"Historic Entrevaux - Worth the trip" Entrevaux by sirgaw
Entrevaux Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 39 photos
What is it they say about real estate - position, position, position.
Lets go back almost a thousand years and you're the person in charge of making the decision on where to put up a fortified town. Hmmm, here's a nice spot. Its got a raging river on one side where the enemy may have trouble laden down with all their weapons of war trying to cross; its got a steep gorge that's been carved out by the same river, so that means everyone who comes along must go through our town - and we can charge a tax on them; that same gorge has a great spot to erect a fort on the top and we can see the enemy coming and a safe place for "the boss" to live and count all his money; the spot just happens to lie on a trade route and everyone must pass through or they have to go the long way around and wow, here's the real clincher - the spot just happens to be on the border between 2 waring fiefdoms and we can capitalise on that position to rake in lots of gold doubloons.
There's a few down sides to our little spot; the river is about 50 feet below the area where we could put a small town and therefore we've got to spend a bit in the infrastructure department; the site is about 50 kilometres from a big city with harbour facilities and therefore we've got to have a secure supply line. No problems in either of those problems, we'll form an alliance and adopt the attitude that "they" will protect us from the coast if "we' protect them from inland.
Sold to the Lord on my right.
And so over eons Entrevaux became an important staging post far beyond its wildest dreams. The fortifications were built including a picture-book fort on top of the hill, a bridge spanning the raging torrent was constructed giving a birds eye view of the launching place for adventurous canoeists, the towns infrastructure was completed including blacksmiths shops, taverns, a place of worship, town square, small twisting streets that pass by houses who's walls are warped with age.
Still later a small but more modern town was constructed on the opposite river bank, a cute little railway linking the town to Nice and the Cote de Azure was built, hiking trails established, yet our little town still looks like it has for hundreds of years.
A town where the locals can loll around unhurried in the town square and chat to the butcher under the leafy trees, or head to the small bar and cafe and laugh and joke with other towns folk. Maybe even the town major could come out of his Hotel de Ville and enjoy a chat - he didn't seem to be all that busy.
Entrevaux wants to be in the main stream of tourism and attract thousands of visitors a year to fill the coffers in the same way their forefathers did, but it hasn't got there yet and the result is a spectacular setting that could be used by a film studio for a medieval town (which it is) complete with the fort and all the battlements.
An amazing little town which one day will really make it onto the tourist map, so you'd better be quick and get there before its all spoilt and over run by tourists.
Just to help here's a couple of web links with some of the history and other important information.
http://www.entrevaux.info/accueil.php (French only)
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