Culminating at almost 800m in altitude, and set just 3km from the coast as the crow flies, Sainte Agnès is listed as Europe’s “highest coastline village”.
“Highest” next to “coastline” is a bit of an oxymoron, but you get the picture: standing beside Sainte Agnès’ WWII fortifications, the view of the Bay of Menton is awe-inspiring.
You can climb even higher to the castle ruins above the village (10 minutes), where a medieval garden site below the ruins. The view of the village from above is worth the climb. Also listed as “one of the most beautiful villages in France”, Sainte Agnès gets quite a few visitors during the day, but most if not all are gone by nightfall, and you can enjoy the quiet and medieval streets sans tourists, along the granite-laden streets.