Sospel village near Monte Carlo
Sospel village near Monte Carlo is a small town situated about 15km inland from the coastal resort of Menton & close to the French border with Italy. We were based in Breil Sur Roya just a short drive through the mountains.
Briel Sur Roya to Sospel & Monte Carlo
A short drive to the coast.
This small medieval town feels almost Italian in character, maybe because it was part of Italy until 1860.
Relaxing in the town square
Sospel became prosperous in the 13th century when an important salt trading route between Nice and Turin passed through the town and those using the route paid tolls to use the bridge across the Bévéra river.
Houses along the riverbanks
The streets of the old town contain numerous attractive medieval houses, many with decorative painted facades.
The tower in the centre of the fortified bridge was originally the toll gate for the mules using the trade route. A bridge has stood here since at least the 13th century, although it is likely the original version was built of wood. In 1522 the wooden bridge was replaced by a stone version, much as we see it today.
Viaduct beside the village
You can spend many days exploring the beautiful part of France.
Coffee with Deborah
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