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Colmars‑les‑Alpes

One of the most beautiful fortified cities in France on the banks of the Verdon

Colmars-les-Alpes, a medieval town then fortified by the illustrious Vauban, is at the crossroads of natural and historical heritage. A commune in the Mercantour National Park and a former border town, the town is surprisingly rich in perfectly preserved military and religious buildings. In a very alpine green setting, the air is as invigorating as the many events that took place there.
Its narrow streets secretly preserve the heritage of ancient times. Listen carefully! Old stones have many stories to tell you.

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and its surroundings

Memory of the streets

Discovery of Colmars in freedom

Stroll through the narrow streets or follow the signs from one fort to the next to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the unusual corners of the old town. Cobbled streets, high houses with open attics called “souleiades”, sundials, washhouses, flowered squares adorned with fountains and roofs in larch shingles bear witness to the Alpine character of the city.

Discover the city with a guide

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Assault the Forts

Blow of heart!
One would almost expect to see knights appearing from the two Forts, built at the end of the 17th century with the imprint of Vauban and who watch over the entrances to the city, well established. on rocky promontories.

Access is on foot from the village center to discover the two sites which offer a beautiful panoramic view. And you will remember the small climb of quirky steps to climb to reach the Fort from Savoy.

These monuments are the scene of many cultural events because it must be recognized that they lend themselves well to the play of natural settings.

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Did you know ?

The atmosphere seems calm, but… be aware that for almost 300 years Colmars has had a tumultuous past.
It was a border town between Provence then the Kingdom of France and Savoy.

House-Museum and rampart walk

A unique visit that will delight everyone!

A place full of stories accessible at a lower cost!
Go through the small front door for a big visit: first the bourgeois house with its reconstructions of moments in life from the past and touching testimonies from the life of the ancients.

Extend the visit on the Chemin de Ronde, which allows access to almost all of the ramparts and bastion towers.
Finally, discover the garden of Jean Saurin, master apothecary in 1647 at Colmars and his alchemist’s shop.
In summer, you can observe the plants used and learn about their therapeutic properties at the time of Louis XIV!

Find out more about the House Museum and covered way

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Open air visit on the interpretation trail

Swap your camera for a pencil, two markers of different sizes and paper to sketch the landscapes! Breathtaking view from the balcony over the fortifications of Colmars-Les-Alpes following the original layout of the old canal of ™ irrigation.
This discovery trail is equipped with reading tables on the cultural and natural riches of the valley.

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3 good reasons to discover Colmars

Discoverthe cascade of the lance

in just 45 minutes easy return walk from the fortified village.

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Do not missthe medieval festival

experience an unforgettable epic in the heart of the Middle Ages.

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Livethe market experience

on Friday, the city turns into a magnificent Provencal market.

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Accommodation in

Colmars-les-Alpes

In an alpine atmosphere, find the refuges, the forest huts, the forest lodges of Colmars-les-Alpes for a 100% natural adventure. You can also find hotels, guest houses and holiday rentals for more comfort in the heart of the fortified town of Colmars-les-Alpes, a commune of the Mercantour National Park.

Practical information

Address

Ancienne Auberge Fleurie ,Colmars

Opening hours

In April and October
Monday to Saturday from 9am to 12pm and from 2pm to 6pm
Public holidays from 9.30am to 12.30pm
Closed on Sunday

In May, June, from 27 August and September
Monday to Saturday from 9am to 12pm and from 2pm to 6pm
Sunday from 9.30am to 12.30pm
Public holidays from 9.30am to 12.30pm

In July until 26 August
Every day from 9am to 12:30pm and from 2pm to 6:30pm

From November to March
Monday, Wednesday to Saturday from 10am to 12pm and from 2pm to 5pm
Closed on Tuesdays, Sundays (except holidays zone B) and public holidays
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