HomeAway uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
HomeAway uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit

Holidaymakers searching for holiday rentals in Sainte-Agnes also enquired about apartments in Antibes, apartments in Menton and apartments in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin

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

  • Showing 1-50 of 300+
Additional service fee may apply.
  View Map Map
    avg/night
    • 2 BR
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    Apartment #1487363a
    Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
      Wonderful! 4.8/5
      (9 reviews)
      avg/night
      • 4 BR
      • 2 BA
      • Sleeps 8
      Apartment #921902a
      9
      Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
        Wonderful! 4.9/5
        (31 reviews)
        avg/night
        • 2 BR
        • 1 BA
        • Separate Toilet
        • Sleeps 4
        House #602052a
        31
        Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
          Exceptional! 5.0/5
          (21 reviews)
          avg/night
          • 1 BR
          • 1 BA
          • Separate Toilet
          • Sleeps 6
          Apartment #668601a
          21
          Viewed 24 times in the last 48 hours
            • 3 BR
            • 1 BA
            • Sleeps 6
            Villa #1983548
              Excellent! 4.4/5
              (9 reviews)
              avg/night
              • 1 BR
              • 1 BA
              • Sleeps 2
              House #403639
              9
              Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                • 2 BR
                • 1 BA
                • Sleeps 3
                Apartment #1413520a
                1
                Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                  • 3 BR
                  • 2 BA
                  • Separate Toilet
                  • Sleeps 7
                  House #662761a
                  3
                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                    (21 reviews)
                    avg/night
                    • 1 BR
                    • 1 BA
                    • Sleeps 4
                    Apartment #412270
                    21
                    Viewed 62 times in the last 48 hours
                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
                      (11 reviews)
                      avg/night
                      • 2 BR
                      • 2 BA
                      • Sleeps 5
                      Apartment #4196715
                      11
                      Viewed 176 times in the last 48 hours
                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
                        (79 reviews)
                        avg/night
                        • 1 BR
                        • 1 BA
                        • Sleeps 5
                        Apartment #53888
                        79
                        Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
                          Excellent! 4.3/5
                          (11 reviews)
                          avg/night
                          • 1 BR
                          • 1 BA
                          • Sleeps 4
                          Apartment #3950559
                          11
                          Viewed 82 times in the last 48 hours
                            Excellent! 4.7/5
                            (38 reviews)
                            avg/night
                            • Studio
                            • 1 BA
                            • Sleeps 4
                            Apartment #875940a
                            38
                            Viewed 78 times in the last 48 hours
                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                              (17 reviews)
                              avg/night
                              • 3 BR
                              • 2 BA
                              • Sleeps 6
                              Apartment #1996285
                              17
                              Viewed 146 times in the last 48 hours
                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                (21 reviews)
                                avg/night
                                • 2 BR
                                • 1 BA
                                • Sleeps 6
                                Apartment #1416939a
                                21
                                Viewed 87 times in the last 48 hours
                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                  (6 reviews)
                                  avg/night
                                  • 2 BR
                                  • 1 BA
                                  • Sleeps 6
                                  House #834641
                                  6
                                  Viewed 54 times in the last 48 hours
                                    Excellent! 4.6/5
                                    (35 reviews)
                                    avg/night
                                    • 1 BR
                                    • 1 BA
                                    • Sleeps 4
                                    Apartment #87366
                                    35
                                    Viewed 146 times in the last 48 hours
                                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                      (55 reviews)
                                      avg/night
                                      • 2 BR
                                      • 1 BA
                                      • Separate Toilet
                                      • Sleeps 4
                                      House #486700
                                      55
                                      Viewed 106 times in the last 48 hours
                                        Excellent! 4.7/5
                                        (16 reviews)
                                        avg/night
                                        • 2 BR
                                        • 1 BA
                                        • Separate Toilet
                                        • Sleeps 6
                                        Apartment #1639615
                                        16
                                        Viewed 105 times in the last 48 hours
                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                          (10 reviews)
                                          avg/night
                                          • 1 BR
                                          • 1 BA
                                          • Sleeps 2
                                          House #1373680a
                                          10
                                          Viewed 106 times in the last 48 hours
                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                            (15 reviews)
                                            avg/night
                                            • 4 BR
                                            • 2 BA
                                            • Sleeps 9
                                            Villa #682928a
                                            15
                                            Viewed 337 times in the last 48 hours
                                              Excellent! 4.4/5
                                              (8 reviews)
                                              avg/night
                                              • Studio
                                              • 1 BA
                                              • Sleeps 2
                                              Studio #1227839a
                                              8
                                              Viewed 36 times in the last 48 hours
                                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                (13 reviews)
                                                avg/night
                                                • 5 BR
                                                • 2 BA
                                                • Sleeps 11
                                                Villa #623231a
                                                13
                                                Viewed 42 times in the last 48 hours
                                                  avg/night
                                                  • 1 BR
                                                  • 1 BA
                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                  Apartment #642998a
                                                  16
                                                  Viewed 96 times in the last 48 hours
                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                    (17 reviews)
                                                    avg/night
                                                    • 1 BR
                                                    • 1 BA
                                                    • Sleeps 2
                                                    Villa #856127
                                                    17
                                                    Viewed 49 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                      (24 reviews)
                                                      avg/night
                                                      • 1 BR
                                                      • 1 BA
                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                      Apartment #1283401a
                                                      24
                                                      Viewed 54 times in the last 48 hours
                                                        Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                        (13 reviews)
                                                        avg/night
                                                        • 2 BR
                                                        • 2 BA
                                                        • Separate Toilet
                                                        • Sleeps 5
                                                        Apartment #93071
                                                        13
                                                        Viewed 39 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Excellent! 4.4/5
                                                          (5 reviews)
                                                          avg/night
                                                          • 2 BR
                                                          • 1 BA
                                                          • Separate Toilet
                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                          Apartment #1663340
                                                          5
                                                          Viewed 99 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                            (24 reviews)
                                                            avg/night
                                                            • 2 BR
                                                            • 2 BA
                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                            Apartment #1426234
                                                            24
                                                            Viewed 63 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                              (16 reviews)
                                                              avg/night
                                                              • 1 BR
