20 kilometers inland from Nice is this dizzying medieval town with winding streets, stone houses and enviable panoramic views. Peillon It rises 376 meters above the sea, where time seems not to have passed in this hidden villa in the south of France, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region.

It is located in the wooded valley of the same name and is considered a “Eagle Nest” due to its position perched on a spur. It is a clear manifesto of defensive medieval town for its compact urban planning and the presence of hydraulic oil and flour mills.


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The medieval architecture of Peillon

The narrow streets, spiral staircases and labyrinthine layout make Peillon a trip to the past. Peillon has several religious buildings such as the Church of Saint Sauveur, surely the building that we will see first, since it stands above the rest. This church hides remains of a fortified castle and has been expanded and restored since the 16th century.

Saint Saveur or Church of the Transfiguration in the medieval village of Peillon, France.
Saint Saveur or Church of the Transfiguration in the medieval village of Peillon, France.

Going down through the town, you will find the Chapel of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows, receiving many travelers and pilgrims. The ceiling is decorated with a colorful fresco by the 15th century Italian artist Giovanni Canavesio and in the 17th century it was headquarters of the Brotherhood of the White Penitentsrecognizable by their white tunics.

Following the religious line, there are numerous oratories Scattered throughout the town, we will recognize them because they are corners with statues of saints.


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Civil monuments

The aura of tranquility, disconnection and veneration contrasts with the cosmopolitan and elitist atmosphere of its neighbors Monaco and Nice. The urban layout of the town highlights the pountin either vaulted passagesa type of very short bridges that connected one house to another, separated by the street.

One of the streets of Peillon, you can see the bridge that connects the houses to each other.
One of the streets of Peillon, you can see the bridge that connects the houses to each other.

On the other hand, there are three constructions that represent the daily life of the community. The Arnulf Square fountain that welcomes the traveler, as it is recommended to start the visit from this point. Another landmark of Peillon is its picturesque Peillon-Saint-Thècle train station and its pink façade, which houses the Flaminius Raiberti Railway Heritage Museum. Another example of neighborhood life is community ovenwhere the town’s families baked bread.

Facade of the Peillon - Saint-Thécle station in the French village of Peillon.
Facade of the Peillon – Saint-Thécle station in the French village of Peillon.

How to get to Peillon

Peillon is located 20 kilometers from Niceabout 33 minutes along the M2204B road, now 30 km from Monaco, about 40 minutes by car on the A8. Can arrive by train to Peillon from Nice, the journey takes 25 minutes and the return ticket costs 8 euros.


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