The river Loup(pronounced LOO) is in the Alpes Maritimes, France. It is 49 km (30 miles) in length. Its source is a grassy hollow in the Vallon de l'Audibergue. It is fed by streams running down the north face of the Montagne de l'Audibergue. It flows through some of the most beautiful scenery in Provence and passes through the Gorges du Loup, then flows into the Mediterranean Sea at Bouches-du-Loup. The word loup is often conceived as meaning wolf, but in the south of France it also means a bass. This is a more likely derivation. Nevertheless, this fish was named after the wolf because of its voracity.
From its source in the Vallon de l'Audibergue the Loup flows through four kinds of scenery.
1, The Upper Loup Valley runs eastwards from it's source near Andon with mountains on either side. L'Audibergue (1642m), Cheiron (1778m).
2, At Cipières the river turns south and flows through a narrow canyon called the Gorges du Loup.
An alternative route from exits 47 or 48 is to head for Vence, then take the D2210 to Tourrettes-sur-Loup. After visiting Tourrettes you can continue towards Pont-du-Loup. To enter the Gorges du Loup, turn right just before the village of Pont-du-Loup.