Route de la Corniche Sublime
The Route de la Corniche Sublime begins at Comps-sur-Artuby, a former stronghold of the Knights Templar and later of the Knights Hospitaller. The village nestles at the foot of a rock crowned by the 13C Eglise St André. The views from this church over the Artuby gorge and the Provençal landscape are fully worth the climb. The road then heads for the amazing Balcons de la Mescla overlooking the Verdon. Continue on past the two Tunnels de Fayet which command a breathtaking view of the curve of the canyon, turning into the Falaise des Cavaliers. The latter towers above the precipice between 250 and 400m high and stretches out over 3km. Past the Pas de l'Imbut which commands a bird's-eye view of the Verdon, the road leads into the Cirque de Vaumale offering splendid views on the way out. In the distance lie the Luberon, the Montagne de Lure and Mont Ventoux. Once past the Col d'Illoire, the gorges come to an end. Turn back and savour a last view of the Grand Canyon before heading for the turquoise Lac de Ste-Croix into which the Verdon flows. Created in 1975, its shores are lined with delightful villages and beaches ideal for water sports. Not far away, the attractive village of Moustiers-Ste-Marie marks the end of the tour. Despite its resemblance with a Provençal crèche and its streets lined by ancient buildings, it in fact owes its fame to the manufacture of glazed milk-white ceramics.