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

Village entrance

A bridge provides access to the old village

Main village gate

The main gate; alas, the drawbridge no longer works.


Quiet square with water fountain

Village house

Village house

Old bakery scene

Scenes of village life like this old bakery are set up throughout Entrevaux

The bell tower

The only crenelated bell tower in all of Provence!

Inside the church

The interior of the church

Village street

One of the main village streets. Note the castle in the background!

The citadel

The Citadel, 200 meters (650 feet) above the Var river

Climbing up to the castle

Climbing towards the Citadel. It's a lot steeper than it looks...

Admiring the view

Admiring the fantastic view from the top

The village seen from the castle

The old village is wrapped inside a loop formed by the Var river

Looking down the Var valley

Looking down the Var valley

Welcome refreshments

A welcome refreshment after returning to the village

Looking upstream

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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