Saint Martin du Var
26 km north of Nice by the RN202.
Saint Martin du Var is a recent municipality located at a convergence of valleys, less than an hour from ski resorts, and roughly 30 minutes drom the Riviera.
It extends along the left bank of the Var river.
The village was built on land reclaimed from the Var thanks to the confinement of the left bank carried out in the middle of the 19th century.
At first it was a hamlet belonging to La Roquette-sur-Var and shared its history (former stronghold of the Lascaris), before becoming a fully-fledged municipality in 1867.
Today the village's residents benefit from peace and quiet - most of them are families working in Nice - without the stress and noise of the big city; a few house fronts repainted with bright colours - blue and red - or in pastel hues, rubbing shoulders with small modern buildings, one or two older streets, balconies and little gardens, a lovely shady square.
Due to its proximity to the Carros-Le Broc, 10 minutes away, St Martin has grown considerably: shopping centre, housing estate, dual carriageway, schools, etc...
Today Saint Martin du Var is undergoing considerable economic development. It does not have a great deal of interest for tourists, apart from a few walks along the rivers Var and Esteron, and its strange 18th century church, the front of which looks like a house.
However, Saint Martin du Var does have a hidden treasure; its obscure valleys, or to be more precise the upper part of Vallon de St Blaise, a site which is protected because of its biotope, and was integrated in 2004 into the European Natura 2000 network .
Finally, the village is also proud of its native son, Edouard Baudoin born into an old St. Martin family. He was a local celebrity famous for creating Juan-Les-Pins, in the early 20s, and for launching the summer season on the Riviera.
For example we are also indebted to him for the "Palais de la Méditerranée".
What to see
Parish Church, XVIIIth C.
Chapel Notre Dame Del Bosc, Roman style.
Many sporting and cultural associations.
Walks. Fishing. Pony club.