Peillon, France

May 11, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Peillon LandscapePeillon LandscapeA view across the Paillon Valley of 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.

The area has been inhabited since the Iron Age age and the first fortifed 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.

Peillon sits on top of a narrow peak about three miles from the Peillon-Saint Thecle SNCF train station (which houses a small railroad museum open during the summer months). The uphill walk to the town take a little over an hour following the road to town or a hiking path through the countryside. Unlike many other medieval towns in the area, 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.

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.

Peillon sits on top of a narrow peak about three miles from the Peillon-Saint Thecle SNCF train station (which houses a small railroad museum open during the summer months).  The uphill walk to the town take a little over an hour following the road to town or a hiking path through the countryside. 

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Peillon LandscapePeillon LandscapeA view across the Paillon Valley of 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.

The area has been inhabited since the Iron Age age and the first fortifed 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.

Peillon sits on top of a narrow peak about three miles from the Peillon-Saint Thecle SNCF train station (which houses a small railroad museum open during the summer months). The uphill walk to the town take a little over an hour following the road to town or a hiking path through the countryside. Unlike many other medieval towns in the area, 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.
A view of the town from the Sainte Thecle train station.

 

Peillon LandscapePeillon LandscapeA view across the Paillon Valley of 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.

The area has been inhabited since the Iron Age age and the first fortifed 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.

Peillon sits on top of a narrow peak about three miles from the Peillon-Saint Thecle SNCF train station (which houses a small railroad museum open during the summer months). The uphill walk to the town take a little over an hour following the road to town or a hiking path through the countryside. Unlike many other medieval towns in the area, 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.
A view from the road between Sainte Thecle and Peillon.

 

Peillon StreetPeillon StreetThe Saint Sauveur del la Transfiguration church in the medieval town of Peillon, France. The church was constructed in the 16th Century on the site of an ancient dungeon and Roman-era chapel.

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.

The area has been inhabited since the Iron Age age and the first fortifed 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.

Peillon sits on top of a narrow peak about three miles from the Peillon-Saint Thecle SNCF train station (which houses a small railroad museum open during the summer months). The uphill walk to the town take a little over an hour following the road to town or a hiking path through the countryside. Unlike many other medieval towns in the area, 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 Saint Sauveur de la Transfiguration church sits on the highest point in town and was constructed in the 16th Century on the site of an ancient dungeon and Roman-era chapel.

Peillon StreetPeillon StreetOne of the many narrow, winding streets in the medieval 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.

The area has been inhabited since the Iron Age age and the first fortifed 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.

Peillon sits on top of a narrow peak about three miles from the Peillon-Saint Thecle SNCF train station (which houses a small railroad museum open during the summer months). The uphill walk to the town take a little over an hour following the road to town or a hiking path through the countryside. Unlike many other medieval towns in the area, 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.
One of the narrow streets of Peillon

 

Peillon StreetPeillon StreetOne of the many narrow, winding streets in the medieval 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.

The area has been inhabited since the Iron Age age and the first fortifed 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.

Peillon sits on top of a narrow peak about three miles from the Peillon-Saint Thecle SNCF train station (which houses a small railroad museum open during the summer months). The uphill walk to the town take a little over an hour following the road to town or a hiking path through the countryside. Unlike many other medieval towns in the area, 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.
One of the narrow streets of Peillon

 

Peillon StreetPeillon StreetOne of the many narrow, winding streets in the medieval 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.

The area has been inhabited since the Iron Age age and the first fortifed 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.

Peillon sits on top of a narrow peak about three miles from the Peillon-Saint Thecle SNCF train station (which houses a small railroad museum open during the summer months). The uphill walk to the town take a little over an hour following the road to town or a hiking path through the countryside. Unlike many other medieval towns in the area, 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.
One of the narrow streets of Peillon

 

Peillon StreetPeillon StreetOne of the many narrow, winding streets in the medieval 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.

The area has been inhabited since the Iron Age age and the first fortifed 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.

Peillon sits on top of a narrow peak about three miles from the Peillon-Saint Thecle SNCF train station (which houses a small railroad museum open during the summer months). The uphill walk to the town take a little over an hour following the road to town or a hiking path through the countryside. Unlike many other medieval towns in the area, 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.
View of the sky and some of the buildings in Peillon


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