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St Andre de Valborgne

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St Andre de Valborgne (our local village)

Our local village is 1 km away along a small country road... see the photos below. There is a large natural swimming pool at the foot of a waterfall just 5 minutes' walk away with picnic tables, benches and diving rocks: truly spectacular.

The village has a grocer's, a bakery, a butcher's, two cafés, two restaurants and a tourist information office. It also has a craft shop selling items made of schist (the local stone) and a pottery studio which offers drop-in sessions and workshops (English spoken). There is a yoga class every Thursday morning.

The local area

There are around 12 marked hiking trails in and around the village. We have maps with full details, also available from the local tourist office which sometimes organises free guided walks.

Mountain bikes can be hired from another local village, as can donkeys for accompanied treks (great for children, baggage and novel company!)

There is a public tennis court in the village, and a Sunday morning market from March - November. Trout can be fished from a local natural fish farm.

The area is abundant in wildlife. Buzzards, falcons, woodpeckers and occasionally even eagles can be glimpsed - or heard - among the trees. The valley is also a favourite haunt of wild boar, badger and other woodland mammals.





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