14 km from the sea, between Nice and Cannes, Tourrettes sur Loup is a charming medieval village that deserves a detour.
One of the most beautiful villages in France Since 1981, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie has been ranked among the Most Beautiful Villages in France. Church, ramparts, chapels, aqueduct, fountains, alliances of water and stone, pastel tones of tiles and tufa shape a homogeneous and living architectural ensemble. The sweetness of life that emanates from it naturally encourages us to respect and value this place, to discover it and protect it. The work of the land, perpetrated for centuries, is the link between the history and the future of the village. Authentic and alive Today, Moustiers has about 700 inhabitants. The heart of its economy revolves around tourism and the pottery tradition. The capacity of reception in the municipality is important. In addition to 750 camping pitches and a holiday village, 130 hotel rooms in the village center or on the outskirts, around twenty gîtes and guest rooms and more than 50 furnished apartments, it is easy to discover the local marvels beyond a furtive crossing. The various services will satisfy all desires and all budgets. On the retail side, artists’ and craftsmen’s stalls rub shoulders with local services. On the food side, around twenty restaurants satisfy gourmets and gourmets, lovers of refined gastronomy, brasseries or local cuisine. Moustiers is also located on the territory of the UNESCO Geopark of Haute-Provence. This UNESCO-listed nature reserve covers 60 towns in the Alpes de Haute-Provence department. Many natural and geological sites allow you to discover the last 300 million years of Earth’s history.
Cotignac, a village of character with 2146 inhabitants, nestles at the foot of a huge tuff rock 400 meters long and 80 meters high. In the Quaternary era, the river La Cassole flowed over the rock. The current village was then only the base of this huge waterfall. From the 1000s until the 19th century, this river was diverted and now passes east of the village and flows into the Argens. It is therefore the falls of this water that have formed all the crevices and the petrified waterfalls. A symbol These caves have had various uses that have evolved over the centuries. Today, the Rock is the symbol of Cotignac and its history. We say here “Aquéu will no longer see Roco, é will be malérous”: That one will no longer see La Roche, and he will be unhappy. Cotignac is a French commune located in the Var department, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. Its inhabitants are called Cotignacéens. The old village has several monuments listed on the supplementary inventory of historical monuments1 and the number of its inhabitants have increased very strongly since 19682. It also has a very active craft industry. It is a place of Catholic pilgrimage for fathers and mothers and couples expecting children3,4. The town has two religious sanctuaries.
The fortified village of St Paul de Vence is microscopic. It only takes a few minutes to cross the village from side to side but you can spend a few hours there discovering the fantastic views of the ramparts, the architecture of the houses, the squares, the amazing art galleries and the few museums. This charming village perched between the Col de Vence and the Mediterranean offers magnificent panoramas to its visitors. On the sea side, the unobstructed view extends to the Cap d’Antibes: a painting that inspired more than one painter charmed by these Provençal colors. Modigliani, Matisse, Soutine or even Utrillo were seduced by the light of this medieval city and placed these impregnable viewpoints on their easels. At the entrance to the village, in the shade of tall plane trees, the famous boules square, immortalized by the petanque games of Lino Ventura and Yves Montand, remains a must.
The impressive list of stars who have their home in Saint Paul de Vence includes: French actress Simone Signoret. Yves Montand. Lino Ventura. world famous painters like Pablo Picasso. Modigliani. Pierre Bombard, Famous literary figure Jean-Paul Sartre.
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