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Glorious Gorbio

Post by Sharat | May 14, 2018 | See France Destination Guides | Comment
Glorious Gorbio

You can find the village of Gorbio sitting on the side of a hill just a short distance inland from the Coted’Azur in the South-Eastern part of Provence. Here you will find that you are extremely close to the French border with Italy. As with other villages perched on the side of a hill in this part of Provence, Gorbio is in a stunning location which is a major reason why you should visit. It sits high up in the steep slopes of the Gorbio valley and is covered by trees and olives that rise up around the village.

Exploring Gorbio

Given its location, you will not be surprised that the views from around the village are stunning. Not only do you get great views of the village but there are some amazing views across the Mediterranean. You should begin your visit to Gorbio in the village main square. There is an unusual feature of the village in the square that comes in the form of a splendid elm tree that residents are extremely proud of. The tree is believed to be around 300 years old and is officially listed as one of the most remarkable trees in France. There is also a wonderful fountain in the square that dates back to the 19th century and used to serve as an important source of water for Gorbio.

Pleasant to wander around

The streets of Gorbio are cobbled and narrow and lined with ancient houses built mainly between the 14th and 16th centuries. They wind through the village and this makes exploring Gorbio an extremely pleasant experience. There are some charming covered passageways as well as a tiny open square that you will probably stumble upon as you wander around. Be sure to pay a visit to the Church of Saint-Barthélemy which was built in the 17th century as well as the 12th century Chapel of Saint-Lazare. If you make your way to the edge of the village you will find a large structure that overlooks the valley which is known as the Comtes de Malaussene which is a castle also built during the 17th century.

Try and visit in June

There is also the Chateau de Lascaris which in its heyday from the 12th century was far more substantial, however all that remains is a tower known as the Tour Lascaris. Oddly enough there is also a small museum dedicated to native American art that you can also pay a visit to and hosts the Raza-Montgillat collection. If you do intend to visit, try and time your visit for June when there is an annual procession of penitents lit by small lights made from snail shells. Despite how close Gorbio is to the busy French Riviera the great thing about it, its it is not inundated with tourists which is good because the village facilities are fairly limited.

Gorbio France by Daniel70mi Falciola, on Flickr

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