                                                              • 1 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 2
                                                              Apartment #602703a
                                                              16
                                                              Viewed 63 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                avg/night
                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                                Apartment #1188922a
                                                                4
                                                                Viewed 37 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  Very Good! 4.2/5
                                                                  (14 reviews)
                                                                  avg/night
                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                                  Apartment #3925869
                                                                  14
                                                                  Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                    Apartment #1469372a
                                                                    4
                                                                    Viewed 79 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                      (28 reviews)
                                                                      avg/night
                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                      Apartment #1365008a
                                                                      28
                                                                      Viewed 55 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        Very Good! 4.0/5
                                                                        (5 reviews)
                                                                        avg/night
                                                                        • Studio
                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 2
                                                                        Apartment #436259
                                                                        5
                                                                        Viewed 26 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                          (21 reviews)
                                                                          avg/night
                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                          • 2 BA
                                                                          • Separate Toilet
                                                                          • Sleeps 6
                                                                          Apartment #812011
                                                                          21
                                                                          Viewed 49 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                            (15 reviews)
                                                                            avg/night
                                                                            • 5 BR
                                                                            • 2 BA
                                                                            • Separate Toilet
                                                                            • Sleeps 13
                                                                            Villa #675050a
                                                                            15
                                                                            Viewed 47 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                              (43 reviews)
                                                                              avg/night
                                                                              • 1 BR
                                                                              • Sleeps 3
                                                                              Apartment #1122836a
                                                                              43
                                                                              Viewed 57 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                avg/night
                                                                                • 1 BR
                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                • Separate Toilet
                                                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                                                Apartment #6281135
                                                                                4
                                                                                Viewed 27 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                  (10 reviews)
                                                                                  avg/night
                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                                                  Apartment #1809740
                                                                                  10
                                                                                  Viewed 78 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                    Excellent! 4.4/5
                                                                                    (9 reviews)
                                                                                    avg/night
                                                                                    • Studio
                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 3
                                                                                    Apartment #60321
                                                                                    9
                                                                                    Viewed 99 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                                      (6 reviews)
                                                                                      avg/night
                                                                                      • 1 BR
                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                                      Multiple rentals Apartment #913938a
                                                                                      6
                                                                                      Viewed 94 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                        (31 reviews)
                                                                                        avg/night
                                                                                        • 1 BR
                                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 2
                                                                                        Apartment #893973a
                                                                                        31
                                                                                        Viewed 76 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                          (42 reviews)
                                                                                          avg/night
                                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                                                          Apartment #92467
                                                                                          42
                                                                                          Viewed 46 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                            Excellent! 4.4/5
                                                                                            (5 reviews)
                                                                                            avg/night
                                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 6
                                                                                            House #1418136a
                                                                                            5
                                                                                            Viewed 100 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                              (13 reviews)
                                                                                              avg/night
                                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                                              • Separate Toilet
                                                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                                                              Apartment #1690986
                                                                                              13
                                                                                              Viewed 39 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                                (8 reviews)
                                                                                                avg/night
                                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                Villa #1440217a
                                                                                                8
                                                                                                Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                                  (7 reviews)
                                                                                                  avg/night
                                                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                  Apartment #447349
                                                                                                  7
                                                                                                  Viewed 23 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                                    (25 reviews)
                                                                                                    avg/night
                                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                                    • Separate Toilet
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                    Apartment #6672761
                                                                                                    25
                                                                                                    Viewed 77 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                                      (60 reviews)
                                                                                                      avg/night
                                                                                                      • 1 BR
                                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                      Apartment #6614106
                                                                                                      60
                                                                                                      Viewed 54 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      • 1 - 50 of 300+
                                                                                                       

