Andon is on a high plain at 1182 meters’ altitude, sheltered by mountainous terrain to the north and south. It stretches out from a large town square, site of the oldest houses, and boasts remnants from many key periods of history: Roman vestiges, the Barlet oppidum, the ruins of the nearby Le Castellas feudal castle, a parish church restored in 1820 and home to 13th-century baptismal fonts and a 17th-century Spanish Christ.
The town is on limestone-rich lands conducive to formation of chasms and sinkholes, favorites with speleologists and spelunkers of all skill levels. From the top of Audibergue mountain, summer hikers and winter skiers can drink in a breathtaking view of the coast to the south and the mountains to the north. In good weather, the sea is visible for miles and you can even see a stunning reflection in the blue sky: Corsica!
At 1250 meters’ altitude, deep in the La Lane River valley and at the foot of the picturesque Col de Bleyne, lies Thorenc, a climatic health resort popular since the 19th century, with its private homes scattered within a wooded, alpine landscape. With generous exposure to the sun and protected from high mountain winds, the resort enjoys a very mild microclimate. But Thorenc’s history does not date merely from the last century: It is set on an ancient Roman road and has always been an important strategic site. The imposing, 13th-century Château des Quatre Tours (Castle of the Four Towers), which has been restored countless times, faces the keep and the fortified village of Le Castellaras, now in ruins and well worth the uphill climb for a history-rich visit. The lake offers a lovely green environment for relaxing in nature’s beauty or, in winter, enjoying some cross-country skiing.
Canaux is a small seigneury given to Bertrand de Grasse by the Countess of Provence in 1421. The primitive village was perched about a kilometer west of its present position, and vestiges of that site are still visible.
The village is in Grasse’s ninth district and belongs to the canton of Saint-Auban. The surface area spans 5,430 hectares, 3,600 of which are covered in forest. The soil has Jurassic and Cretaceous origin, with many sinkholes and chasms, an underground bonanza for speleologists and caving fans. Its highest point is the Cime de Bausson, rising to 1,656 meters; the lowest point, in the inhabited area, is at 1,182 meters.
Neighboring municipalities include Saint-Vallier-de-Thiey, Escragnolles, Gréolières, Caille, Valderoure, Caussols, Saint-Auban, and Le Mas.