La Colle-sur-Loup

by Bert Schwarz

The French Riviera is a beautiful area that is anything but undeveloped and empty. Its beauty has been attracting holidaymakers, second home owners and newcomers for more than 100 years, leading to an enormous number of new buildings. The changes are noticeable from year to year. Nevertheless, the beauty of nature, the climate and the radiant light are something special from which, I think, no one can escape. And this is just the beginning, because there is so much that you can love here.

La Colle-sur-Loup

Story, Camera, Editor : Bert Schwarz

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Stories from
Provençe and Côte d'Azur
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Cassis
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Grasse
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La Ciotat
La Ciotat and the Mediterranean Sea are more than 20 km like an old couple.
La Colle-sur-Loup
on a short walk with potential.
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Les Calanques
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Marseille
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Mouans-Sartoux
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Mougins
is a real insider's tip, a gem that really deserves attention.
Sanary-sur-Mer
Sanary has been an insider tip in Provençe for over 100 years.
St. Paul de Vence
an artists' village?
Toulon
If you're looking for bling-bling, you're wrong here.

But: can there really still be secret places in the rapid spread of urban life? - Villages that the tourist masses have not yet discovered and yet are only a few kilometres from the coast?

The answer is a clear yes.

Grasse © Bert Schwarz

And there my problem (with myself) already gets going: The village deserves to be visited and admired. But when it's time, there will be so many people on their feet, I'm afraid that it will lose a lot of its charm and lovable character.

We visited the village and take you on our short walk through La Colle sur Loup.

Grasse © Bert Schwarz
Grasse © Bert Schwarz

It is not listed on the tourist map, but it is also not off the beaten track. In fact, it is the same distance to Nizza or Grasse, and it is right next to Cagnes sur Mer. This is important for campers with caravans or camper vans that are bigger than "hugging balls". The side roads leading from Grasse are definitely too narrow! Camping Les Pinèdes is a four-star campsite which we visited and which will probably become our domicile during our next visit to the Côte d'Azur.

Grasse © Bert Schwarz

The village is honestly not so spectacular that if you stay only a few days, you have to come here. But what is especially interesting for campers is the proximity to the sea, the proximity to places like Grasse, Nice, Antibes, etc. and then it is also worth taking the time to stroll on the pedestrian zone and enjoy the tranquility of a charming, really authentic Provençal village and get to know the new (temporary) neighbours.