This charming little village calls itself "the highest coastal village in Europe," a claim as hard to refute as prove: after all, how far does one have to be from the coast to still be considered a coastal village? Be that as it may, Sainte Agnès is located at 750 m (2,460 feet) above sea level, and the Mediterranean is a mere 3 km (1.9 miles) away as the crow flies! Using the narrow, sinewy, and steep road that climbs up from Menton (on the Mediterranean at the French/Italian border) one reaches Sainte Agnès after some 10 kilometers (6.2 miles). For those who don't feel up to the drive, there is a bus service from Menton.
In the 12th century, a castle was built on the top of the hill above Sainte Agnès, It is completely in ruins now. Indeed, most of it was transported downhill to construct the houses of the current village which date from the 15th through 18th century.
The photos on this page were taken on May 1, 2000
Town Hall, Church, and a village house
Window on the mountains
Most streets look like this
The ruins of the old castle on the hilltop
The medieval garden and the village seen from above
Detail on village house
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