Here are some helpful resources to help you learn about places to see around Annot.
We will be adding to this list as time goes by.
Information about Annot
There are two main sites where you can learn about Annot. One called Verdon Tourisme Annot and the Annot Tourist Office , with all kinds of information about Annot and local events. You can learn about the hiking trails, rock climbing, the Train des Pignes, local food, and places to stay. Both sites have information on the local hotels, bed and breakfasts, and even camping.
When choosing a place to stay make sure your choice is really in Annot
and not someplace nearby, unless you feel like driving back and forth.
There is a cool little campground in Annot called Camping La Ribière. (Website is available in English.) This place is pretty nice with all sorts of different, inexpensive, funky, options. The campground is beside the river, and is about 1 Km — an easy walk — from the center of Annot. A bonus is that the local grocery store is practically across the street.
Walking between the Campground and the center of Annot
If you happen to visit with your RV you can find a place to park HERE.
Cabins at Le Pre Martin
In the center of Annot you can find Le Pré Martin. The website has a lot of good pictures and information. (The Google Chrome browser does a nice job of translating.) The place is a cute collection of cabins.
The Hotel de L’ Avenue is a nice place, has a restaurant, and is very close to the center of the village. The have a nice website that is in French, but the Google Chrome browser does a good job of translating it in to English.
The Beauséjour is right in the center of Annot.
Bed and Breakfast
There are about six different options listed on the Annot Tourist Office site.
Other rentals are available through Airbnb. Just be aware that some of the places that they say are "in Annot" are really outside of the village.
La Cigale (The Cicada)
La Cigale is in an ideal location within easy walking distance to the center of the village and not too far from the grocery store.
If you really want to go crazy, check out Maison Verdollin.
From the website:
"It's a building full of character, with thick walls to protect from the heat. Access is through the park or the street. The ground floor consists of a large entrance hall, three living rooms (music, games and reading), an old kitchen (for cooking prep) and its office, a kitchen and dining room.
On the first floor, two double bedrooms (the bedroom and the Napoleon bedroom), a twin bedroom (the penitents bedroom), a bathroom and a toilet. On the intermediate landing, a single bedroom (the Baou de Parou room).
On the second floor, a shower room and its toilet, a double bedroom (the king's bedroom) and its adjoining twin bedroom (the princes and princesses bedroom), a double bedroom (the queen's bedroom), and a single bedroom (the asie bedroom). It can therefore easily accommodate 12 people.
A terrace located between the dining room and the living rooms overlooks one of the prettiest alleys in the village. Chairs and tables are available for lunch in the garden or on the terrace"
Le Castagneret is an apartment in a cool looking house right beside the grocery store and across the street from the campground.
Chambres d'Hôtes le Baou
Another possibility in a good location appears to be the Chambres d'Hôtes le Baou. It even looks like it has it own pétanque terrain!
Duplex in Center of Village
This Duplex is right in the center of the village. A very nice location, and only about 10 meters away from Jeff and Marion's place, the yellow building on the left in the picture.
Studio with a Garden by the River
This Studio by the River is also right near the center of the village. Just across the river from the pétanque terrain. Practically everything in Annot is within walking distance from this place.
The village of Entrevaux is an amazing place that makes a great day trip from Annot. It is easy to get there by car or the Train des Pignes. It's great to go for lunch at a restaurant where you can sit and look at the citadel.
The town of Digne-les-Bains, famous for its spas, is another place that can be reached by car or by the Train des Pignes. In fact it is the end of the line. The train is especially nice because it lets you relax and take in the truly amazing mountain landscape.
The Gorges du Verdon, or Verdon Gorge, is the Grand Canyon of France. It is renowned as one of the most beautiful canyons in Europe and is about 60 kilometers from Annot.
Of course, Nice is the nearest big city to Annot and is about 80 kilometers away. It is common to go through Nice on the way to Annot. Nice hosts the international airport Nice-Côte d'Azur. The Train des Pignes starts in Nice and passes through Entrevaux on the way to Annot. Most people will probably want to spend at least a couple of days in Nice while they are in the area to check out the Vieille Ville (Old Town) shops and walk along the Promenade des Anglais. There are some pretty nice restaurants there too!
Make Time for Nice
From our experience going to Annot, we strongly recommend you make time to stay a few days in Nice. Also, if you need to catch a plane or a train, keep in mind that Annot is a couple of hours away from Nice. It is a good idea to plan ahead and maybe spend a night in Nice at the beginning and/or a the end of your stay, based on your travel plans.
Places to Stay in Nice
Here are some places you might want to consider if you plan to spend time in Nice. These Places to Stay in Nice are all located near the Old Town which is a cool place to hang out, walk around, shop and dine.
While we are in the Annot area, we intend to keep busy with casual fields trips and hikes (for those who feel like it).
Also, there is a community center that we may rent for the tournament weekend. It has kitchen facilities and a stage and will be a nice gathering spot for potluck dinners and other events.
There is a weather information site for Annot, in French, if you are interested in the details of the Annot climate.
A Great Travel Guide
If you wish to buy a guide of Provence, we strongly recommend the DK Eye Witness travel book Provence & Côte d’Azur. You will really get more out of your trip if you do a little homework with this great little guide.