Near the beautiful village of Gillette (some 20 minutes from Nice, an authentic village with beautiful views on the river delta of the river Var, 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.
Very popular in summer, it is a great place for a picnic, a swim , or some 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.
When we were there yesterday (August 17th) the water was not cold at all, a perfect temperature actually, given the heat of the summer sun.
ps. For more pictures of the Esteron river, take a look at this page on the main web site.