route du col de castillon, Sospel, 06380, France
More about Sospel
Sospel lays deep under us in it's valley
Irina at the sanctuary of the Notre Dame
Viaduct de Caramel on the way to Sospel
Sheppards playing on the old pipes.
Travel Tips for Sospel
Fete Agricole, a festival of local customs and art
In September (second weekend) Sospel celebrates it's "Fete Agricole" (Agricultural festival). The harvesting has started though the amandes and olives (of which the vicinity is popular) are not ready yet and that calls for a first celebration. Local customs and costumes are taken from the attic and displayed in the streets. A colourful and musical delight around a market in which many regional products are sold. Besides that, many small and also bigger, animals are going from hand to hand.
Sospel too remembers the fallen sons (& daughters)
At the far end of the park a almost obelisk shaped column is rising up. This is the monument for the fallen in the world wars, something you see in every French town. Sospel got it's share in the second world war, when the Americans tried hard to win the battle in the Alpes after being landed at the beaches near Agay (see Agay-page). Liberation of the Alpes Maritimes lasted until May 1945 and was a fierce battle in difficult terrain.
Local costumes on display
During festivals in the Sospel region, one can often see local (ancient) costumes of various groups. One immediately recognises certain cloths from books and old pictures, like the sheppards on the picture here. Furthermore the farmerscloths and musicians are both radiating Italian influences and those of Alpine countries like Switzerland and even Austria. History recalls that this region belonged until the end of the 19th century to Italian kingdom (Lombardia, Sardegnan, Torino).
A viaduct of Caramel?
On the "Col de Castillon", Sospel's Southern exit pass is a small village called Castillon. Just passed it high on the mountainside and along the road is a viaduct on the place where one first can see the Mediterranean Sea in the distance. It's called "Viaduct de Caramel", though I cannot find the reason why? It surely isn't sweet and the colour of the stones is too light to resamble the nice candy. At night the viaduct is wonderfully alluminated and forms a beaken for all those who drive the mountainsroad.
Notre Dame de la Menour
Travelling into the direction of Moulinet, a village that is situated near the rising onto the "Col the Turini" (pass), one experiences amazing views from the mountains and into the valley of the Bevera river that is somewhere deep down below. High in the mountains, on a place hardly imaginable to built anything on, stands the chapel of "Notre Dame de la Menour". A bridge leads to the rock on which it is placed, looking away into the deep valley and over the high steep mountains on either side of it. With only about 10 (exciting)_ kilometres from Sospel, a definate interesting place to go. Also possible on the way to Park Mercantour's Western boundries.