Within the infinite spaces of the regional natural park of Verdon, Bastide du Calalou is the ideal starting point (see Access) to visit Provence and the Var : the virgin landscapes of the Verdon gorges, the lakes of Sainte-Croix and Esparrons, the villages of Tourtour, Moustiers-ste-Marie, Salernes and its ceramic museum, Aups and its truffles, Cotignac, the perched villages of the High Var, the abbey of Thoronet and the Prehistory Museum of Quinson, Sainte-Maxime and Saint-Tropez, the vineyards and olive trees.
AWith the litoral and its 430 km of coasts, you will enjoy the beaches boarded by parasol pine trees. Charming villages like Sainte-Maxime or Saint-Tropez will multiply you love for the south.
Hills are alternatively covered with olive trees, lavender fields, vineyards and small villages. Wild pathes lead you from waterfalls to roman chapels and offer you its history and traditions.
Overlooking the valley, Bastide du Calalou is located at 600 m’s altitude, in an area reputed for its dry and pure air, free from pollution, favourable to the well-being of those suffering particularly from respiratory conditions and sleeping difficulties
The hotel is situated at the conjuncture of the vineyards and olive trees of Provence : visiting vineyards and olive oil mills.
Planned routes for a day trip starting from the Calalou which can be followed by car or motorbike will help you discover the region : Gorges of the Verdon, the lakes of Sainte-Croix and Esparrons. Tourtour (village in the sky), Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, Aups (capital of the black truffle), Sillans la Cascade. The cistercian abbey of the Thoronet, the Prehistory museum of Quinson (number 1 in Europe), hilltop hamlets of the high Var, unbroken countryside of the Verdon area.
Or even… Monaco, Nice, Marseille, Cassis, Toulon, Aix-en-Provence, Grasse, Saint-Paul de Vence, Sainte-Maxime and shuttle boat to Saint-Tropez. Day rental of a crewed boat for a day out on the sea, with on-board lunch – departure from Sainte-Maxime.
Location de bateau avec skipper pour une journée en mer, avec repas à midi à bord, au départ de Sainte-Maxime.
Spiritual visits : Chapels, abbeys, monasteries, pilgrimage destinations, Antique dealers and cottage industries to visit. Let’s not forget the renowed markets of Provence.
Hiking on signposted footpaths, cycling tours, and horse riding tours, 4x4 and quads tours. Helicopter tours with take-off from the Calalou.
Many golf courses including 2 about 45 minutes away.
Water sports on the Sainte-Croix lake and in the gorges du Verdon : sailing, pedalo, rafting, canoeing, bike, canyoning and other waterbound excursions.
… or dreaming by the swimming-pool or in the shade of the olive trees in the gardens.