Unusual Things To Do In Provence

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Swimming under a waterfall 

When we are in Provence, one thing we love to do is visit Cascade de Sillans (sometimes known as Sillans la Cascade like the village itself). This waterfall is so beautiful and exotic. You would believe you were in a tropical country! It also offers some welcome shade if you are in France at the peak of summer!

The waterfall is located at a picturesque village called Sillans-la-Cascade in the Alpes-Cote d’Azur/Var region and is only a 60 minute drive away from the coast.

Cascade de Sillans is an impressive 42 meter high, and it is impossible to resist the urge to swim in its emerald pool. There is also a lovely walk along the side of the water where you can paddle and stop for a picnic. The perfect way to spend a hot summer’s day.

How to get there;

From the A8 drive to Draguignan and there take the D557>D560 to Pont de Lorgues (at the roundabout before Draguignan). Follow the D560 until you arrive at Sillans-la-Cascade. There is parking available.

You start at the car park and walk around 20 minutes to get to the waterfall. It is clear which way you go and there are usually other people doing the same walk. Make sure you are wearing trainers or shoes you can easily walk in as it rough ground through grassland and a forest. It is not a challenging walk but there are steps and uneven surfaces.

There is also apparently a shorter trail starting from a bend in road 560, but there is said to be no parking within 200 meters. We have never used this route though so can’t advise on it.

Cascade de Sillans is a welcome addition to any trip to Provence and something a bit unusual to do.

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