Villages crossed

The Turini stage crosses three towns : Sospel, Moulinet and La Bollène-Vésubie, three typical villages of the Nice back-country, places full of history and of an unquestionable charm.

By this page, where you will find some historical points, photographs and the characteristics of each one of these towns, I hope to give you desire for discovering them, and perhaps a day you will visit them. I promise your travel very sympathetic, enriching, beautiful and interesting.

La Bollène - Vésubie :

Altitude : 650m.
Number of inhabitants : 413

Tourism office :
Website : www.labollenevesubie.fr

Located at mountainside in the valley of Vésubie, the village of La Bollène-Vésubie (Abolena - "new Ground" in Provence language - in 1156 before taking its current name in XIVe) is a pitoresque village, with many old streets in staircase, which today still maintain a strong mountain tradition with its ovine and bovine herds significant for the area (I could not advise you as much to taste the cheese of this village...). Passage point to go up to the Col de Turini, hinge between the valleys of Vésubie and Bévéra, this village is known for its baroque church, l'Eglise Saint Laurent, finished in 1725.

Moulinet :

Altitude : 827m.
Number of inhabitants : 193
Tourism office :
Website : www.moulinet.net

Moulinet is a small village wedged at the bottom of the valley of Bévéra, whose the destiny was a long time shared with Sospel. Its name comes from the construction of a flour mill ("moulin" in french) by farmers, which gave "Moulinet". It is Notre-Dame de la Ménour (photos 2 and 4), religious building located on a rocky outcrop at 3km at the south of the village and initially occupied by a community of monagnards - the Vibères - then by the Romans, who brought to Moulinet his celebrity. Populated of 1139 inhabitants in 1861, this village was emptied considerably because of the hardful life and also the world wars, for counting only 193 inhabitants today.

Sospel :

Altitude : 400m.
Number of inhabitants : 2885
Tourism office :
Website : www.sospel-tourisme.com

Sospel is the largest city of the valley of Bévéra, the second one of the ex-County of Nice (attached to France in 1861) after Nice. At the Vth century, the city became the seat of Evêché de Nice, became chief town in the XIII century, and then passed under the control of the Duchy of Savoy until 1861. Its principal historical places are the Pont Vieux (photo 1), which connects the medieval city to the new districts ; the Cathedral Saint Michel (photo 3), built at the XVIII century on the basis of Romance church of the XII of which there remain still some vestiges ; and the Fort Saint Roch, strategic place at the time of the Second World war.