Saint-Paul de Vence in nature:
a ramble round the ramparts
with Aurélie

Heritage often rhymes with buildings and architecture… But below the village's fortifications, the rich natural heritage of the typical Mediterranean landscape has been preserved.

Nature does not rush, yet everything gets done...
Lao Tzu

Follow me around the ramparts!

At the foot of the fortifications lies the village’s rich, weel-preserved, Mediterranean natural heritage.
You can explore it on a past that starts between the ramparts and the restaurant "La Petite Chapelle".

First stop: place de la Courtine with an outstanding view over 2 hectares of terraced vineyards originally designed to strengthen the land at the foot of the fortifications.

The path continues towards fragrant citrus trees including "bigaradiers", bitter orange trees,  a cross between grapefruit and mandarin. The essence of their flowers - neroli - is used in perfumery.

Further on stand century-old olive trees and some few fig trees. Figs grow sweet throughout the summer before being harvested in September.

From courtine Saint Mître, look down at the 80 recently planted truffle oaks. Truffles were traditionally cultivated in the neighbouring hills. To this day, a large market is organised before Christmas to celebrate the harvest.

Follow the pines along courtine Sainte-Claire to courtine Sainte-Trinité. From here you can admire the baous (rocky cliffs) and the mountains of the Mercantour National Park.

Summer is cicada season. After ten years underground, they come out to sing their soothing love song.

Take courtine Saint-Sébastien to get back to the village entrance.

 

By the way: in military architecture, a “courtine” - a curtain wall - designates a rampart between two bastions.

Expert's advice

AURELIE DE GIORGIOPresse Manager

The Tourist Information Office offers 3 additional rambling itineraries around the village. Find out more on www.saint-pauldevence.com and the IGNRANDO website.

Pick up Randoxygène, the Alpes-Maritimes' hiking guide and download the Territoire 06 App. www.randoxygene.departement06.fr

Additional rambling itineraries around the village

Portrait of a young beekeeper

Antoine loves both Saint-Paul de Vence and nature; he settled in the village a few years ago with several thousand bees, making honey that evokes our local flora. Product Quality rule No.1: no chemical treatment.

This local nectar is not yet available. But when it is, you'll be the first to know.

 

A protected site: the land at the foot of the ramparts constitutes a protected historical site; it cannot be built on.

Into nature...

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