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Discover Entrevaux Citadel a Day Trip from Nice

Entrevaux Citadel

If you’re looking for a day out near Nice and the Côte d’Azur, it’s hard to beat a trip to Entrevaux citadel and fortified medieval village in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence.  Located some 75 kilometres from the French Riviera on a bend in the Var river surrounded by cliffs, the first view of the village is breathtaking, but it only gets better. The citadel, which is perched 150 metres above the village high on a rocky outcrop, can be seen for miles. As you get closer you notice the path climbing the hillside, zigzagging up 9 switchbacks to the top. Continue reading here for the contributor blog post by Phoebe at Lou Messuogo for visitor tips.

It’s easy to get to Entrevaux. Take a scenic drive along the Var river that takes 80-90 mins from our self-catered apartment at Lou Messugo and about 75 mins from Nice. Or you can take the train, called le Train des Pignes, runs on a unique narrow gauge track from Nice to Digne-les-Bains and is a fun outing in its own right.

The village of Entrevaux spills down the hillside from the ancient citadel. Located on a rocky spur the placement of the citadel was strategic, to spot enemies approaching. The building is open to the public daily. Purchase your entry tickets at the Tourist Office.

Other Day Trips from Nice

Bellet is one of the smallest appellations and the first to receive the AOP status in Provence, on November 11, 1941. The vineyards of Bellet are actually within the urban city limits of Nice, France. It is the only AOP in France where that is the case.  There are two indigenous grape varieties, which are found in the rosé and red wines. The Braquet varietal is the main ingredient in a Bellet (AOP) Rosé and often the only variety used. The other indigenous variety, Folle Noir is used in red wines blends along with Braquet.

Hike around Cap Ferrat or Villefranche-sur-Mer. Check out the cultural sites and work of famous artists at the Musée Matisse and Musée Chagall. Discover 10 day-tripping ideas here.

Go for a stroll in Antibes. The old town is surrounded on two sides by restored rampart walls. Outside the one-time defensive walls is Port Vauban – Europe’s largest marina. This port is where vessels of every size and shape moor, from superyachts to fishing boats.

The Alpes-Maritimes department in south-east France, including the world-famous Côte d’Azur, is home to several hundred medieval hill villages, fortified towns and ruined iron age camps and many are close to Nice.

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Phoebe Thomas

Phoebe Thomas

Phoebe Thomas carries two passports British and Australian. She married a Frenchman and now the couple are living in Provence with their two children. This bilingual and multi-cultural family has travelled extensively to Asia, Eastern Europe and Australia before settling in Roquefort les Pins in 2007.

Read more about Lou Messugo the Cote d'Azur holiday home rental owned and managed by Phoebe and her husband here.

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