Travelling up into the
hills of the Alpes-Maritimes is very rewarding. Firstly there are a
number of 'villages perch鳧 or perched villages as they hang over
steep rocky outcrops. Some of these are almost unchanged since the
Middle Ages. Peille and Peillon are particularly good examples.
is one of the most famous hill villages of the Nice hinterland. Its
16th-century ramparts offer views over cypress trees and terracotta
roofed villas. Its little medieval winding streets are full of
artists' galleries and little shops. Other charming villages include
Grasse, Tourettes sur Loup, Eze and La Turbie.
It is possible to take
a mountain train, Le Train des Pignes, from a little station (Chemin
de Fer de Provence) at the top of Avenue Jean Medecin. This goes to
Digne-les-Bains, a delightful mountain spa town, offering superb
views on the way.