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 Tourism, holiday & travel in Andon
Insee code06003
AltitudeFrom 911 to 1649 meters
Surface54.30 km²
Population581 inhabitants
Density10 inhabitants/km²


Chief townNice (at 59 km, 68 min)Caille at 5.7 km (10 min)
DepartmentAlpes-MaritimesSéranon at 8.2 km (13 min)
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Andon, flanked by quiet common on the mountain, stretches over a vast area that includes the town of Thorenc, the hamlet of channels and the station Audibergue.

Housed in a plain, protected by mountainous north, and south Andon station for all seasons, offers many possibilities for accommodation, hospitality and local cuisine that offer retailers and restaurateurs will make you fall in love with the region's strong and rich culture of its many relics.

Located in the valley of the Lane, at the foot of the Col de Bleynie, Thorenc, resort famous since the 19th century, for its part offers a diversity of flora and fauna that can not remain indifferent to the nature lovers. Sports, or even simple walkers, we invite you to explore the many hiking trails that take you from one valley to another, with a certain awe guaranteed.

As for the hamlet of channels, the third tree lordship and third coat of arms of the municipality, calm and good humor of its inhabitants is matched only by their love of life.

Let us not forget the Audibergue, nicknamed "The Balcony of the Cote d'Azur", winter sports resort strewn on the northern flank of the mountain which rises to 1642 m, offering a wonderful view over the bay of Cannes. This site, with its chasms up to 450 m depth, the delight of cavers.

The town includes the village of Andon, Greater Thorenc, the hamlet of Canals and the ski resort of Audibergue, whose inhabitants are the Andoni, the thorencois or canaussiens.

The earliest history bears the Ligurian peoples inhabiting the territory 1,000 years before Christ. From the Roman invasion there are still traces due to Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus with Via Vintiana, reported by several Mile (still in place).

These are not the only remains of this glorious period: a small cemetery in the Castellaras Collet de la Serre, the ruins of a tomb near the priory Clos de Bourg, and the visible traces of homes in the saddle Caille , High Valletta ... Then came the era of lords and the Count of Provence repeating the title Boniface de Castellane to give Romee de Villeneuve, then to the Grasse-Bar, and finally to Russan Louis Théas. This last family found boasted, in the writings of Goethe, the memory of Francis Théas, Earl of Thorenc, left to conquer America with Admiral de Grasse. In the mid-13th century, the Hospitallers of St. John was established in the area where the breeding Thorenc was a big part of the country's economy. A country ravaged by the plague soon that, from 1348, decimated a section of the population, with the other lords of war out of proportion to the value of such steep land. On the eve of the Revolution of Mr. Fanton, then a lieutenant general at the headquarters of Grasse, was co-lord of Thorenc. The village was burned down in the 18th century to be rebuilt on the same site and then live peacefully.

Andon, village of the plain with his characteristic urban-linear pre-Indo-European root "and" meaning mountain.

The village is located in a valley at 1200 m altitude, it is protected by mountainous terrain, the North Valley Lane, at the foot of Mount Bleynie (1474 m), the top of Bausson (1439 m), Mount Thorenc, the Eagle Peak (1644 m) east of the Cheiron mountain (1770 m) with Thorenc and South, the upper valley of the Wolf rises to the bar rock of Hubac (1581 m), the mountain of the Audibergue (1642 m).

Skiers and hikers will go to the top of the massive Audibergue where the view on the Riviera is fantastic.

You can see also many caves including the Olivier where the caver Michel Siffre had his first experience out of time.

Geologists explain that the scale based on Jurassic Cretaceous causes a waterproof drainage supports the creation of large cavities.

South of Andon on the road that goes Audibergue the Castellas of Andon: some vestiges of the old medieval village with its 13th century castle and its walls, destroyed by fire in the 18th century.

Via Vientiane, Roman road linking Cimiez Vence to Castellane is still marked by numerous Mile (Roman terminals) parallel to the main road 79.

The oppidum of Font Freye, at 1211 m altitude, a former Roman fort located at the crossroads of two Roman roads next to a large heat sink.

North of Font Freye a Roman cemetery has been updated: the saddle Andon.

