An amazing world of cyclopean blocks of grès, ancestral legends and an age-old story
35 million years ago the "Grès d'Annot" were born, a result of submarine avalanches composed of silt and sand. The formation of the Alps fractured and deformed Annot sandstones wich was then sculpted by erosion into that spectacular chaos we see today.
The Mediterranean influence creates a milder mountain climate, marl and grès which allow the existence of many springs, makes the "grès d'Annot" a site of great floristic interest. The sandy soil allowed the chestnut tree to develop. The openings in the rock offer an ideal shelter to diverse species of bat. Finally, the presence of rock shelters, these semi troglodyte dwellings used by humans for thousands of years, also participate in the wealth of this site.
Overlooking the village, an area of 150 ha is now classified Sensitive Natural Area. Facilities have been designed to preserve the ecological, geological and landscape value of the site while enhancing areas of practice for climbers and hikers and educating the public through educational tools.