                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Cosy and comfortable

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Six very comfortable nights just before Christmas in Alan and Ciaran’s beautifully fitted out apartment. Could not be more centrally located, in a pedestrianised area, close to old town shops, outdoor food market and right next door to very pleasant restaurants. Comfortable bed, good bed linens and towels and pillows OK. A tip: if you need to find a hot dryer to dry your washing quickly, there is a self-service launderette 5 minutes walk away just up the Rue de la Boucherie, towards Place Centrale.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 08-Jan-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Dec 2016

                                                                                                      A fantastic property

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      I arrived with my partner for a long weekend break in Villefranche; this magnificent property was a warm and welcoming environment serving as the perfect base during our travels around the Cote D'Azure. The owners have clearly spent a significant amount of time and effort furnishing this apartment to meet a high caliber of clientele, with the various amenities in the property being full spec and easy to use. The rooms were reasonable sizes and the open plan shower was a great addition. The real selling point however, is the balcony, which overlooks the harbor. Having dinner in the evening overlooking the bay, with the smells and sounds of Villefranche pouring in was a delight. A five star stay, indeed !
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 03-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                      Chic bright apartment perfectly placed for everything

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      As soon as I walked into the apartment I loved it, it was fresh clean and had a lovely feel to it. The real bonus was the little balcony at the rear of the apartment where we had breakfast with the sun warming our faces. In the evening, when we ate sometimes, a bird was singing it's heart out all evening. This added to the ambiance as we looked out at the palm trees.It truly had a French feel about it as I marveled at the fact it was nearing the end of October and was so warm.As with other reviews the beds were extremely comfortable and there were thoughtful touches in the decor . Isabella responded promptly to all our queries by text and email. For convenience you could not wish for a better location, a city Carrefour supermarket two minutes walk away provided everything we needed. Being English post Brexit we were aware of the prices and had to shop carefully, but that's the way it was. There are lots of cafes and restaurants surrounding the apartment and you are spoiled for choice. All the bus stops are within walking distance of the apartment, but do get the bus plan from the tourist office as it is quite complex and you do need to spend a little time perusing it to understand and plan your outings. I spoke to a local woman at the bus stop and she admitted it was complicated for them! If you like art then I recommend highly the Chagall Museum. It is in a beautiful setting with a lovely cafe with reasonable prices where you can sit under olives trees outside and has friendly staff. The museum provides an amazing and well thought out display of Chagell's art. It cost 10 euros and includes an audio guide, which I found essential to understand the depth of Chagell's work. You do need ID to have access to it, either a passport or driving licence. If you are feeling energetic you can also take the 15 bus from outside the museum and continue to the Matisse Museum. Personally after seeing Chagell's work it was enough for me. I went to Matisse another day and that was completely different experience. Lastly I love the fact if you leave at the rear of the apartment you are on the Promenade within 2 minutes with the sea inviting you to deep your toes in. Also the 98 bus which takes you to Nice airport for 6 euros, is perfectly placed at the corner of the street, you will see the bus stop. We found that a real bonus. I would certainly return to this beautiful apartment. Thank you Isabella for all the thought and care you have put into it.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 28-Oct-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016