Between the sky and snow, between the sea and the mountains, between the majestic Var valley and the erratic banks of the Paillon river, the canton of Levens will offer you Ten Smiles. A land of olive trees and villages perched up on rocky ledges like the eagles’ nest overlooking the Nice region, villages nestled into the hills where time appears to have stood still, river-side villages that have been caught up by modern living: nothing but contrasts, and perfect for visiting. They live peacefully in harmony with the seasons; they appear similar from afar, and one might think them identical, as they jealously watch over the secret of their differences, inviting you come to discover what makes them stand apart.
Theme days and weekends: ‘Route des Saveurs’ (the Route of Flavours, to discover local cuisine), ‘Route des Oliviers’ (Route of Olive Trees, to visit oil mills and sample local products), ‘Route des Chevaliers’ (Knights’ Route, to discover art and history and visit mediaeval sites).
Things to see: Maison du Portal in Levens, Figas museum in Duranus. Château-museum of Natural History and living museum of old trades in Tourrette-Levens. Oil-mil museum in Saint-Blaise, “Le Saut des Français” historic site in Duranus, Notre-Dame de la Paix Cistercan Abbey in Castagniers.
The Les Oliviers cultural centre, the tasting shop and the new museum at the Spinelli mill in Castagniers, the tour of the hillside village of La Roquette sur Var.