Pop. : 70 h
Formerly this town had an important position as it was located on the
crossroads of the mule trails linking
It was prosperous thanks to the salt trade, but today Utelle is no more than a very small medium altitude mountain village (70 inhabitants in winter, 300 in summer).
It is no easy task to get to Utelle, perched on a ridge, at the top of a steep slope where the olive trees cling to the mountainside.
But you will be well rewarded by the panoramic view of the peaks of Haute Vésubie that can be enjoyed from the Tilleuls car park, at the entrance to the village.
After stepping through an archway, which is the remains of a medieval
surrounding wall, you will be enchanted by the atmosphere of the square
with its coloured facades, its impressive 19th century fountain decorated
with lion heads, the trompe-loeil pink and yellow murals, and in
particular the church of Saint Véran.
Close by is a White Penitents chapel listed as a historic
monument. It is discretely baroque in style and its facade has been repainted
in pale yellow. It can be visited on request.
Perhaps you will manage to decipher the mysterious patterns that decorate the lintels on several of the old doors: historians are still wondering about their meaning
Historic places to visit :
St Véran Church (XV° et XVI°).
White Penitents chapel.
17th century sundials.
Leisure Activities :
Hiking (long-distance hiking path N°5 passes through here),
horse-riding, mountain biking, etc.
1 Gîtes. 1 Inn. 1 restaurants.
Neighbouring villages :