Wonderful Perched Villages of Cote d’Azur
The hilltop villages in the French Riviera, in the Mediterranean coastline of the southeast corner of France are perched just like hats on top of verdant hills and are simply charming.
The story of these villages begins in the 12th and 13th centuries when the peasants decided to move to the hilltops because they wanted protection from pirates and marauding armies. After a postwar period, the residents renovated the perched villages in order to use them as second residences. Artists and artisans set up boutiques and galleries here to show their wares. Today, most of the villages have a prosperous commercial life.
Over 120 perched villages are scattered over the territory of Côte d’Azur, each having its own charm (Peillon, a picturesque fortified village 20 km north of Nice; Saorge, pretty location on the steep wooded side of a mountain; Eze located between Nice and Monaco at an altitude of 427m; Gourdon perched at the end of a ridge overlooking the vallée du Loup; Sainte Agnes, a little touristy village perched on the flank of a mountain, Tourrettes sur Loup, a medieval village, 14 km from the coat, between Nice and Cannes).