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Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur (Alpes Maritimes) - The Highest Coastal Village in Europe

The village of Sainte Agnès is perched on the flank of a mountain, 750m above the Mediterranean. Although only 3 km from the coast as the crow flies, by car it is reached via a mountain road with spectacular panoramic views that winds its way up the 9km from Menton at the eastern end of the French Riviera. Due to its unique position, Sainte Agnès enjoys the title of ‘Highest Coastal Village in Europe’, in 1997 becoming a member of the association ‘Les plus beaux villages de France’ which includes 142 villages all chosen for the exceptional nature of their location, their cultural, historical, architectural or natural treasures exposed to the public in an attempt to highlight their importance and thus preserve them for future generations.

The first record of the village was in 1185 as Sancta Agneta, and until 1258 was ruled by the Counts of Ventimille, when it fell under the power of the Counts of Provence. The most breathtaking views of the hills down to the Mediterranean and the surrounding coastline along to Italy are to be found upon climbing to the 9th-century chateau, and its charming ‘Jardin Médiéval’ high above the village which by all accounts was built by the Saracen Prince Haroun, upon falling madly in love with a young Provençal girl. Although fully restored in 1502, the chateau is today in ruins. Some of the ancient walls remain, however, and their arrow slits evoke a strong feeling of what the extremely well placed defensive position may have been like in medieval times. Archaeological digs carried out on the site have unearthed at least 23 skeletons along with other artefacts, pointing to the area having be inhabited as far back at the Bronze Age and possibly even the Neolithic. The wonderful 360˚ vista was again brought into prominence in 1932 when the Fort Maginot de Sainte Agnès, was constructed as part of the Maginot Line. This contained an important concentration of artillery of which much is still in working order. The fort was never put to the test as the invaders decided to just go round it, although I have been told that a gun may once have been fired at the Italians.

Although the ‘commune’ of Sainte Agnès descends right into the Menton valley, the permanent population of the village itself is only about 90 people. Many of the village houses are 15th to 18th century, and have been divided and re-divided by family inheritance over many generations, making their layout rather hard to divine from the outside. The village offers three restaurants (two of which also double as bars) all with wonderful views over the hills and down to the coast. It also boasts three gift shops, and a very well stocked village ‘épicerie’.

As well as the obvious charms offered by the close proximity of the coast, Monaco, Nice, Italy and the beautiful peaks of the Mercantour National Park are all within easy reach. The hiking route GR51, also known as the Balcony of the Cote D’Azur passes the village and can lead to you North East to the hamlet of Monti, East to the Italian border, South West to the village of Gorbio and West towards Nice. There are also a few quite hilly loop hikes from Sainte Agnes, including the glorious Mont Baudon, some using part of the GR51. Whilst walking these routes, you will no doubt notice the abundance of lavender, an integral part of one of the many village fêtes held during the summer months.

Written by Kirsty Lowe - Owner of Property 98220 in Sainte-Agnes, France

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                                                                                                      Lovey apartment, great location and host

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Almost the best thing about the apartment was not the apartment itself but rather Mike the owner. From my initial enquiry he was prompt and very easy to deal with which made the booking process stress-free. The apartment is in a great location - 2 mins from the beach, 15 mins walk to the Old town, 15 mins walk to the train station and in the heart of an area which has lots of restaurants to choose from with a supermarket across the road and bakeries nearby. When we arrived about 9pm on a Friday night the restaurants were quite noisy and I was concerned the apartment would be noisy but as it was a couple of storeys above the street, it was remarkably quiet in the apartment. The main bedroom faces onto the street but it has double-glazing. I am very fussy about noise but I would stay in this apartment again but very light sleepers might prefer the two bedrooms at the back.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 16-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                      Our third stay and each time the property appeals to us more.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      As a middle aged couple this property works for us just perfectly as a late October "get away" for a burst of warmth and sunshine. It matches the description and with high ceilings, well apportioned kitchen, TV system, extra large shower, comfortable bed (extremely quiet while we were there) and even a "pay as you need" air conditioning unit. These facilities coupled with its location which is within easy walking distance of the station and main shopping district makes it perfect for a relaxing stay. Yes the "Old Quarters" and Bay des Anglais" are a bit further away but they can be easily walked or why not try, as we do, the Veloblue which is a very convenient way of getting around. The tram system is also within a easy 5 minute stroll. For us this is way from the "hustle and bustle" of the main tourist areas but yet within easy reach of them and you feel more part of the local community with some excellent eating venues on your door step. We will definitely be making our fourth visit next year with the owners making the booking, key delivery and return process as simple and efficient as it can be.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 30-Oct-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016

                                                                                                      Amazing place to stay!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      The apartment is lovely very French chic, the owner Marie is amazing we could not have asked for such a lovely welcome and stay here. Its a good position close to the train station and the patio area for relaxing is wonderful. We would have no hesitation in staying here again. Tina and Joe Norwood.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016