In its present form, this amazing village, situated in the Var valley, approximately 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Nice, goes back to the 11th century. Entrevaux is built into a loop of the Var river. Access to the village is by means of a bridge and through a gate. In the 17th Century, Vauban built a citadel on top of a thin peak that towers over the village. One climbs up a walled-in walkway that features some 20 fortified doorways. From the top, one can enjoy a superb view of the Var valley and the village below.
It is easy to get to Entrevaux by car, but one can also opt for the "Train des Pignes", a narrow-gauge train that links Nice and Digne. Not having to drive is clearly an advantage if one wants to fully enjoy the beauty of the Var valley. More information about Entrevaux is available here.
The photos on this page were taken on July 22, 2001
A bridge provides access to the old village
The main gate; alas, the drawbridge no longer works.
Quiet square with water fountain
Scenes of village life like this old bakery are set up throughout Entrevaux
The only crenelated bell tower in all of Provence!
The interior of the church
One of the main village streets. Note the castle in the background!
The Citadel, 200 meters (650 feet) above the Var river
Climbing towards the Citadel. It's a lot steeper than it looks...
Admiring the fantastic view from the top
The old village is wrapped inside a loop formed by the Var river
Looking down the Var valley
A welcome refreshment after returning to the village
Looking upstream. In this photo, one gets a good idea of the peak
the castle sits on, and one can sense how steep the climb to the top is.
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