SITUATION and HERITAGE
Situated on a rocky spur in a loop of the river, Entrevaux enjoys on top of an exceptional frame : in 500m of height on the Nice-Digne road, in the crossroads of the valleys of the Var and Daluis.
In the geographical zone of Verdon and in border of the Mercantour national park, unless one hour far from Nice and French Riviera.
"Door of France" on the border of the Southeast, and proud of its rich tempestuous, two-thousand-year-old past, Entrevaux is a historic village of character : the access to the medieval city is made by the Royal Door and its impressive drawbridge. With his fortifications, his narrow and high houses, his small places, his fountains and his terrace gardens, it is considered as one of the most beautiful of the Alpes de Haute-Provence.
. the Citadel and the Vauban fortifications ( classified as "historic monuments" )
. the Cathedral Our Lady of the Assumption : built between 1610 and 1627, it distinguishes itself by its carved bell tower; she presents an interior design of gothic style with a baroque heart.
It houses classified paintings as well as a Jean Eustache organ of 1717.
. the Mill to oil ( the only one in the department still in function )
. the Museum of the Powder magazine : installed in the former powder magazine of the XVIIth century, he redraws the military history of this fortified town
. Museum of the motorcycle : Michel and Franck Lucani, enthusiasts of "old bikes". Free entrance.
. The steam historic Train : Entrevaux is served for more than a century by the railroads of Provence and the famous Train des Pignes. You can also rise aboard the steam train of the GECP, still in circulation the weekends from May till November.
The red Gorges
Gorges du Cians : Cians river rises in the Mercantour national park, at the foot of the mount Mounier (2817m). Small alpine torrent sometimes dry, sometimes passionate during the snowmelt, it throws into the Var having found 23 km of an acrobatic way, sneaking through deep and narrow clues. We shall notice the geologic contrast enter the crystalline base of Mount Barrot, recognizable in its red lands (mudstones of volcanic sediments and lakeside muds dating from the end of the primary era) and the site of Beuil, sat on sedimentary series of marls and limestones put down on the base in the secondary era.
Gorges de Daluis : Immense walls cut in the red schist, in the same nature as those of Cians, more flared. At the bottom of these "canyons" (more of 300m of cliff) pour the Var into wild and magic environment. The old smuggler's path, allows, in the beauty of these landscapes and by marked out ways to pass from village to village.
In the moutains, in the woods
Territory of the Alpes de Haute-Provence imbricated in the Alpes-Maritimes in border of the Mercantour national park, we move in few kilometers into a multitude of landscapes : olive trees where sing cicadas, in the forests of pines, then of chestnut trees and larches, in the mountain pastures, dominating the gorges.
So many types of hikes and rides ( with moutain bikes and horses ) : athletic trekkings at the top of crests or more relaxing in the underbrush. Entrevaux is one of the most beautiful stages of the GR4, hiking trail that leaves Grasse to cross all Provence and the South of France.
In the rivers
Wildwater sports : Another way of discovering the somptuous settings of our territory, thanks to the activities proposed along the Var, or along its tributaries. These translucent running waters are accessible all year long because of their natural flow. In spring, during snowmelt, the river is swollen with runoff water and it's transformed into an extremely playful and physical course for all the fans of rafting. In summer, the level is lower but the canoe and the tubing allow a refreshing and sportive descent. Without forgetting the canyons where follow one another : slides, jumps, rappelling, for real and very exciting adventures !
Fishing : A real paradise for the lovers of river and lake fishing !
Yohann, qualified guide of fishing proposes you to discover the aquatic circles and their ecosystems, accompanied walks in river or sea trips, sensitizing on the protection of the fauna, the flora and the biodiversity.