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The Alpes Maritimes has a wide variety of activities, everything from airsports to art galleries, from skiing to steam trains and lots of gorges with folded limestone layers for the geologists.

Steam Trains. A narrow-gauge railway runs from Nice to Digne through the Gorges du Var, taking in some of the best scenery on the way. For steam enthusiasts, a steam train operates on the section between Puget Theniers and Annot. Further information can be found on the Chemins de Fer de Provence website.

For a non chilled out afternoon, why not visit our local paint ball forest, 20 minutes from Les Basses Beaumettes at Loisirs Les Gaulois or hire a quad bike and really annoy every one in the nudist camp on the other side of the lake!

Micro light flights. If you aren't sporty enough to want to walk up the mountains or brave enough to jump off them with a paraglider or hang glider strapped to your back, why not fly over them in a light air craft?

Geology. There are lots of fossils to be found locally, just a ten minute walk up behind Les Basses Beaumettes is usually far enough to find something interesting. In Castellane the Musee Sirènes et Fossiles explains all about the fossil fields at Col de Leeque. It is open from the 1st of April to September. In April, July and August it will be open every day from 10h to 13h and from 15h to 18.30h. In May, June and September it will be open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. It is worth visiting in conjunction with the Col de Leque fossil fields,  which are a thirty minute walk north of Col de Leque on the N85 going towards Digne. The fossils are protected under a glass screen and there is a very helpful pictorial board to help you understand what you are looking at.

At the Reserve des Monts d'Azur 20 minutes away, you are chauffer driven round the domain in a horse drawn calèche giving a great view of bison and deer on the way.

For those who like the simple things in life, why not take a picnic, a nice bottle of chilled wine and a good book down to the St Auban duck ponds (next to the trout ponds) and imagine that you are sat under a cloudless blue sky beside a beautiful lake with ducks floating about and horses beyond. No need to dream because that is what you'll find if you venture on holiday to the peaceful little village of St Auban.