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This week we head off in the direction of St Jeannet village to immerse ourselves in the Provençale ambiance of this elevated village lodged between the two most famous cliffs, or baous as they are called in the regional dialect, on the Côte d'Azur coastline.


Alpinism, walks and panoramic views
The village of St. Jeannet, perched between St. Jeannet cliff and Gaude cliff, is overlooked by a small, 800m high flat-topped mountain loved by alpinists and walkers.
A walking path starting from the centre of the village leads all the way to its summit. Although the first part is a bit taxing, the rest of the path follows the cliff's gentler right flank.
The walk is not too difficult and is within the reach of all the family. It takes about an hour to reach the top from where you can enjoy stunning views.
For information, about mid-way, the road splits, leading to St. Jeannet's cliff on the left, or Gaude's cliff on the right.


Food and views...
From Ste. Barbe square at the entrance to St. Jeannet, you get magnificent panoramic views right across to the sea; and the “Terrasse du Panorama”, in the middle of the village, similarly boasts exceptional views of the surrounding countryside and the Bay of Angels.
The territory of St. Jeannet includes the commune's last existing great vineyard: the Sausses vineyard, inextricably linking the village's history to vine growing.
After the war and right up to the early sixties, luxury Parisian delicatessens stocked the “St-Jeannet tardif” label for New Year celebrations.
Nowadays, around a dozen growers still make their own wine, but only one, René Rasse, can be considered a large concern.
His 44 hectares farm, which is also open for visits, produces 15,000 bottles per year, and his red and white wines are available in many restaurants across the region.


Restaurants, culinary tasters and romantic stay
From the old La Gaude road, the Collets path leads to the "Graine & Ficelle” farm, which offers a plethora of epicurean, ecological and culinary delights.
From the pleasures of the table, enjoying natural products grown in the organic garden, to cookery classes and creating cosmetics workshops, from guided tours of the farm to opportunities to buy farm-made natural products, there are plenty of opportunities for both young and old to lose themselves in country living in the middle of these green, tranquil and romantic surroundings.
The farm has an eco-Lodge that offers nights closer than close to nature, and is equipped with a separate kitchen and furnished garden.
The farm also has a guest room that gives on to the garden and boasts spectacular views of the valley and sea that are best enjoyed at breakfast.
The charm of this place ensures a complete and total nature getaway that obliges you to take the time to live and enjoy.

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Saint Jeannet

Sausses Vineyard : 800, route des Sausses - Tél : 04 93 24 96 01

Valérie Pellegrini

29 Juin 2011
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