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Le Bar-sur-Loup, French Riviera, France

Le Bar-sur-Loup is located in the hinterland of the Côte d'Azur, between the towns of Gourdon, Grasse and Tourrettes-sur-Loup. It is built on a rocky outcrop 320 meters above sea level. The village still retains traces of Celtic, Gallic, Ligurian and Roman times. The authentic charm of this place is insured by old buildings and small squares with fountains.

Parking in Le Bar-sur-Loup

To the town leads the D2210 road, which then splits into two roads. We drive the other one (D303), which will lead us to a fairly large parking area located at the western border of the old town (P1; GPS: 43.699868, 6.986026). You can also try to park the car closer to the center, at the Place de la Tour (P2; GPS: 43.701541, 6.989325), right next to the Chateau de Grasse. Due to larger number of places we chose the first parking lot.

Strolling Le Bar-sur-Loup

Because we parked the car in the parking lot at the intersection of Route de Saint-Michel and the Allée du Dr Maffet, we go down the Allée du Dr Maffet towards the old town. After about 100 meters we can see an interesting Chapelle des Soeurs Trinitaires (A; GPS: 43.700312, 6.987593) on the right side. We keep going down the main street and after 200 meters we reach the Place de la Tour, where we find a church Eglise Saint Jacques le Majeur, built between the XII and XV century in mixed Romanesque-Gothic style. Near the church there is the Tourist Office and Chateau de Grasse, which now houses the hotel. Here we can admire the statue of Admiral François Joseph de Grasse, who was born in this castle in early eighteenth century. He was one of the heroes of the American Revolution, after which the independent state of the US was established. We can also stop nearby the castle, on the Rue du Valla street (B; GPS: 43.701138, 6.989388), to have beautiful views of surrounding area. Further tour of the village is just a typical strolling narrow streets of the old town.

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