In contrast to for example the Loup river, which is wild and short-tempered, the Esteron river is calm, composed and classy.
It flows gently throughout its entire 67 km journey, from its source at 1600 meter altitude, near Soleilhas, to where it flows into the river Var, near Saint-Martin-du-Var.
There are many beauty spots along the way, such as the Clue de Saint-Auban, the Clue d'Aiglun, and near Conségudes. These last two areas especially are ideal for a refreshing summertime swim!
Many walks offer nice views of the river, a couple of them starting near the village of Briançonnet.
Near the beautiful village of Gillette (some 20 minutes from Nice, worth a stop-over) , is the Pont de la Cerise, an old stone bridge across the Esteron river, just where it takes a sharp right turn and just before beautiful gorges that run for several hundreds meters.
A very good spot for some canyoning!
Park around here [43.856026 N, 7.136795E], and walk for about 25 minutes down the rocky track winding its way down to the river and the bridge.
Once at the bridge, walk down the rocky slope, get into the water and swim / walk / clamber across the rocks downstream to appreciate the beautifully sculpted white rock walls.
Strange rock formations provide a clue as to how these gorges where formed.
The water temperature is actually quite acceptable, especially on a hot summer's day.
Aiglun is a scenic village along the D10 road, about 90 mins from Nice.
Plenty of walks to be done, and if you fancy a swim, take the track down from the village parking area, in westerly direction; after about 25 minutes you'll arrive the so-called Clue d'Aiglun, which is a river gorge of the Esteron river.
See also best places to swim .