Sainte Agnes, hiking in the Riviera's countryside
Saint Agnes: a fantastic panoramic view of the bay of Menton to discover by foot
Sainte Agnes, a hiking village with an incredible view!
Built on the heights of the Menton back country, this medieval hilltop village is ranked as the highest seaside village in Europe: it indeed at 780 metres above sea level! Thanks to the outstanding view of this village over the Mediterranean Sea, but also its castle, picturesque streets and dry stone built houses, Saint Agnes is classified as one of the most beautiful villages of France, and certainly is a wonderful hike destination!
Thanks to, or because of its strategic position, Saint Agnes was long fought for by the Grimaldi family, the Saroyan kingdom, Provence Count and many more. It was attached to France in 1860 when the counties Nice and Savoy joined the French Kingdom.
During the second world war, Saint Agnes played a strategic role in the fight against the Italian and has helped prevent any invasion of France thanks to the “ouvrage”(a bunker) built between 1932 and 1938 and part of the Maginot line.
Why should you visit Saint Agnès?
- The view of the bay of Menton is incredible: it is a vantage point of the surrounding area and over the infinite blue of the Mediterranean Sea.
- The village is a great example of past fortified medieval villages of the French Riviera: the castle right at the top of the mountain is gives a perfect view of the village and of course of the environing area.
- There are many cultural sites there: based on both its medieval past and its most recent history like the “ouvrage” built there and part of the Maginot line. This “ouvrage” allowed the French to defend their territory during the second world war.
- It is the perfect to city to walk through and around.
- The hilly back country of French riviera is a hiker’s paradise: hilltops, low mountains, valleys and exceptional vantage points over the quaint endemic environment
Our walking tour in and around Saint Agnes: