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A day in Sospel
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Sospel: Dolce vita in the spellbinding city

Soak up the Italian vibes in Sospel as you stroll from one lane to the next, one surprise to another in the lush Bévéra Valley. It’s home to countless chapels, a fabulous baroque cathedral with a historical organ, the famous Pont-Vieux bridge and several forts on the Maginot Line. Awe-inspiring.

Explore Sospel on a day trip walking or cycling.

What with its colourful buildings, lush nature, the Bévéra and its heritage, Sospel is one village where you’re going to want to take things slow!

5 great reasons to visit Sospel

Be blown away by the baroque brilliance of Sospel Cathedral

Gaze at the trompe-l’œil walls along the Bévéra

Cross the iconic Pont-Vieux bridge on the Salt Road

Travel back in time and picture medieval Sospel

Visit the three forts on the Maginot Line

Visit central Sospel

Baroque buildings and trompe-l’œil murals

Fancy a trip through medieval history? Cross the Bévéra over Pont-Vieux bridge in the village centre: you’re now on the historical Salt Road. Use your time here to gaze at the cheerfully coloured buildings and lights glittering in the lanes. Follow your heart: cool off beneath the plane trees, sniff out freshly baked bread, listen to the bells ring…
Before you know it you’ll have found the crowning glory of your trip: step into a show-stopping setting and feast your eyes on the fabulous Sospel Cathedral. The sun-drenched forecourt is your starting point to explore an opulent baroque treasure. Who said gold was cold?

HOME IS WHERE THE ORGAN IS…

Bats love snuggling up in the historical organ’s pieces. It hides behind a curtain and is only revealed for concerts.

Tips

for a great trip:

  • Download the map below so you don’t miss a thing in the village!
  • Join the summer Baroque Adventures and explore Sospel with a guide.
  • We recommend parking on the Maulandi car park on the edge of the village. An electric charging station is available.
  • Sospel Cathedral is open daily 9am-5pm. It’s best to visit it in the morning so you can soak up the sun-drenched forecourt.
  • Feast your senses on our local produce on Thursday morning at the market (Place des Platanes) or visit the farmers’ market on Sunday morning (Place du Marché).
  • The park at the station is the perfect place for families to take a welcome break at the play area and fish pond.

Tips

for visiting Notre-Dame de la Menour

  • The chapel itself isn’t open to visitors. But it’s worth the trip just for the setting. The yellow building stands out from the green mountains in the background.
  • Park on the side of the road, there’s some space.

Tips

to hike with peace of mind:

  • Get off on the right foot: pack water, a hat, good shoes and a snack then you’re good to go!
  • Binoculars and a compass always come in handy.
  • Pick up an IGN map so you can ramble with peace of mind.
  • Please note: some mountain areas don’t have good network coverage.
  • Bring a jumper along if you visit the forts as it’s only 14 degrees.
  • Saint-Roch Fort is only open at the weekend between April and September and every afternoon (exc. Monday) in July and August.

Tips

for your bike rides:

  • It’s best to bring your own bike as there are no bike hire shops in Sospel.
  • Keep your repair kit to hand as it can be hard to find what you need to fix a tyre!
  • There’s a bike stand on Place Saint-Pierre in front of the Town Hall.
  • NB: There are no e-bike charging stations in Sospel as yet.
  • The region is surrounded by hills so the paths are always challenging. Don’t overestimate your ability.
For an amazing day out...

Our top tips

Come to visit us

  • Take the train from Nice, it’s the best way to soak up the unique views from the Train of Wonders. Board at Nice-Ville station, stop at Sospel (approx. 1 hr).
  • If you decide to drive from Menton, you can go through Sospel via the Col de Brouis to reach Breil-sur-Roya and then on to Tende. Further information about: Access to the Roya Valley
  • Take the A8 from Nice (50 min drive).

Good to know

  • Cash machines on Place Garibaldi and Place de la Cabraïa.
  • Check opening times before you head out.
  • If you like a dip then there’s a lovely place to swim on the botanical trail.
  • Visit the food shops, bakers, butchers and delis to concoct your own local picnic… say hi from us 😉
  • What to take home: Lavoriero honey (Ruchers des oliviers) and Genero honey (Rucher du Buzard).
  • You can drink the water from all the village fountains, unless otherwise indicated.
  • Get expert advice from Karima and Mathilde at Tourist Information: sospel-tourisme@menton-riviera-merveilles.fr or +33 4 83 93 95 70.
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