Entrevaux is a very special place. Not only is it a historic village, it is also located in a dramatic landscape. Built on a huge rock, it is surrounded on three sides by the Var River. On the fourth side rises a steep cliff upon which stands the citadel that was built during the reign of Louis XIV. An impressive rampart leads up to it and from there one has a spectacular view of the Var valley.
The houses of Entrevaux crowd behind a well-preserved wall. There are three drawbridges: the Porte Royale which is the main entrance into the town, the Porte d’Italie leading to Italy and the Porte de France and there are three streets, connected by a multitude of narrow walkways, which all lead to a well-preserved church dating from the 12th century. The breath of history clings to this village because the citizens of Entrevaux have altered little. The fountains, arches, balconies, ancient doors and narrow stairways have not changed over the centuries. At the same time Entrevaux is a living, vibrant town with excellent restaurants, coffee shops and stores.
There are many opportunities for hiking, the Var River offers rafting and kayaking and there is a lake nearby for swimming and boating. The Mediterranean is an hour’s drive away. Nice, Antibes, Cannes, Monte Carlo are all fun places to visit but it is a relief to get back to the peace and quiet of Entrevaux at night, drink a glass of wine by the open window and listen to the Var rush by.
If you are interested in the outdoors, in history or would just like to enjoy life in the French countryside with its festivals, wine and food, Entrevaux has something for everybody. Nature and man have truly worked together here to create a unique place in a dramatic setting.
I wrote a short, humorous book about my experiences in France which is available on Amazon. "Thyme in Provence" by Christel Detsch