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A view of Utelle from a nearby hillside
A view of Utelle from a nearby hillside
Coat of arms of Utelle
Coat of arms
Utelle is located in France
Coordinates: 43°55′07″N 7°14′53″E / 43.9186°N 7.2481°E / 43.9186; 7.2481Coordinates: 43°55′07″N 7°14′53″E / 43.9186°N 7.2481°E / 43.9186; 7.2481
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Alpes-Maritimes
Arrondissement Nice
Canton Tourrette-Levens
Intercommunality Métropole Nice Côte d'Azur
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Bernard Cortes
Area1 67.97 km2 (26.24 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 693
 • Density 10/km2 (26/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 06151 /06450
Elevation 126–2,080 m (413–6,824 ft)
(avg. 800 m or 2,600 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.

Utelle (Occitan: Uels) is a commune about 40 miles (64 km) northeast of Nice in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France.


It is perched on a hill along the Vesubie Gorge not far from the Mercantour National Park.


Formerly an agricultural village planted with numerous olive trees, the village is near the Madonne d'Utelle, a chapel that serves as an annual pilgrimage site for local Catholics; in their 1997 book "The Templar Revelation," Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince mention (on pg. 82) "the old Templar town of Utelle, whose medieval houses still bear the esoteric sigils of the alchemists..." It 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, Coaraze, Colomars, Duranus, Èze, Falicon, La Gaude, Lantosque, Levens, La Roquette-sur-Var, Saint-Blaise, Saint-Jeannet and Tourrette-Levens.[1]


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 506 —    
1968 516 +2.0%
1975 451 −12.6%
1982 398 −11.8%
1990 456 +14.6%
1999 488 +7.0%
2008 693 +42.0%

See also[edit]

Communes of the Alpes-Maritimes department


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

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