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The hilltop village with a flavour of Italy

Tucked away on a rocky spur overlooking Menton and the Bay of Garavan, Castellar offers an exceptional view. While its narrow streets and chapels draw visitors to the medieval quarter, its hiking trails offer spellbinding vistas. A stronghold of the Lascaris-Vintimille family, the village has long experienced a turbulent history, which has contributed to its robust character. Its orange-yellow facades, arched passageways, Baroque-style palace, fountains and 19th-century lavoirs (wash-houses) are filled with charm. Welcome to this delightful little border town.


“Pick up some barbajuans and fruit and vegetables at the market, then head off for a hike along the Col du Berceau… One of the greatest moments to experience here.”


5 great reasons to visit Castellar

The Sunday morning market on the village square

The 7 chapels along the Col du Razet

The particularly picturesque village centre

The facades in ochre and orange shades with a feel of Italy

The starting point for hiking trails offering breathtaking panoramic views

Must-see Attractions

in Castellar
Vieux Castellar

About an hour’s walk from the present-day village, you can reach the ruins of the original village, built in the 13th century, now known as Vieux Castellar. In 1435, the inhabitants moved to the hill of San Sebastián.

The Olive Festival

An annual event

Olives have been grown in Castellar for centuries and are celebrated here in March. The day is dedicated to discovering this savoury delicacy, through a range of events, producers’ stands and tastings.



Well-known among hikers, the paths starting from Castellar offer breathtaking coastal views, over the Bay of Menton and Italy. It’s an opportunity to enjoy a breath of fresh air, with a great view!

Grand Mont

Let’s go!

This is the highest point of the Côte d’Azur coastal relief (1,379 metres). The Grand Mont (or “Grammondo” as our Italian friends call it) offers a striking landscape contrast between the sea and the mountains, and provides a mountainous setting, as illustrated by the alpine vegetation (heathland with broom, lavender and Scots pine).