In summer, the heat hits the Côte d’Azur. The locals have a natural cool solution: take a dip in fresh water rivers on the Côte d’Azur – choose from among the thirty streams, lakes and rivers the destination offers! Places that are also great for seasoned swimmers in the low season… Here is our selection of the 7 most beautiful river bathing sites on the Côte d’Azur.
LES MARMITES DE LA BOLLÈNE – VÉSUBIE VALLEY
A beautiful emerald green bathing site: head to the Vésubie valley…
For lovers of canyoning, this bathing site on the Côte d’Azur has a waterfall that turns into a giant 15 meter slide! In Vésubie valley, on the road to the famous Col de Turini, you will find an emerald pool in the shape of a big pot. Les Marmites de la Bollène are among the must-visit swimming places on the Côte d’Azur.
How to get there: from La Bollène-Vésubie, continue along the D70 towards Col de Turini. Go past Chapelle Saint-Honorat and park a kilometre further on.
ROQUESTÉRON BEACH – ESTERON VALLEY
A family bathing site in the heart of the Estéron regional park…
Ideal for Sunday outings, this wide swimming spot in the huge lake means you can let the children paddle in peace, while you prepare lunch on one of the picnic tables there.
How to get there: Turn left at the entrance to the village on the D1 in the direction of La Roque-en-Provence. Turn left 200 meters ahead which leads directly to the site.
LE TROU DE L’ÉLÉPHANT – VÉSUBIE VALLEY
A remarkable natural bathing site… You will love the crystal clear water!
It owes its name to the rock in the shape of an elephant, plunging his trunk into this natural pool. Not far from Saint-Colomban, still in the Vésubie valley, whitened stones polished by time coil around this lake which creates a lovely private feel.
How to get there: From Plan du Var, go up the Vésubie valley (M2565) and 1 km before Lantosque turn right towards Loda and Saint-Colomban. Follow the road towards Colomban – Camari on the M273.
LES RIVES DU LOUP – VALLÉE DU LOUP
Want some cool? You’ll love this river bathing site!
This bathing site takes its name from the 55 hectares of the regional park which surrounds it and the Loup, a small coastal river that is sometimes a torrent and rises in the Préalpes de Grasse. Leaving the village of Bar-sur-Loup, the luxuriant vegetation is revealed on a quiet bank with beautiful pebbles
How to get there: From La Colle-sur-Loup, take the D6 towards Bar-sur-Loup / Grasse. At the traffic lights at the end of the village, take a small road on the left. The car park is at the end.
L’OASIS DE PLANFAE
A 100% Côte d’Azur bathing site in a wild countryside setting!
A pebble beach, in the middle of nowhere among the wild plants and peace and quiet of this cold and limpid water – a very special place. Spilling from the brook of the same name, Planfae has plenty of routes suitable for canyoning; it rises from a spring in Paillon de Contes.
How to get there: join Coaraze through the Paillon valley and continue towards the Saint-Roch pass. About 7 km after leaving the road on the left that goes to the hamlet of Engarvin, park near the bridge that crosses the creek.
LES DALLES DE LA ROUDOULE
A beautiful place for swimming with sunny flat stone slabs, ideal for relaxing on the Côte d’Azur…
These flat stones are a curiosity around Puget-Theniers. It is a succession of lakes with smooth pleasant slabs that slow down the steep Roudoule gorges, where you can take a dip in sunny tranquillity.
How to get there: From Puget-Théniers, take the D16 towards Puget-Rostang. After 3 km stay on the D16 towards La Croix-sur-Roudoule. After another 3 km you arrive within view of the suspension bridge 90 m above the Roudoule gorges. Continue on the D16 and park on the left 800 m on just before a cabin.
LA CLUE DE LA CERISE
Idyllic location in the setting of a limestone hollow in the centre of the Estéron…
La Clue de la Cerise is a dream site for swimming on the Côte d’Azur in peace. Overlooking this natural pool, the old bridge of the same name tops off the beauty of the situation.
How to get there: a wooden post (beacon no. 17) indicates the direction of Pont de la Cerise. Go down the obvious track (possibility of cutting off a few bends by using a path marked in yellow) to the Pont de la Cerise overlooking the river Clue (don’t jump!). Access to the river is via the sloping slabs immediately to the right after the bridge.
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BREATHE: DIRECTION MERCANTOUR!
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