•Alpes-Maritimes (06140) • • Altitude: 967 m
Saint Barnabé is a small hamlet (in the commune of Coursegoules) at the end of a side road from the Col de Vence, about 10 km northwest of Vence.
Apart from the pretty little stone chapel, there's nothing to visit in Saint Barnabé. No streets to wander and no medieval houses to see. People come to this lovely setting for country walking, hiking, winter snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing.
There's a marked parking area to the left of the road as you approach the village. Be polite and use it; there's no space for visitors parking in the village itself.
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• GPS: 43.764336, 7.038404
IGN (1/25,000) #3642 ET "Vallée de l'Estéron"
IGN (1/25,000) #3643 ET "Cannes, Grasse, Côte d'Azur"
The GR51 passes through the center of Saint Barnabé. The GR51 west goes to Courmes (630m), under 2 hours, then up and down the Gorges-du-Loup to Gourdon. To the east, the GR51 crosses the barren hillsides south of the Col de Vence and on to Saint Jeannet.
Loop hikes can be done, using the GR51 for parts of the loups, either west or east. A loop also goes up to the Puy de Tourrettes (1268 m) due south of Saint Barnabé, with a magnificent view.