Breaching the sea and the mountains, it feels as time has come to a standstill in those coastal villages. These villages conceal some real treasures: medieval architecture, shaded squares, steep alleys and ocher walls to name a few!
Located in the foothills of the Alps, the village of Castellar is peaceful and enriched by picturesque alleys and medieval architecture. A former stronghold of the Lascar’s family of Ventimiglia, Castellar has a wonderful history. You will find various vaulted passageways, many facades in shades of yellow and orange, a Baroque-style palace, fountains, and various religious and agricultural buildings. Castellar is also known for its hiking trails that provide a stunning view of the sea, the valley, and the surrounding mountains, as well as of Menton and the coast.
Attractions: the oil mill, the Lascar’s Palace, the White Penitents Chapel, and the Chapel of Black Penitents.
Hiking trails: famous GR51 and 52 roads, Le Plan de Lion, Castellar-Menton, Mont Grammondo (Grand Mont).
Charming and welcoming, to visit Gorbio is to journey through time. Situated near Menton and the Riviera coast, Gorbio is a medieval village which has a very rich and diverse historical heritage. Cobblestone streets, buildings steeped in history, old houses and passageways covered with medieval spirit all testify to its authenticity.
Attractions: the ruins of Lascar’s Tower, the Cultural Center – RAZA Donation, the Elm tree which dates 1713 (and is listed among the 100 most remarkable trees in France), the Saint-Barthelemy Church, the old communal bread oven, the Castle of Counts Alziari de Malaussene.
Hiking trails: Saint-Agnes village from Col du Bausson, Saint-Agnes by the GR 51, Gorbio-Col de la Madone-Cime du Baudon.