Fort du Mont Alban was built by order of Emmanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy, between 1557 and 1560 and is one of the most exemplary French military architectural structures dating back to the 16th century.

The purpose of its construction was to reinforce the defense line considerably debilitate as a result of the siege of Nice (in 1543). But what is striking about Fort du Mont Alban is it has survived, as said, in good condition, despite the fact it was considerably affected in World War II.

At present, Fort du Mont Alban is one of the best lookouts on the French Riviera. This feature is owed to its location on a 220 meters high hilly region from where visitors can see virtually the entire Nice at west and Baie des Anges at east.

Fort du Mont Alban stands out as an excellent daytrip idea for people who vacation in Nice.

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Founded: 1557-1560
Category: Castles and fortifications in France

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Andres Hernandez (2 years ago)
Great place to see the city. Unfortunately, it is closed to get into the building. Also, if you want to see the sunset is great, but you need to be careful, since the last bus passes by 7.40-7.50. So keep that in mind. Also the views that it offers you to both sides are great! It is a place that worth to visit.
Vernon Yang (2 years ago)
Gorgeous view of the city and the surrounding areas. All it takes is an easy to mediocre 45-minute hike up the mountain. Well worth the hike.
John Anderson (2 years ago)
One of the highlights of our trip to Nice. Scaling the mountain through people's homes built into the rock was absolutely unreal. Take a water bottle because its a bit of a hike in the heat. The castle isn't open to enter but it's amazing architecture can be appreciated from the outside with arguably the best views of Nice.
David Clarke (3 years ago)
On a clear, blue sky, comfortably warm day there is little that beats a walk in the park. Well, if you want to amplify the experience there are some additional elements worth considering. Throw in a picturesque Up hill, a rewarding vista of the bay and behold the commanding Fort du Mont Alban.
Catalin Bujoreanu (3 years ago)
It's a long trek up here. The view is alright, but the accomplishment of having walked up the whole way and then getting a leisurely stroll down is great. There is no food or drink up here so grab a bite to enjoy when you make it up.
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