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An overall view of the village of Coaraze
An overall view of the village of Coaraze
Coat of arms of Coaraze
Coat of arms
Coaraze is located in France
Location within Provence-A.-C.d'A. region
Coaraze is located in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Coordinates: 43°51′54″N 7°17′45″E / 43.865°N 7.2958°E / 43.865; 7.2958Coordinates: 43°51′54″N 7°17′45″E / 43.865°N 7.2958°E / 43.865; 7.2958
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Alpes-Maritimes
Arrondissement Nice
Canton Contes
Intercommunality CC du Pays des Paillons
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Monique Giraud-Lazari
Area1 17.14 km2 (6.62 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 729
 • Density 43/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 06043 /06390
Elevation 313–1,414 m (1,027–4,639 ft)
(avg. 620 m or 2,030 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Coaraze (Occitan: Coarasa) is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.


Coaraze is a small village in the Nice hinterland, in the valley of the River Paillon. The closest town is Contes, 8 km (5.0 mi) away.

The village itself is built on a sandstone mount at the foot of Mount Férion (1,414 metres or 4,660 feet (1,420 m) high).


Erected as a baronnie in 1629, Coaraze was under Spanish administration from 1744 to 1748. In the nineteenth century the old trail was replaced by a road.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 421 —    
1968 513 +21.9%
1975 327 −36.3%
1982 463 +41.6%
1990 540 +16.6%
1999 654 +21.1%
2008 729 +11.5%

Its inhabitants are called Coaraziens.


Coaraze is one of sixteen villages grouped together by the Métropole Nice Côte d'Azur tourist department as the Route des Villages Perchés (Route of Perched Villages). The others are: Aspremont, Carros, Castagniers, Colomars, Duranus, Èze, Falicon, La Gaude, Lantosque, Levens, La Roquette-sur-Var, Saint-Blaise, Saint-Jeannet, Tourrette-Levens and Utelle.[1]

Coaraze is a member of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (most beautiful villages of France) association.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The route of perched villages" (PDF). Métropole Nice Côte d'Azur. 2013.