'Jumping Jim' spotted on top of the Alpes-Maritimes
‘Jumping Jim’ spotted on top of the Alpes-Maritimes

The sandy beaches of the Côte d’Azur are all well and good but with temperatures now in the mid 30s we’ve been heading for higher ground to enjoy the fresh mountain breeze and some stunning alpine scenery.

Over the last few weeks we’ve pitched our tent near Saint-Martin-Vésubie, Lac de Castillon, Moulinet and Roquebillière. I’d recommend all these places for their picturesque scenery but for me the standout location is Saint-Martin-Vésubie. Here, you are just a short drive from the Mercantour national park, where there are over 600km of walks. (We’ve only managed one so far but it was four hours long!) The town is buzzy and attractive, with a small mountain stream called a gargouille running down the centre of its streets.

Saint Martin-Vésubie 's fresh mountain stream
Saint Martin-Vésubie ‘s fresh mountain stream

We were lucky as our trip coincided with the ‘Festival de Pain’, where they baked a giant loaf of bread and celebrated all things wheat-based. (Only in France…)