THE CITY OF BARCELONNETTE
A nugget of the Southern Alps, unique and endearing, Barcelonnette is nestled in the heart of the Ubaye Serre-Ponçon Valley, at the gates of the Mercantour National Park. Escape to this green setting with remarkable landscapes and discover a city rich in history where a unique heritage is revealed at every street corner.
Welcome to Barcelonnette!
The most Mexican of French cities
It reigns like a perfume from elsewhere that you will enjoy discovering in Barcelonnette. Let yourself be surprised by its atypical villas, its lively squares full of charm and its historic center in warm colors.
You will love its pedestrian center which is full of good restaurants, its varied shops and, of course, its surprising villas known as “Mexicans”, a legacy of an era that marked the city forever. Barcelonnette invites you to stroll and discover its past.
Its history is intimately linked to the Americas: In the 19th century, several thousand of its inhabitants set off on an adventure to Mexico and the city today retains an impressive architectural heritage characterized by numerous villas. These beautiful bourgeois residences commissioned by emigrants who returned to the country with their fortunes bear witness to the deep ties that Barcelonnette continues to maintain with Mexico.
It breathes in the city an air of Mexico that astonishes and seduces instantly. Barcelonnette allows you to travel by discovering the many villas inherited from this period, by vibrating to the rhythm of the events during which it is adorned with Mexican colors and by savoring the gastronomic specialties which recall the epic of the Barcelonnettes.