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North of the Cote d'Azur atop a cliff with a stark backdrop of rocky mountains lies Peillon, an authentic and timeless Provencal village. A labyrinthine maze of cobbled pathways, steep streets dominated by unchanged medieval houses and vaulted passageways, it makes for the perfect destination for writers or anyone looking to escape the tourist mobs of summer in the French Riviera. A fully pedestrianised town, it is one to explore by foot: the streets sit in the shadow of plane trees and terraced houses garlanded with hanging vines and flowers. History lovers will get drunk on its authenticity, because Peillon has remained unchanged for many years - a fact that may prove tedious to some - and as such, there is only one restaurant, and few touristy sites of interest. However, the medieval frescoed chapels, disused oil mills, stone fountains and weekly markets make it the perfect snug rural retreat. Find out more by checking out our list of the best places to stay in Peillon.
What not to miss
- Explore the town by foot!
- Visit the Chapel of Penitents-Blancs and admire the 15th century frescoes.
- Walk to the top of the hill and drink in the gorgeous panoramas!
- Go hiking in the mountains above Peillon.
- Visit the Railway Heritage Museum at Peillon's train station!
- Browse the weekly Sunday market in the square of the village church.
A picturesque medieval town seemingly stuck in a time warp, Peillon has much to offer the writer trying to finish their novel, or the couple looking to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life. Find out why by browsing our collection of the best places to stay in Peillon!
The best places to stay in Peillon
- Auberge de la Madone: a spellbinding family-run inn, offering quaint and understated rooms with gorgeous views of orchards and olive groves, boasting a fantastic on-site restaurant. Romantic, rustic and beautiful.
For an apartment or villa
- Our partner Booking.com has a wide range of villas and apartments in the nearby area.
- The best time to go is during the summer, when the temperature ranges between 16 and 25 degrees.
- Fly to Nice International Airport, and get a train to Peillon. The journey takes 25 minutes roughly.
- If you want to rent a car, contact our partner Rentalcars. Be warned that the town itself is largely pedestrianised, and the narrow cobbled lanes aren't suited to cars.
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Best Hotels in Peillon
Auberge de la Madone 17 rooms from £88Peillon
Enchanting family-run inn perched on a cliff-edge high above the Med, with fabulous views. Fantastic on site restaurant serves locally grown produce to the highest standard. Understated rooms with private balconies boast spectacular views of the orchards and olive groves. Romantic.Local exploring - Ideal for an active explorer, start with the proerty grounds and work your way to the town and surrounding countryside.Romantic Break - Wonderful views, delicious food and intimate rooms make this an idyllic couples hideaway.Foodies - Michelin recommended restaurnt serving locally grown produce in a traditional style.Great walks - There is wonderful hiking in the surrounding mountains and forests.