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Publié le 2013/9/2 13:50:00

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Perched villages

AURIBEAU : 16 km from Théoule (about 20 minutes)
The older part of the village is perched on a hill at 130m of altitude whereas the new part of Auribeau extends along the side of the River "Siagne" at only 20m of altitude. What to see : The church dated from the XVIII Century, the fortified door "Gate SOUBRAN" and also, its flowered streets. From the table of orientation, you can admire the splendid views of the village Tanneron and the forest of Peygros, Grasse and Valbonne. Not to miss : The candle work shop (where you can see the candles being made).

BREIL SUR ROYA : 104 km from Théoule (about 1h10)
This village, only French since 1947 is now attached to the commune of "Breil sur Roya". It's perched to 615m of altitude, it dominates the valley of Roya. Lost its importance since the construction of the RN 204 and the railway.  

CABRIS : 26 km from Théoule (about 25 minutes)
The highest point of Cabris measures over 550m high and overhangs Peymeinade and Spéracède. Close to the church, Mirabeau place - where the castle demolished in 1794 was, you can discover an amazing point of view of Nice and the "Massif des Maures". What to see : The church of the XVII Century, the Chapel Saint -Jean (one of the two octogonal chapels of the A.M), the Sainte Marguerite Chapel, and the original streets of the village.

CARROS : 52 km from Théoule (about 45 minutes)
The old village is more than 5 kms from the new city. Dated from the XII Century, there is a castle that accomodates the international centre of contemporary art. Carros village is worth visiting its old streets and staircases, it's charming and peaceful. At 387m of altiitude, it offers a incredible view of the Alps and the Mediterranean.

COARAZE :  70 km from Théoule (about 55 minutes)
Medieval village called "The village of the sun", COARAZE is perched at an altitude of 640m. From the park, a beautiful sight of the valley and the surrounding mounts. 40 m.  What to see : The old streets with long arched passages, its church from the XIV Century and the various sundials which decorate the front of the town hall are to be seen before leaving.

EZE : 65 km from Théoule (about 40 minutes)
Perched on the top of a cliff, it's one of the most beautiful villages and one of the most visited. Many artists, art galleries and shops cover the streets.  What to See : The Chapel dating from the middle age, the church of XVIII Century, the exotic garden which surrounds the ruins of the castle and which is situated at 429m. From the table of orientation, admire the beautiful point of view of Saint Tropez to Italy.

GOURDON : 42 km from Théoule (about 35 minutes)
Built on the point of a rocky outcrop GOURDON "the sarrasine" dominates at 300m the hamlet of "Pont du Loup", marking the limit of the Gorges du Loup.  What to see : At Victoria Place there is a beautiful panorama of the coast, Nice to the Estérel. The castle, restored in XVII Century can be visited. The streets of the village accomodate many craftsmen (glassmaking, perfumeries, candle shops, painting on silk, soaps, honey and nougat).

LE BAR SUR LOUP : 38 km from Théoule (about 35 minutes)
The village is built on a rocky outcrop at 350m of altitude. The sight extends to Gourdon and the valley "du loup". The houses are groupes around the built church from the XIII Century and the castle (of which the foundations date from the XIII Century), it cannot be visited. The Tourist information Office is in the remainders of the old Donjon demolished after the revolution.

LUCERAM : 72 km from Théoule (about 55 minutes)
Built on a rock at 650m of altitude, the village managed to preserve its authenticity.  What to see : The church Marguerite, and its treasure; the Chapel St Jean which shelters the museum of old tools; the tower and its remparts. In the lower part of the village (not perched) almost as old as the higher part, you can visit the Chapel St  Pierre.

TOURRETTE SUR LOUP :  49 km from Théoule (about 45 minutes)
This middle age borough, fortified during the XI Century is built on a rocky outcrop overhanging of the cliffs. The town hall is installed in the old castle and offers permanent expositions. The church of XII Century underwent several restorations; it is built apart from the centre of the village. The streets have many workshops and galleries (woodwork, painters, leather, jewels, bronzes, mosaic, potteries and earthenware). What to see : The confiserie Florian

SOSPEL :  85 km from Théoule (about 1 h)
In the heart of the green valley of Bévera, in the south of the National Park of Mercantour, very close to the Italian border, Sospel is a quiet village, which triples its population in summer. As an Episcopal city during the 5th century, Sospel was a long time an important point on the royal road from Nice to Turin, also known due to mules carrying salt, where one crossed Bévera on a toll bridge. Built at the 13th century, this "old bridge" always exists: rebuilt partly after the last war, it's today occupied by the tourist Information Office.

SAINT PAUL DE VENCE : 38 km from Théoule (about 35 minutes)
Built on a rocjy outcrop, encircled ramparts built under François the 1st, Saint Paul is the village the most visited in the area. The houses have been perfectly restored with stone and shelter many art galleries. Not to miss : The Royal door, the church, the Saint-clément Chapel, ramparts and superb sights on the hills and the sea.  What to see : Outside of the village the Maeght Foudation.

Craft villages


BIOT : 26 km from Théoule (about 25 minutes)
"La verrerie d'art" It was during 1956 that was born the first glassmaking workshop: Under the impulse of Eloi MONOD, engineer ceramist made the first forms of domestic objects made of out of glass: jugs, glasses, gobelets which were initially worked by potters. Inspired by craftsmen from Venice, Majorca and Barcelona, he created with a former glassmaker and a young glass blower: the glassmaking of Biot.  

GRASSE :  28 km from Théoule (about 30 minutes)
"The village of Perfume" The perfume factory's open their doors to the public and propose free guided tours in order that the tourist can discover the secrets and history to perfume making.

1°)  Fragonard : Perfume factory Fragonard have been making perfume since 1926, Fragonard create perfumes with both the traditionnal and most recent methods. There are free guided tours where you can follow step by step the fabrication of perfumes. Tél : 04 93 36 44 65

2°) Molinard : Molinard have been making perfumes since 1849, and its internationnally known, discover the unique collection of bottles and labels. Tél : 04 93 36 01 62

3°) Galimard : Galimard perfumes were created in 1747 and still have a great success. In this factory, you will discover the makings of different creams, soaps and perfumes. You can even make your own perfume.                Tél : 04 93 09 20 00

OPIO :  26 km from Théoule (about 25 minutes)
"The olive mill is over 150 years..." "Historical Patrimony", the Mills of Brague are located in the village of Opio, not far from Grasse. Since 7 generations this country house belongs to the same family of millers that have kept the traditionnal method of olive oil making alive. With force and perseverance, they have become one of the top 3 olive mills of France. The fabrication of the oil is carried out in mid-November to the end of March. During this season of, visits take place in the mill. Opening: 9.00 am - 12.00 am // 2.00pm - 6.00pm Closed on Sunday and Public holidays. Annual closure: 2nde fortnight of october.

VALLAURIS :  24 km from Théoule (about 20 minutes)
"La céramique d'art" In the early days exported on the back of mules, the traditional ceramics known as a "terraile" or the "pignates" constitute the most current production. Vallauris specializes in cooking ustensils (round pots, low, round pan,...) simply covered with a colourless varnish.