If you are visiting the French Riviera and are looking for something authentic and interesting, I strong recommend a visit to the town of Peillon, France. Peillon is a picturesque fortified village about 15 miles north of Nice, France. The village is perched on top of a high narrow rocky peak, with the compact collection of stone houses, narrow streets, vaulted passages, and sometimes steep stairs. Unlike many other medieval towns in the area (such as Saint Paul de Vence), Peillon is an authentic town which is not oriented towards tourists. There are not souvenir shops or other tourist-oriented facilities. The only amenities are one restaurant inside the town and two more in the auberges just outside the town.
The area has been inhabited since the Iron Age age and the first fortified town was built on the site near the end of the 10th Century. Most of the current buildings date from the 19th Century, but a few date from the 17th Century.
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