The geology of emotion

Var and Cians

Upstream from the gorges of Cians and Dalius is the widening plateau of Beuil-Valberg, famous for winter and summer sports. Dominated by the pyramid of Mont Mounier, this is the realm of the larch. Further west, in the valley of Entraunes, the hamlets and villages accented with balconies kissed by the sun. On one bank and another of the Var lies a landscape of woods and meadows of hay, on which rise the chalky spires of Pelens and the sandstone massif cliffs of Sanguinière. The geology is exciting in this corner of the Alps: the gorges of Dalius and Cians are reddish, engraved for miles in perlites; they are the fragile “penitent ladies” of a Carneola peon, the limestone of Mont Mounier, shaped by glaciers. Here it is worth walking with feet firmly planted on the ground and noses upwards, ready to marvel at the many forms of the landscape.


Beuil

» Altitude: 1450m. / People: 493

Sights

The Chapel of the Pénitents Blancs, the Beuil parish church, the walls of fortified houses, the wash house and the old bread over

Sports

summer hiking in the Mercantour National Park, canyoning in the Gole del Cians and its tributaries, paragliding
winter alpine skiing, cross country skiing and snowshoeing

Information

contact: Tourism Office +33 (0)4 93 02 32 58 - fax +33 (0)4 93 02 35 72
email: office.de.tourisme@beuil.fr
website: www.beuil.com


Châteauneuf d'Entraunes

» Altitude: 1275m. / People: 68

Sights

The Church of Saint-Nicolas, with its seventeenth century baroque interior, the Chapel of Saint-Joseph, in which naïve paintings are preserved, the remains of a medieval castle of the town of Tourrès, gorges and the Barlatte mill

Sports

Numerous walking tours allow you to discover alpine nature. In the months of September and October, it is possible to hear the roars of the stags.

Information

contact: Town Hall +33 (0)4 93 05 54 76 - fax +33 (0)4 93 05 58 91
email: maire.chateauneufentraunes@smtm06.fr
website: www.valdentraunes.fr


Entraunes

» Altitude: 1250m. / People: 128

Sights

The thirteenth and seventeenth century Church of Notre-Dame de la Nativité, with its asymmetrical tower and five canvas paintings by J.S. de Castellane, the chapel of Saint-Sébastien, a listed building, which contains frescoes dating back to 1516 by Andrea de Cella, the later nineteenth century fountain and wash house and the Aiglière Waterfall, with water falling from 100m.

Sports

summer Entraune is the kingdom of hiking – the circuit of lakes and the Sanguinière and Estrop Valleys – especially thanks to the animated professional instructors and guards
winter snowshoeing and alpine skiing are a must to enjoy in the snow

Information

contact: Town Hall +33 (0)4 93 05 51 26 - fax +33 (0)4 93 05 50 03
email: mairie.entraunes@smtm06.fr
website: www.valdentraunes.fr


Guillaumes

» Altitude: 800m. / People: 694

Sights

The remains of the castle of Queen Giovanna, built around 1450, the church of Saint-Etienne of Lombard, which was begun in the twelfth century, the museum of popular arts and traditions, the agricultural cooperative and dairy industry, the provisioning cooperative founded in 1902, the wash house of William II (named after the founder of the city) and the old mill, all of which reflect the daily life of the past.

Sports

Besides hiking in Mercantour National Park, the summer allows you to play aquatic sports in the gorges of Daluis and bungee jump from the Bridge of the Bride. In the winter, the nearby ski resort of Valberg provides efficient access to the slopes.

Information

contact: Town Hall +33 (0)4 93 05 50 13 - fax +33 (0)4 93 05 54 75
email: mairie.guillaumes@wanadoo.fr
website: www.pays-de-guillaumes.com


Péone

» Altitude: 1172m. / People: 877

Sights

A unique town in the Maritime Alps with an environment consisting of dolomitic rock peaks (demoiselles) at the foot of which houses are built, the chapel of the Pénitents blancs, restored in 2010, the old town with its old houses and roofs with shingles, which blend with the Italian Alpine influence, the listed baroque church of Saint-Vincent-de-Saragosse, which houses canvases of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and a path of heritage to discover the hidden treasures and history of Péone all within an hour.

Sports

winter skiing is the lion’s share, with the Valberg restort and linkage to Beuil and open cross country trails
summer no one could be bored in Péone, with the possibility for long excursions on foot and on horseback to Mount Mounier or the dôme di Barrot

Information

contact: Office de tourisme 04 93 23 24 25 - fax 04 56 09 03 53
email: ot@valberg.com
website: www.valberg.com


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