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The departement of the Alpes Maritimes - Pop.: 900 h.

Autoroute A8 (freeway) exit Menton (7km). 30 km from Nice.
Castellar, landscape

Castellar is a perched village benefitting from a superb location overlooking Menton and Garavan bay. It is reached via a very narrow road (drive carefully), but you won't regret the effort made.

It's a real pleasure to stroll along the straight alleyways of this medieval village; relaxing and yet exciting at the same time. Its many freshly painted yellow and orange house fronts create a lively Italian atmosphere.

Castellar, house

You'll certainly appreciate the vaulted passageways, succulents in flower pots and laundry drying at the windows, as well as a 19th century wash-house and fountains.

Castellar chuch facade

History lovers will adore the ruins of the town walls and the gate "fortified in 1548, after the siege of Nice by François I and his Turkish and Barbary Coast allies", as well as the superb baroque style Lascaris palace, formerly the residence of the Counts of Lascaris, dating back to the early 17th century. Don't forget the beautiful church of St Pierre, magnificently restored with pinkish colouring.

Far from the madding crowd, perched in pure air, boasting a fascinating heritage and a stone's throw from the beaches, Castellar has something for everybody !

What to see:

Lascaris Palace (listed, 17th century)
Chapel of the Black Penitents.
14th century St Sébastien chapel.
St Pierre church (listed, 16th century).

Leisure activities:

Pétanque pitch.
Hiking (the GR5 hiking path passes through the village).



Neighbouring towns and villages:

Gorbio (15 km).

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