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Belvédère

 
The departement of the Alpes Maritimes - Pop.: 500 h.

59 km from Nice. Take the Vésubie valley then turn right on the D71 for 5 km.
Belvedere, the village
The medieval village of Belvedere overlooks the Vésubie valley from an altitude of 800 metres, and you will often see birds of prey soaring in the sky above.

Belvédère is well known to mountaineers, because you have to go through it to get to the famous Gordolasque valley.
Belvedere, bell tower

This perched village benefits from a magnificent south-facing aspect. It seems to nestle into the mountainside, where a number of old hay barns are perched too, built from grey and pink stone.

You will need all your stamina to climb the stairs leading to the heart of the village, but you will be rewarded by its charming streets lined with old stone houses, some of which seem to be leaning!

Most of these tall houses are in the Piedmontese alpine style and are sometimes connected by a "cantoun", which is a roofed passageway.

The village square has a welcoming feel to it with its two cafés, its old archways and its 17th century St Pierre and St Paul church, with its square bell tower. At this height the panoramic view and the bracing air are intoxicating. You will no doubt come across a few locals carrying their rucksacks.

Belvedere, landscape
The Gordolasque valley is a very popular point of access to the vallée des Merveilles and the Mercantour National Park, is at the foot of the highest peaks in the department, such as the Gélas (3143 m) or Mont Clapier (3045 m).

Some scenes from the film "Belle et Sébastien" were shot here. So, are you in shape for a little hike up one of the highest peaks in the Gordolasque ?


What to see:

Ruins of a 13th century chateau belonging to a count.
Fortified gate
St Pierre and St Paul church.
Le Planet, St Blaise and St Grat Chapels.



Leisure activities:

Starting point for hikes.
Horse riding.
Milk Museum.
Fishing. Mountaineering (2 Club Alpin refuges).



Accommodation:

In the village : 2 restaurants. Gites.
At Gordolasque : 2 restaurants.
1 Chalet/Inn. 1 Holiday center, Furnished lettings.



Neighbouring towns and villages:

Roquebillière (3km), La Bollène Vésubie (8km), Saint Martin Vésubie (11km).






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