Fort Mont-Alban

Fort Mont-Alban: Nice’s jewel in the crown

A simple 2km stroll from downtown Nice, it might be said that the most enjoyable method of getting to Fort Mont-Alban is on foot, especially during the kinder climates which can account for over 300 days of the year in the region.

Fort Mont-Alban is a beautiful example of French military architecture, which goes all the way back to the 16th century. It was originally built on the instructions of Emmanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy.

The purpose of Fort Mont-Alban was originally to defend the strategically important city of Nice, and many observers noted their surprise at the way that the structure stayed remarkably intact during World War Two.

Today, it is a compelling attraction, which offers one of the best vistas of the surrounding French Riviera to residents and tourists alike. It sits on top of a 220m hill, and you will see how useful it must have been as a defence lookout, with any intruders easily spotted from afar. You might say that Fort Mont-Alban is Nice’s most popular day trip, and in the digital era the array of positive online reviews from around the world is a testament to its enduring allure.

While taking a taxi or Uber might be tempting, we really recommend stretching your legs and covering the distance by foot, as you get to soak up the surroundings of the park in which Fort Mont-Alban is located. Walking from the Promenade des Anglais, taking the route by the Port of Nice, the walk takes no longer than one and a half hours.

If it is a sunny day, you may want to take a picnic along and enjoy some time in the park either before or after you have visited the Fort Mont-Alban itself. And in the social media age, there is surely no better stop for the perfect photo op with the views east or along the coast used as a scenic background.

Simply put, if you are coming to Nice, you should make time in your trip to check out the imposing yet beautiful Fort Mont-Alban.

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