The 12 most beautiful villages in the Alpes Maritimes
Rich in the diversity of its landscapes, the number of its activities and its cultural and historical heritage, the Alpes-Maritimes are ideal for holidays!
However, if we know the full extent of its fine sandy beaches and its postcard landscapes, many are unaware that the hinterland is full of small picturesque villages with an extraordinary past in which it is good to stroll. summer evenings.
Probably one of the prettiest villages in the Alpe-Maritimes, but also one of the most famous! The old village of Mougins, located just a few kilometers from Cannes, shines with its stone village houses, its prettily cobbled streets and its renowned gourmet restaurants.
Rich in culinary specialties marked by charm and sophistication, the village benefits from a relaxed, chic atmosphere with an undeniable sweetness of life. A village that has everything to please for a day or a romantic evening.
The old village of Valbonne is a small, perfectly restored old town which restores the medieval atmosphere of yesteryear in a perfectly maintained character. Enjoy its ocher stone facades with pastel shutters, the porches used by bougainvilleas and historic buildings.
Its old charm offers a pleasant setting for lunches on the terrace and is home to many culinary gems well known to the locals. Undeniably one of the most beautiful villages in the Alpes Maritimes. A visit not to be missed during your stay on the Côte d'Azur!
Auribeau sur Siagne
Much less known and yet full of authenticity, the village of Auribeau-sur-Siagne is a well-kept secret in the Alpes-Maritimes. Perched on a rocky peak, overlooking the Siagne gorges, the village is a picturesque place that benefits from emerging from the shadows.
Narrow streets lead to asymmetrical staircases, doors marked by time and small stone houses steeped in history. From the village, a short walk leads to the gorges and along the Siagne in the freshness of its lush vegetation.
The city of Grasse enjoys an international reputation linked to the French perfume industry. Strolling the streets of the historic center means encountering the greatest French perfumers and ancestral know-how that has made the city so rich.
At the bend of an alley, discover the heavy period doors, the mansions with unique architecture, the brands of famous perfumers and the vestiges of a tumultuous past life.
A stop at Place aux Aires will welcome your lunch break with delight in a setting marked by time and history.
This small, high-perched village is a pearl of the Grasse hinterland. Nestled at an altitude of 750m, Cabris enjoys a panoramic view of the sea and a green setting for a sweet, chic and bucolic atmosphere. Don't miss strolling through its green spaces, sipping a cocktail in the shade of the plane trees, discovering the old medieval castle, enjoying the smell of lavender and the song of the cicadas.
Albert Camus, Antoine de Saint Exupéry, André Gide… Many artists have settled in Cabris. Today it is an artists' village that inspires writers and many other talented artisans.
Its dominant position, perched at an altitude of 1335m, makes Gourdon a surprising and charming medieval town. Overlooking the Mediterranean, it offers a breathtaking view from Nice to the Bay of Cannes.
Come and get lost in its cobbled streets unchanged for centuries, discover its small craft shops or culinary specialties and end your journey in front of the spectacle of a breathtaking view. In clear weather and under certain conditions, the lucky ones will be able to see Corsica through a pleasant mirage effect.
A Provençal village in all its splendor, the village of Saint-Cézaire-sur-Siagne offers a very real glimpse of an authentic Provençal village in its own right.
There you will find all the codes and atmosphere of Provence: small local cafés, typical markets, historic buildings, medieval ramparts and a simple and warm atmosphere.
In addition to the architectural aspects, the village boasts Roman remains, caves and children's parks. At the foot of the village, the Siagne gorges are refreshing swimming places with crystal clear waters and lush decor.
Saint-Paul-de-Vence has a rich history and an extraordinary art of living. Well known for the celebrities who have found refuge there, its pétanque courts, its artistic crafts and its gastronomy, Saint Paul de Vence seduces with many assets.
Come and taste the flavor of time passing in its old streets on which the marks of time are inscribed.
Whether you are art lovers, lovers of culinary specialties or curious about cultural heritage, you will inevitably find something to satisfy your curiosity by spending a day in the village.
Glue on Wolf
Ideally located between sea and mountains, the pretty village of Colle-sur-Loup was long considered the capital of the May rose. Its horticultural past, linked to the perfume industry, brought its glory days to the village, supplying the Centifolia Rose (main component of Chanel N°5) to the Grasse perfume factories for many years.
Today, this ancient medieval village shines with its charm, its Provençal markets and its gentle way of life. From the village, numerous hikes allow you to appreciate the surrounding countryside and its neighboring river.
Located between Nice and Cannes, 14km from the sea, Tourrettes-sur-Loup is a charming village that is worth the detour! Also called cities of violets, the village has been cultivating this pretty, shy and fragrant little flower for almost a century. It is still one of the main activities of the village today.
On the main street, numerous art galleries and creative artisan shops will help you discover local know-how: paintings, sculptures, jewelry, pottery... Do not leave Tourrettes-sur-Loup without passing by the castle and its charming little place.
Perched above the sea, Eze village enjoys a bird's eye view of the Mediterranean and offers a breathtaking panorama to those who take the time to discover it.
Pampered by lush vegetation, Eze benefits from banana trees, carob trees, orange trees and lemon trees, leaving their aromatic imprints everywhere in the village.
As you wander around, you will discover in depth one of the most beautiful villages in the Alpes Maritimes. Finally, don't leave without having taken advantage of its botanical garden with its exotic feel and aromatic palette borrowed from the Mediterranean.
Well hidden in the Nice hinterland, Lucéram is an authentic and Provençal village which has a dense cultural heritage: architecture, religious art, museums, nurseries... Attached to its history, it retains many marks such as the ramparts or the alleys, but also draws its incredible charm from its natural riches.
Thus, from Lucéram, numerous hikes will invite you to explore the mountain, to enjoy its landscapes, its biodiversity, its panoramas of the sea. A visit that is worth the detour during your mountain excursions.