Most visitors to the Côte d’Azur don’t bother exploring inland, says Daniel Start, author of Wild Swimming in France, and thereby miss out on a remote landscape of clear rivers, water chutes and bubbling natural jacuzzis. One of the best and most dramatic of these natural water parks is the Clue d’Aiglun north of Cannes, where the Estéron river flowing from the Alpes-Maritimes has carved out canyons and rock passages in the white limestone. A small path from the road brings you down to a series of enticing azure pools, perfect for both swimming and snorkelling, but be aware, the water is fresh even at the height of summer.
The natural pools are surrounded by marble ledges where you can picnic before diving into the water. What’s really astonishing is that so few people venture to these wild hills so close to the coast that you’ll probably have them all to yourself.
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