Channels, is a hamlet located 800 m west of the pass between Sinet Caussols Andon and, in a fertile plain, where there are beech forests, wild orchids and peonies. This small manor was given to Bertrand de Grasse by the Comtesse de Provence in 1421. There are still some vestiges of the primitive village that was perched at 1 km to the west. The hamlet current channels consists of houses clustered around a small medieval chapel, rebuilt and dedicated to Saint Helena. A small rustic 14th century castle remains. Camps Celtic-Ligurian (walled enclosures) of channels, mainly located on the spur of Barlet, others towards the channel signal. They were built with boulders by tribes who, at the age of iron, but also during the early Middle Ages, lived in constant insecurity. Their strategic position explains the purpose of refuge for men and cattle, and an observation post near the pasture or crops and nearby villages consist of simple huts.

To achieve Thorenc must go up the left bank of the Loup, around the rocky outcrop which rises 1400 meters above sea level and contains the remains of an important castellaras. The Castellaras includes the ruins of a chapel, a stable guard and a large water tank surrounded by imposing walls. It was ruined in 1391 after bitter struggles between the successors of the legendary Queen Jeanne. These ruins are visible from a distance, blend with the rock that serves as an infrastructure. One enters after a walk to say the least sporting a hole in the top wall. The effort is rewarded with a spectacular show. The summit defines two regions, rainwater serving, at the whim of the slopes, or the Wolf, much later, the Lane, a tributary of the Artuby, which forms south of Lake Thorenc a one hectare, meeting place for fishermen.

Thorenc is a resort famous since the 19th century for its mild microclimate, residential houses are sunny and protected from winds between the Alpine mountain Thorenc northeast on Eagle Peak (1644 m) at the is the top of Bausson (1656 m) to the west and not south of the Mule. Thorenc named "Switzerland Provençale" was in the early 20th century, large hotels, a casino, a racetrack, tennis courts, a track of ice skates ... draining a rich cosmopolitan clientele which influence the architecture of the Anglo-Russian which is found in some homes. His manner beneficial saw the establishment of a sanatorium (closed today).


  • Multiple hiking trails that take you from one valley to another.
  • Massif de l'Audibergue with chasms up to 450 m depth (experience "Out of Time" by Michel Siffre) and the various activities to Moulière (ATV, Via ferrata, teepee, pit ...).
  • Bison Reserve. Information +33 4 93 60 00 78.
  • Dog sledding:
  • Summer: cani-hiking! The cani-hiking is a different way to enjoy hiking in the mountains. Accompanied by a dog sled, connected to a comfortable waist with a line line you will be treated and the joys of driving a dog team, assisted by the power line of the animal, the route you seem easier! Very quickly, the dog walker and as a team for a ride full of complicity.
  • The winter dog sledding! Plotted on a track in the middle of snowy trees in the resort of Moulière, discover the comfort, the magical world of the backcountry. Be guided by a musher, who will share his passion for sled dogs and nature.
  • Enquiries +33 4 93 60 11 15 or +33 6 43 59 60 09.
  • Pony rides, production and sale of goat cheese, Lake Thorenc. Information +33 6 65 32 34 55 or +33 6 20 14 42 50.
Detailed information
Leisure centresSki Resort Audibergue-Gréolière


  • End of July, feast of raspberries to Thorenc.
  • Mid-August, the feast of St. Clare in Andon.


Leisure activities
NameType of activityPriceTown
Scooter rides seasSports sensationsFrom 75 € to 350 €Montauroux (19.9 km)
Rafting in the Verdon GorgesSports sensationsFrom 35 € to 70 €Castellane (23 km)
Canyoning or Rafting in the Verdon GorgesSports sensationsFrom 33 € to 68 €Castellane (25 km)
Golf course with a view of the Nice hinterlandNature and the outdoorsFrom 38 € to 65 €Biot (29 km)

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The CastellarasThe Castellaras
Thorenc from the Col de BleynieThorenc from the Col de Bleynie
Walls of CastellarasWalls of Castellaras
Thorenc LakeThorenc Lake
Lake ThorencLake Thorenc
Bell Tower AndonBell Tower Andon
View from AudibergueView from Audibergue
Ski on AudibergueSki on Audibergue
View from AudibergueView from Audibergue


