Annot is a lovely town that combines medieval charm with modern Provencal style in a wonderfully relaxed fashion. It is also a great centre for mountain sports.
Annot is on the scenic train line from Nice to Dignes. On arriving at Annot train station the main town is a 10 minute walk away through a pleasant residential area; it’s easy to find, just look out for the red tiles of the old town and head in that direction.
First of all you’ll pass by the tourist office on the main town square, a wide shady area lined with tall plane trees. Beyond is a quiet intersection where the terraces of a few different cafés and bars face a large petanque pitch beside the river Vaïre. The bridge that crosses the river is the Pont de la Donne, built in 1709 and registered as an historical monument.
On turning right at the intersection you’ll enter the old town; a fascinating tangle of medieval alleyways and beautiful stone buildings. The tiny streets all loop round to meet each other, so it is easy to double back and find yourself back where you started without realising!
Annot is not just a monument to the past, there is also lots to do and it is a popular site for rock climbers thanks to the sandstone of the Grès d'Annot.