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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  • Built in 1560, the fort of Mont Alban is one of the few military still undamaged buildings, located on a strategic point, 220 meters above sea level, it offers a wonderful panorama to the West of the Bay of angels to the Esterel massif and to is on the Bay of Villefranche until the Italian Riviera. It is based on a rectangular plan, of 40 of 46 meters wide, with walls pierced of doorways, and extended by bastions of ACE of Spades-shaped angle very salient, flanked of booths in stone. I love the place for its forest views, pleasant walk ballads, by road forest you can go by car to the foot of the fort without problem, the place allows you to a picnic under pine trees, play boules or relax in the shade. A giant television antenna emits waves on the nice area.
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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. 
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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.