Coastal Villages

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Perched villages abound along the coastline of the French Riviera. Nestled above green hills, these villages offer breathtaking views of the Mediterranean coast in an exceptional setting.

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!


Castellar

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).

Gorbio

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.

La Turbie


Perched at over 500 meters above the Mediterranean, La Turbie is a medieval village overlooking Monaco. The Romans chose this strategic location to raise the monumental Trophy of Alps, in honor of Emperor Augustus.

Because of its location, this village offers one of the best panoramic views of the French Riviera.

Attractions: Trophy of Augustus, magical views of the coastline, the Roman Quarry, the Saint-Michel Church, the Monumental Fountain, and the old wash-house mill.

Roquebrune-Cap-Martin


Situated between Menton and Monaco, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin is made up of several different communal neighborhoods grouped together. With an outstanding view of Monaco, this medieval village rises above Cap-Martin and the coast. Luxury villas are dotted in nature and with its beautiful walking trails, the village is an ideal place to take long strolls by the seaside.

Attractions: the millennial olive tree, the Eileen Gray’s villa E-1027, Le Cabanon de Le Corbusier, the medieval castle, Saint Margaret Church, the Chapels of Saint-Roch and La Pausa, the Tomb of Lumone.

Hiking trails: the seaside path around the Roquebrune Bay, the road to Menton, Mont Gros.

Saint-Agnès

Saint-Agnès is a charming and picturesque seaside village with plenty of medieval streets to explore. It was listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France.

Peaking at about 800 meters above sea level, Saint-Agnès is one of the highest villages in Europe, offering an outstanding panoramic view of Menton Bay.

Attractions: the remains of a Middle Age castle on a rocky peak, the Castle Garden, the Notre-Dame of Neiges and Saint Sebastien Chapels, the Fort of Saint-Agnès built on the Maginot Line, Cultural Center and its exhibitions.

Hiking trails: the road to Saint-Agnès; hiking trails starting from Borrigo, one of two valleys in Menton.


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