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A touch of luxury, pompous yachts and expensive sports cars wherever you look, that's what comes to mind and what most people expect when they hear Saint-Tropez. Saint-Tropez is not only the "cradle of the international jet-set", but also a charming little town with small, narrow streets, picturesque courtyards and olive trees, whose charm hardly anyone can resist once they get involved with the small harbour town.
Distance from Althoff Villa Belrose: ca. 4 km
Home to the Althoff Villa Belrose. Gassin is a Provencal village situated on a small ridge near the town of Saint-Tropez in the Massif des Maures on the edge of the Côte d'Azur. Gassin is exactly the right place for those who want to relax from the hustle and bustle in Saint-Tropez or from the beach in Pampelonne. From here, you can admire the wonderful landscape with vineyards and cork oaks of the Massif des Maures or settle in one of the cafés and restaurants - this place radiates a special tranquillity and has been awarded the "Les-plus-beaux-villages-de-France" award for good reason.
Distance from Althoff Villa Belrose: about 5 kms
Grimaud is a typical Provencal mountain village. Nevertheless, the village differs from other towns in the Provence. Medieval alleys meander through the whole of Grimaud. A Château ruin is a reminder of days long gone. There is enough space in the alleys to decorate these with pots full of Mediterranean plants. In addition, the castle ruins are surrounded by countless olive trees and cacti. The incomparable charm of the place is not only accentuated by the lavender-grown, ancient mills, many globetrotters also appreciate the fact that the holiday resort is not overcrowded even in summer.
Distance from Althoff Villa Belrose: about 10 kms
The Verdon Gorge is one of the most spectacular landscapes in the Provence. In the limestone plateaus of the Haute Provence, the river Verdon has dug a gorge about 50 km long, which in some places reaches a depth of about 700 meters. The canyon leads from the mountain town of Castellane to the west towards the famous mountain village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, with a church embedded in the rock, and ends at Lac de Sainte-Croix. There are two roads along the Verdon, of which the route along the D 952 from Moustiers-Sainte-Marie towards Castellane is much more varied.
Distance from Althoff Villa Belrose: about 90 kms
The Valensole plateau is characterised by endless, huge lavender fields and scattered courtyards. To the east of the river Durance, this stretch of land rises and offers the visitor peace and nature. A visit to the plateau is particularly worthwhile from the beginning of July to the beginning of August. Then the lavender blossoms and the fields shine in a deep violet blue. Lavender is also what makes this plateau so attractive. Not only for the visitors, but also for the surrounding industries. There are several lavender distilleries that process lavender into aromatic oil.
Distance from Althoff Villa Belrose: about 115 kms
On a trip across the Saint-Tropez peninsula you will see vineyards practically everywhere - the most important wine country of the Côtes de Provence. Gassin offers you the perfect opportunity to learn more about the vintages of this region. The most famous wine producer on the peninsula is Chateau Minuty, one of 23 wineries in the Côtes de Provence to carry the prestigious "cru classe" classification. Chateau Minuty is situated in a magnificent valley in the mountains above the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, the pretty late 19th century chateau is framed by tall plane trees, palm trees and rose bushes.
Distance from Althoff Villa Belrose: about 4 kms
High up on an impressive cliff, visible from afar, lies the village of Èze, which could hardly be more picturesque. It is said that those who visit the medieval part of Èze think they have landed in a fairy tale or at least in a film set. The picturesque backdrop of Èze has always fascinated artists and writers. For example, Walt Disney lived in Èze for a long time and Friedrich Nietzsche completed the third part of his work "So sprach Zarathustra..." there at the end of the 19th century. A five kilometre long, rather steep but well signposted path was also named after him.
Distance from Althoff Villa Belrose: about 130 kms