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Min. -13°C - Max. 3°C
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French cuisine restaurantHôtel Restaurant Le Relais Impérial  
The heart of a Provençal village between sea and mountain, Relais Impérial opens its doors in an old building with rustic charm. Quality of service, warm hospitality and elegant and...
Located 9.8 km from Andon27 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantAuberge le Charamel  
Le Mas
Perchée à près de mille mètres d’altitude dans un petit village du haut-pays grassois, Le Mas, l’Auberge de Charamel est un véritable havre de paix. Vous serez reçus dans un cadre verdoyant...
Located 9.8 km from Andon28 € per person 
Mediterranean restaurantL'Auberge du Chantegrill   SPECIAL OFFER
Le Tignet
Mediterranean restaurant - ...
Located 16.4 km from Andon43 € per person 

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Mas with 5 bedroomsLe Mas des Chardons    
Recommended by the Routard and by Gites de France: Le Mas des Chardons is located on the Caussols plateau in the hinterland of Grasse. 5 cozy rooms with private bathrooms overlooking...
Located 9.7 km from Andon70 € the double room 
House with 2 bedroomsLes Blacas    
- In a Provencal house in stone, 600 m from the village, two bedrooms, a remarkable archaeological and botanical site. Views of the Esterel, the bay of Cannes, the Lérins Islands and...
Located 11.3 km from Andon60 € the double room 
Villa with 4 bedroomsVilla regain  
Relaxation Hospitality and cheerfulness. Ghislaine and Daniel welcome you all the year in the beautiful village of Gréolières.
Located 12.6 km from Andon65 € the double room 

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House for 4 personsGites marose cote d'azur region paca  
Accommodation for your holidays in andon two cottages cigalon cigalette for 4 persons each outside the quiet village green comfortable 90 m² mountainous area 35 km from Grasse, near...
Located in AndonFrom 290 € to 395 € per week 
Mas for 10 personsMas entre ciel et mer
For your holidays with friends, family celebrations, your relaxing an old farmhouse in Provence welcomes you in a typical Provencal countryside - 6.000m ² of terraced land with olive...
Located 10.9 km from AndonFrom 1500 € to 2400 € per week 
Apartment for 35 personsRésidence Les Cognas  
Former sheepfold and progressively transformed (8 apartments) through sound installations, in a haven of rest and relaxation, the residence 'Les Cognas' located 1h15 from Nice, has...
Located 13.3 km from AndonFrom 400 € to 800 € per week 

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70 places over 1,6 haLes gorges du loup    
Le Bar-sur-Loup
Under the sunshine of the Côte d'Azur in the Alpes-Maritimes department, in the calm with greenery all around, the campsite « Les gorges du Loup » and Bar-sur-Loup the provencal village...
Located 18.4 km from AndonFrom 25 € to 27 € per day 
50 places over 1,5 haParc des Monges    
In a leafy setting, on the edge of a first category fishing river, find the peace and quiet of this small southern village, surrounded by fields of mimosas. Mobil Home hire.
Located 21 km from AndonFrom 18 € to 27.50 € per day 
120 places over 4,3 haL'Orée d'Azur    
Côte d'Azur in nature. Ideally located between sea and mountain, Oree d'Azur welcomes you in a green and shady... Want to nature and authenticity, under the sun of Provence, discover...
Located 21 km from AndonFrom 25 € to 37 € per day 

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Hôtel Auberge Les Merisiers - Hotel in AndonHôtel Auberge Les Merisiers    
Located in Thorenc, 15 km from the small ski resorts of Gréolières and L'Audibergue, this hotel offers a garden and a restaurant with a terrace. Grasse is 30 km away and free Wi-Fi...
Located 3.8 km from AndonRoom from 41 €
Cabane des Guernazelles - Hotel in AndonCabane des Guernazelles    
Located on the mountains of Valderoube, Cabane des Guernazelles is a wooden cabin, which offers panoramic views of the valley and a terrace with garden furniture and hammocks. Donkeys,...
Located 6.8 km from AndonRoom from 47 €
La Pinatelle - Hotel in AndonLa Pinatelle     
Located in the perched village of Saint-Auban, La Pinatelle offers self-catering tents and mobile homes surrounded by woods and mountains. An outdoor, heated swimming pool, a tennis,...
Located 8.7 km from Andon

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Quality Hotel Menton Méditerranée
Just a 3-minute walk from the sea, Quality Hotel Menton Méditerranée is located in the town centre. It offers a panoramic terrace with a fitness area and...
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