Upstream from the Verdon gorges, the Artuby region contains magnificent pre-Alpine countryside, complete with mountains, clear air, fresh mornings, flocks of sheep and relaxed walks – completely unexpected in the Var! Pretty, often tiny, villages are tucked away at the bottom of the mountains or in the foothills. Representing only sign of human habitation in this wilderness, the peace is part of their charm.
At 1714m (the highest summit in the Var), Le Lachans offers stunning views. Overlooking 5 departments, the view takes in the entire Var, from Sainte Baume to the Mediterranean, and Mercantour to the Italian Alps.
The River Artuby winds through the countryside, and flows into the Verdon at Trigance, at the Balcons de la Mescla. The Artuby Bridge is an outstanding bungee-jumping spot for thrill-seekers.
Don’t miss: the Templar chapel of Comps-sur-Artby, Château de Trigance, Bargème – a ‘Village de Caractère’, Artuby Bridge, the stone ‘Pont de Madame’ at La Martre, paragliding at the top of the Lachens, ewe cheese and wicker baskets…