Route: 40 km | Duration: 1 day | Recommended period: June/July
This route winds its way through the heights that follow the Loup mountain river, past unforgettable views and wonderful old villages.
Start at Colle-sur-Loup and follow the road to Tourrettes-sur-Loup, the town of violets, which is full of little shops selling violet tea and melon syrup. The Fête des Violettes is held here every year and ends with a battle of the flowers.
Follow the D2210 to Pont du Loup where you can stop at the Confiserie Florian to discover how candied fruit, flower jams and jelly fruits are made.
After buying some good oil in Opio, continue on to Le Bar-sur-Loup, a magnificent medieval village surrounded by beautiful terraces where oranges are cultivated. Three walking itiner aries depart from here, the circuits of which can be found at the tourist office. When the sky is clear, you can even see Corsica!
On the way to Gourdon, you will come across the Cascades des Demoiselles, where the calcium carbonate contained in the river water has calcified parts of the vegetation, and the Cascade de Courmes under which there is a scenic but slippery staircase.
Finally we arrive at Gourdon, a typical Provençal village enclosed by walls and perched on rocks, with many shops selling local perfumes and products. Don’t miss the views from the square at the highest point of the village and from the terrace of the Chateau de Gourdon, from where you can see the whole valley and the coast as far as Antibes.