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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  • One of our cruise ports was Villefranche and we decided to stop here before heading to Nice on the bus. As mentioned in other posts, it's an old fort with old walls and pretty cool views, but it's not...  more »
  • The structure is steeped in history and provides some great views of the harbor. Not much more then that. Need to take a bit of a climb up hill to reach it. If you have the time it is worth the visit.  more »
  • We had walked the coastal trail from Nice to Villefranche and found out from the tourist office how to find our way back to Nice via Mt Alban. There were a lot of stairs involved( and I mean a lot!) w...  more »
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  • 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
  • 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.
  • Breathtaking views of Nice from the top. My wife and I just stood at the top for hours taking in the scenery.
  • Spectacular views of the Mediterranean - A nice place to bring your picnic.
  • The view is extraordinary. Don't miss it!