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Discover Berre-les-Alpes: A Hidden Gem in the French Riviera for Breathtaking Panoramas and Historic Charm


Straddling two mountains, the town of Berre-​les-​Alpes appears among the mimosas. Here, it is impossible to tire of the superb panoramas offered by the surrounding natural settings.

After about thirty minutes by car from Nice, the town appears around a bend, like a citadel straight from the Middle Ages. From the outside, Berre-​les Alpes has a compact and sculptural appearance, a bit like an advanced sentinel, monitoring its ravines. This village, dominated by its church, is a superb locality perched at an altitude of 700 meters, on a belvedere.

Overlooking the Paillon basin, the town is nestled between the Férion and Agel mountains. From this site, your gaze embraces the hills, but also the sea, the Authion massif, the distant Merveilles valley, and on the horizon, Argentera. A 360-degree panorama that can be enjoyed during a walk on the paths surrounded by mimosas, among olive trees, chestnut trees and pine trees.


A particular architecture

Once you have toured the town, enter its heart to better immerse yourself in the place. You will observe buildings clustered on top of each other in the form of a semi-​circle positioned opposite the Saint-​Laurent church, built in the 14th century but extensively remodeled twice in the 19th century, in 1804 and in 1864. Its pale yellow neo-​Renaissance facade was perfectly renovated.

If you pass by this monument, do not hesitate to take a few moments to admire the treasures it conceals, such as the alabaster statue of the Virgin and Child from the 15th century, or even Saint Sebastian in wood dated 1620. Other religious buildings include the old galleries of the presbytery, now available to artists, as well as the chapels.

The castle in ruins but vestiges of the past

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It should be remembered that in the past, the municipality belonged to the lordship of the Berre family for five centuries. Of this noble medieval history, there remain today a few vestiges. The castle for example, demolished during the Revolution, only reveals ruins and sections of walls.

However, the feudal imprint can be measured by other aspects, including the numerous vaulted passages, the refreshing fountains, the communal oven, the windmill, all of which are bordered by tall Alpine houses in pink or yellow stone. Don’t forget to look up to look at the old wrought iron signs.

Breathtaking landscapes

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A town that is both calm and far from all the stress of large cities that will seduce you, with breathtaking landscapes when you take the nearby paths such as the Pont des Conquêtes or the Routes trail. On the subject of environmental heritage, don’t miss the ruiniform sandstone rocks and the natural sculpture of the Virgin and Child, an expedition synonymous with breathing and a breath of fresh air.

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2024-02-29 05:08:20
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