Fort du Mont Alban, Villefranche-sur-Mer

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For some of the finest views of the Provencal coast and countryside, hike uphill to Fort du Mont Alban. Constructed in the 1550s, the stone fortress once formed part of an extensive network designed to protect Nice from possible attacks from the sea. Today, the well-preserved remains of the imposing citadel serve as one of the region's major tourist attractions. A great day-trip idea for visitors staying in nearby Nice, the fortress offers unobstructed views from a height of more than 200 m (650 ft) above sea level. On a clear day you can see as far away as distant Corsica. Plan your Fort du Mont Alban visit and explore what else you can see and do in Villefranche-sur-Mer using our Villefranche-sur-Mer trip itinerary planner.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Views of the Côte d'Azur. Watching the sea all along the coast from Nice and the other side view of the Harbour and the suite until Italy. We can get into the fort.
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  • August 11, 2017
    Beautiful ballad above Villefranche on sea with stunning views. Note: We can get into the Castle. For the senior: If you in summer and by summer heat take a bottle of water to climb! That said said the sea in Villefranche on sea air is pure happiness.
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  • August 10, 2017
    What a great way to start the day! With our two daughters (11 and 13) we ran from the middle corniche, up the stairs (starting app 1 km from the post office, direction Nice) , then ran the stairs + th...  more »
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  • September 5, 2017
    Lovely walk up the hill from Nice Port and then spectacular views and picnic spots to be found with more beautiful paths.
  • June 29, 2017
    Quite a walk but well worth it. Went there late after hours to watch the sunset at 9pm. Better walk down by 930pm though I can get quite dark through the googlemap path
  • June 14, 2017
    The fort itself is usually closed. However there are beautiful 360 degree views here. Enjoy panoramas that include much of Nice, all of Villefranche-sur-Mer's bay and coast line views stretching east and west from here. Forested walks are nearby. The fort is flood lit at night time. This is a lovely, romantic place to watch the moon / sun rise and set.
  • September 6, 2017
    Amazing views over Villefranche, Beaulieu and Nice.
  • April 16, 2017
    Breathtaking views of Nice from the top. My wife and I just stood at the top for hours taking in the scenery.

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