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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  • Weather was picture perfect. We had a hard time at first locating the steps behind church that go up, up, up. Once we did we enjoyed the hike. The view from the top of fort was breathtaking. We took a...  more »
  • Didn't explore the fort but did take the seaside walk with its stunning views over the town and bay. 
  • The highlight of the visit is to walk the waterside path around the outside of the wall between the port and the old town. 
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  • You can't go in but it's a nice walk up to the top and it's quite quiet.
  • Great view from there. A must excursion when in Nice.
  • Despite this Fort can not be visited, however the area is exceptional.The view is gorgeous and, we saw Monaco and Italy on one side and Nice, and the Alps on the other one.You can jogg, play petanque and more . It’s perfectly well preserved and worth a quick visit as there are few places comparable in Europe because of the spectacular viewing from top and bottom. Visit. *****
  • Worth the view!!
  • Really love the view up here. Just a shame that the fort isn't open to the public.