Aiglun

Yesterday I made a roadtrip through the pre-Alpes hinterland. Turned out to be quite a lenghty trip, passing through Pont-du-Loup, Greolieres, Thorenc and then east to Aiglun.

Aiglun is a tiny village, tucked away in the pre-Alpes hills, and has some beautiful canyoning opportunities, in the Esteron river. Unfortunately during this trip I was not able to take pictures of the best canyoning (and swimming) spots, as I got there too late in the day.

The road towards Aiglun is stunning; also very winding and in many places too narrow for two cars to pass each other. But that is never a problem, there’s always a point with a  little bit more space and locals are very friendly.

Le Mas
Le Mas – On the way to Aiglun
Le Mas
Le Mas – time seems to have stood still. Absolute silence…
Aiglun
The village of Aiglun
Road to Aiglun
Road to Aiglun
Village of Aiglun
Village of Aiglun
Esteron river IMG_3281
The Esteron river has carved out some magnificent pools, great for swimming – better pictures coming soon!
Road to Aiglun - a bit narrow in place
Road to Aiglun – a bit narrow in place

 

Îles de Lerins – St. Honorat

As part of a family celebration, we (my children and I) went to see one of the Îles de Lérins, the smaller of two, called Saint Honorat.

The Îles de Lérins are two islands just off the coast of Cannes, and reachable by ferry, taking just about 15mins.

ferry to Saint Honorat island
The ferry to Saint Honorat island

Saint Honorat is the smaller of the two, less busy and closer to its natural wild state. Key words are; crystal clear waters, rocky coastline, beautiful views on Cannes and the mountains beyond.. and of course the cigales.

Iles de Lerins crystal clear water
Iles de Lerins: crystal clear water

There is no better place for a picnic, a swim and a gentle stroll through the native pine forest…

St Honorat Monastery
St Honorat Monastery and Church

Saint Honorat is inhabited by monks, who have lived there since about the year 400.. they produce local wines from their vineyards.

Ruins of a former monastery, dating back to the 11th century
Ruins of a former monastery, dating back to the 11th century

 

Sainte Agnès

Last night the wind picked up, and the Mistral started to blow. And when it does, it clears the sky and sweeps it clean, clean from dust, clean from humidity.. the result is a deep blue sky and fantastic visibility…

Which is why I decided to go and visit the tiny village of Sainte-Agnès, a village tucked away in the hills behind Menton, north-east of Nice.

Sainte-Agnès
Sainte-Agnès

The village itself is very picturesque; and above it, on top of  a hill , are the ruins of an old castle. Walking up from the village, through a beautiful garden, one has splendid views on the Mediterranean Sea, and the towns of Menton to the left, and Roquebrune-Cap-Martin to the right.

View on Menton, from Sainte-Agnès
View on Menton, from Sainte-Agnès

Once the Mistral has been flowing for a bit longer, 2 -3 days, visibility will further improve and you may be able to spot the silhouettes of the mountains of Corsica at the horizon…

Sainte-Agnès
Sainte-Agnès
Sainte-Agnès Caste Ruins
Sainte-Agnès Caste Ruins

On top of the hill lie the ruins of an old castle; this is the highest point of the hill that Sainte-Agnès sits on, and you’ll be able to enjoy 360 degree views…

Recommended for a visit!