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Colmars‑les‑Alpes

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

One of the most beautiful fortified towns 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 take place there.
Its narrow streets secretly preserve the heritage of ancient times. Listen carefully! Old stones have many stories to tell you.

Technical sheet

   1 day

  Free parking

   For families: Avoid strollers, which are impractical on cobblestone streets or when visiting the citadel, prefer the baby carrier.

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.

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Medieval village
“Favorite for this village! The village is fortified, it is pleasant to stroll through the alleys.
There is also a small market on Tuesday morning with local products.”

Very beautiful village!

“Magnificent fortified village with very welcoming inhabitants. Close to Allos. Pretty walks and hikes to do from the village. Nice restaurant offering local products at very affordable prices. To recommend for a fresh and fresh getaway.”

A pleasant path to see Colmars from above
“A very pretty village to explore both for its medieval streets and its pleasant surroundings.
Do not hesitate to take the short hike of the “Canal de lâ € ™ Adroit”: starting from the side of the municipal swimming pool, a climb for about 10-15 minutes and then it’s flat for half an hour at a leisurely pace before starting the descent.
Magnificent views of the village and the surrounding mountains, forest trails, on small bridges, on easily accessible trails.”

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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Livemarket experience

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

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Further information

For people with reduced mobility, a toy is available upon reservation at the Colmars tourist information office.

All parking lots are free.
Parking may be limited on certain days during the market or occasional events.

The water in the fountains is not controlled.

Public toilets are available in the car parks.

An ATM is located next to the tourist information office.

Several picnic areas are at your disposal.

There is a large kindergarten with games.

Prepare your stay in Colmars-les-Alpes