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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Егор Андреев (4 months ago)
The fort looks nice. Didn't have chance to get inside, it was closed. The view from the hill is worth walking up.
Junyi Hu (7 months ago)
Cool place with a great view upon Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat below.
Nils Baumgartner (7 months ago)
Wonderful view. The doors of the ruin are closed. On a hit das there is always a nice wind to cool down.
Sander (9 months ago)
I visited this place and nothing was really wrong. There was a amazing view from the top, on One side you had “VilleFrance-sur-mer” and on the other side you had “Nice”
Laurie Nesbitt (11 months ago)
One of my favorite spots in Nice. I usually walk up but there's also parking. The views are beautiful. A nice place to bring a sandwich and look out over Villefranche and Cap Ferrat. And there are lots of walking trails.
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