south of France to mean canal, forks off from the Siagne. Although it doesn’t seem particularly...

Going up the Loup

The mid- Loup valley
The viewpoint terrace in the village of Gourdon is a wonderful spot from which to study the mid-valley of the Loup. There are three viewpoint indicators to help visitors to identify what they can see in the amazing landscape spread out before them....
Les Lauves
Let’s take advantage of this visit to Tourrettes-sur-Loup to unravel the mystery of one of the particular features of the landscape in the Pays de Grasse: the Lauves. Before we look at the geology, allow us to indulge in a spot of etymology and...
Calern plateau
You’re now on the Calern plateau in the heart of the limestone ranges of the Grasse pre-Alps. Straddling the communes of Cipières and Caussols, this plateau is an excellent example of the phenomenon known as karst that is omnipresent in this region...
The Loup and the Saut-du-Loup waterfall
The Saut-du-Loup waterfall is one of the highlights of the gorges du Loup circuit. Ever since the road through the gorges was built, it has been a favourite excursion spot and is well worth stopping off at on the way up to the villages in the upper...
The banks of the Loup
You’re now on the banks of the Loup, in the heart of the departmental nature reserve created by the General Council of the Alpes-Maritimes. As the map at the start of the path indicates, you can follow the trail to Villeneuve-Loubet. Enjoy the peace...

En complément

The rocks
Walk along the fitness trail on your right and a few hundred metres further on you’ll come across a quirk of nature in the limestone landscape of the Pays de Grasse: The Luchons. These rocks in amongst the trees look like they were put here by a...
Font Merle lake and its birds
Font Merle lake is a natural lake on the edge of the Valmasque departmental nature reserve. The lake was mentioned on the Cassini map as far back as the eighteenth century. It’s a great place for a bit of r & r with its vast meadow of willows,...