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Saorge

A balcony perched on the mountainside

Saorge is a landmark in itself. With the look of a Tibetan village, it is listed village and as such is classified as one of France’s ‘Plus Beaux Villages’ (most beautiful villages). With a maze of narrow streets and typically medieval vaulted passageways, as an ancient fortress, Saorge clings to the mountainside, forming an amphitheatre above the Roya Gorges.

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Coming to Saorge is about reconnecting with nature! It’s a sure way of getting back to basics. You can’t help but be impressed by this village perched on the mountainside. A visit to the monastery is ideal for getting away from it all.

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5 great reasons to visit Saorge

A suspended village with a Tibetan feel

A listed monastery overlooking the village

The Bain du Sémite with its crystal-clear water

A starting point for hikes with sublime panoramic views

Staircase lanes and wash-house

To reach the Roya Valley
  • Roya Valley Access

    Having been severely impacted by Storm Alex, the Roya Valley and its villages are now ready to welcome you this summer! Road and rail links have been developed to offer you the best possible experience.

    Roya Valley Access

The Monastery

of Saorge

A former Franciscan friary, the monastery of Saorge is now listed as a Monument Historique. It became the property of the State in the mid-1960s and was transformed into a house for literature and authors in 2001. The Baroque building today, welcomes writers, translators, scriptwriters and composers who come to take part in writing retreats, seminars and conferences.

Saint-Sauveur Church

A Baroque Masterpiece

The church, now considered a Baroque masterpiece, was originally Roman. The interior features 17th and 18th century altarpieces, a christening font and a high altar made in 1732, which is a real marvel of marble inlay. The organ, crafted in Italy, was transported by boat to Nice and brought to Saorge on the backs of mules in separate pieces in 1847. It has been regularly played at concerts and religious events ever since. The 19th century bell is regularly rung by the village’s master bell-ringer.

THE BELL-RINGER

On the bell tower of Saint-Sauveur Church, there is a highly original bell chime, featuring four bells that were cast in the 19th century. Saorge’s master bell ringer regularly rings the “tirignoun de saoudge” using both his hands and feet.

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