Villages of the Upper Siagne

Cabris, a village rebuilt
The village of Cabris has undergone many changes since the late Middle Ages. On place Mirabeau, atop the rocky spur on which the village is built are the remains of the medieval castle. What became of the castle? Auctioned off during the Revolution...
The village of Spéracèdes
If there is one village that has all the charm of Provence, it’s definitely Spéracèdes. Spéracèdes first came into being in the eighteenth century when the village church was built, but for a long time it was just a hamlet surrounded by farmland...
The medieval village
The village of Saint-Cézaire-sur-Siagne has a modern district with straight streets to the east, but today we are going to visit the old village overlooking the val de la Siagne that dates back to the Middle Ages. This medieval district is laid out...
How the village came about
Saint-Vallier-de-Thiey has all the typical features of a medieval village on the plain. Its streets read like a history book. From the church district to the extensions along the Grasse road, the whole village is like one big open-air history book....

Villages south of Grasse

The perched village of Auribeau-sur-Siagne
You’re now at the entrance to the village of Auribeau-sur-Siagne in front of the Portal Soubran, which means Upper Portal . The Portal dates from medieval times and is just one of the unusual architectural features of this perched village whose...
Mougins and its circular layout
Perched on the top of a hill, Mougins is a typical Provençal village. With one interesting difference: its so-called radio-concentric layout. But what does this strange word so unlike the picturesque vocabulary usually used to describe Provence mean...
Mouans and its grid plan layout
There are a lot of things to discover on the impressive place du marché in Mouans-Sartoux. The square has a long and rich history, stretching from its ornamental circular fountain, its covered wash-house that pre-dates the French Revolution to the...
A linear village
La Roquette-sur-Siagne is an unusual kind of settlement known as a linear village! It was created in the eighteenth century and consists of two rows of houses either side of a main road. Village life is centred on the lovely place José Thomas, a...

Villages in the Loup valley

The village of Tourrettes-sur-Loup
The village of Tourrettes-sur-Loup is perched on a limestone outcrop, and is what is known as a promontory fort. What exactly does that mean? It means that the cliff forms a natural defence on three sides of the village. Given all the troubles in...
The perched village of Gourdon
The name of the road into the centre of the village of Gourdon says it all: “ La montée du village ”, the village slope. Built above a steep cliffside, Gourdon is the perfect example of a perched village. With a clear view over the Pays de Grasse...
The old village of Le Bar-sur-Loup
Discover the secrets of the village of Le Bar-sur-Loup by wandering around its maze of small picturesque streets. Look out for the street names and the wealth of detail in the houses. Let’s start with rue Estrabarry meaning “ extra barris ”, in...
Changes to the village of Cipières
The plateau de Calern path that you’re now standing on overlooks the village of Cipières. Let’s stay here for a moment and try and get to grips with how the village has changed. Built in the Middle Ages on the side of a small cliff and defended by a...

En complément

Scattered settlements in the high ground
The village of Escragnolles is a perfect example of a scattered settlement. Escragnolles was deserted in the Middle Ages, but has since seen the arrival of new populations who have spread out across different locations. This is not your usual...
Mouans castle
People who visit Mouans castle are often surprised by its rather unusual architecture! Although large parts of it were destroyed at the time of the Revolution, the castle was rebuilt in the nineteenth century following its original triangular layout...
Magagnosc, hamlet of Grasse
Grasse is a very extensive commune with a large number of districts, hamlets and estates that are difficult to tell apart. You are now in the heart of the hamlet of Magagnosc, one of the three biggest hamlets in the commune, the others being...
Nineteenth-century town planning
After the French Revolution, the village of Saint-Cézaire-sur-Siagne doubled in size. In order to differentiate between the new districts and the old town, let’s first identify the major phases in the extension of the village. In the eighteenth...
Plascassier, hamlet of Grasse
Grasse is a very extensive commune with a large number of districts, hamlets and estates that are difficult to tell apart. You are now in the heart of the hamlet of Plascassier, one of the three biggest hamlets in the commune along with Magagnosc...
A keep and a castle
We’ve brought you to Place de la Tour for a little lesson in architecture. In this square up at the top of the village, there are some buildings dating from the Middle Ages that show us something of what the Le Bar estate was like back then,...
Le Plan, hamlet of Grasse
Grasse is a very extensive commune with a large number of districts, hamlets and estates that are difficult to tell apart. You are now in the heart of the hamlet of Le Plan, one of the three biggest hamlets in the commune along with Magagnosc and...
How La Colle-sur-Loup came into being
La Colle-sur-Loup nowadays is a lovely little traditional village that’s a great place to live. Originally, it was several independent hamlets that eventually joined up to form the village. Since prehistoric times, there have been many different...