Pop.: 2.138 h.
Aera : 993 ha. Alt.: 370 m.
Département of Alpes Maritimes
At 18 Km from Nice, by the road D2204.
L'Escarène is an old town of Nice's hinterland midway between the sea and the Mercantour National Park, located on the road to Tende between Nice and the Col de Braus as a road familiar to aficionados Rallye Monte Carlo !
If the rally cars are just passing through, visitors will have a vested interest to give the closest Escarène The car has many hidden charms. Moreover, since the distant days when the village was a required step in the Route du Sel, his motto is not "sta viator" (Stop Young!).
Visually, the main characteristic is its Escarène The impressive viaduct of eleven arches of 40 meters in height, which spans the valley of Paillon overlooking the village. Built in the 30 years, he sees every day passing the "train des Merveilles", which takes you to the famous Valley of the same name, even to Cuneo in Italy.
But of course the ancient city located at the foot of the viaduct that deserves your attention. Begin your visit with the church of Saint Pierre Es Links, a marvel of 17th century baroque which compose, with its chapels of penitents whites and blacks, an outstanding historical monument.
In the interior you can admire the organ built in 1791 by brothers Grinda, who carried the title of "factors of organ Roy Sardegna. Honoré and Antoine, both born in Nice, participated in the construction of several organs in the County of Nice, Villefranche-sur-Mer or Clans.
Also classified a historical monument, that this organ is the pride of the Escarène, is kept alive each summer, the city offers to all, free of charge, "Rendez-Vous de l'Orgue Escarène of Life", where best organists are invited. Advice to lovers of authentic baroque music!
Then, a stroll through the narrow streets and old stone bridges needed: Between the Gabelle, the Old Bridge or "dou Carriera Mitan, you relive the rich hours of this medieval village, which was fee and priory of the abbey of Saint-Pons since the 11th century reign of Tondut Escarène of the 18th.
Outdoor lovers will be pleased to learn that several paths based on the Escarène, through forests of pine, larch and oak ...