First, Let me say thanks to whoever recomended Villa Amiel in sospel. It was actually better than you said.Second. There is a very good guide to sospel in english which we found in the tourist office and have since found on line for free. Its called 'Secret Sospel' and it tell you all about the town. It has been written like a guided tour round the...more
On it's way down the mountains, the river Bevera is splitting Sospel in two halfs. The famous bridge runs high over it, as this is very necessary in the times the snow melts and the river wtaer is rising to a wild massive level taking everything with it on it's path South towards the mediterranean sea. Usually it is however a calm peaceful river...more
Of course you have to go inside the cathedral and there awaits you again a stunning spectacle of pastel colours and silver, gold as well as magnificent paintings and statues. The retable of Francois Brea symbolising the holy madonna surrounded by angels is a true work of art and attracts the eye for a long time.more
Walking thruogh the gate and down the stairs of the alley behind it we are not knowing what surpise awaits us. Until we are on a square and often first look right to streets leading away and then turn around and almost tumble backwards from the beauty that suddenly appears in front of us. On the other side of a sunny square a baroque facade is...more
At the top of the road we have been following we see an old brick stone wall with a gothic shaped gate in it. Somewhat further is a ruin of a tower. Some say they date back to Roman times, but medieval they are for sure. These are the remainders of the town hall that once surrounded Sospel and kept unwished visitors out. In front of the gate are...more
From the town hall square go up the narrow alley on your left hand side. One immediately can enjoy the old town with three to four story high old buildings and steep streets with old stones and stairs. Some houses are in need of new plaster layers, other look fine and colourful with pastel tints walls. Some windows have flowers in trunks ouside and...more
As told, Sospel was a very important town along the salt route that ran between Italian Torino and the Riviera coastal towns (Menton, Nice and others). Salt was extremely important for conservation of food (fish!) and necessary for making leather of animal skin. The road through the mountains was long and heavy and the transport was done with mules...more
Sospel is already long time a town, though in present day it still is small. In the mountains along the salt route between Torino and the Cote d'Azur (Nice) it however took a very important place. The town hall is a colourful building where proudly the Fremch flag hangs outside. Alongside a square with some terraces and fountains.more
West of the river Bevera is the largest part of Sospel, including the most important public buildings. A scenic walk in this part will give away some wonderful secrets as well as the towns history and story. Follow the next "must see activities" around in a walk through Sospel. We start at the parking across the street of the town hall (Mairie) and...more
This is a small and friendly restaurant as it only really seats about 20 people.
However, the kitchen also does a roaring take-away trade so you know the locals are voting with thier wallets. That's always a good sign for me.
On warmer nights you can eat outside which is always a great thing to do as you get the best of both worlds- chatting with your mates and also seeing what's going on out side too.
They don't have a website but they are on the town website at http://www.sospel06.com
Favorite Dish: The quatre saisons pizza is really the DB's. Freshly made, nice thin pizza base thats crusty round the edges. Great Corsican wine and a pretty waitress too. OK the chefs good looking as well.
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
The road that follows mostly the old salt route is the "Col de Braus" towards Peille and Nice. The road winds upward and passes the old fortresses of the French Maginot line (also interesting for a visit). This road has many wonderful viewpoints over Sospel in it's green valley and leads up to exactly 1.000 metres hight to then steeply go down into...more
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...more