The ancient village of Cipières is perched on a rocky ridge high above the Loup river valley, with a view north and east across to the Montagne du Cheiron. The huge white block of a building towering above the houses at the northern edge is a restored 17th century chàteau.
Nearby: | Andon 23 km | Antibes 42 km | Bar-sur-Loup 14 km | Calern Plateau 24 km | Cannes 55 km | Caussols 22 km | Caussols Plateau 26 km | CERGA Observatory 26 km | Courmes 10 km | Gorges-du-Loup 10 km | Gourdon 12 km | Grasse 26 km | Gréolières 8 km | Nice 47 km | Vence 26 km |
The pretty village is isolated from main roads; the only traffic is of people going intentionally to and from Cipières. In spite of the relative isolation, its an active village, with rock concerts in July, activities such as the harvest festival in the Autumn, and an active village life.
The main village square has a circular 19th-century fountain, on which a rotating harvest scene was prepared for the Autumn festival (photo-4). There are some nice old houses and picturesque little streets.
We found one street named "Roumpe Cuou", which could translate (politely) to Break Neck street. Reader J.M. pointed out that, since "cuou" is more likely to be the Provencal for "arse", the real translation (into American English) is probably Break Ass street.
First record, 11th century , name derived from Arius de Cippus
Prehistoric: Prehistoric sites were discovered at St-Pons, Baus, St-Jean and La Gradaire (all about 3 km northeast).
Medieval: Cipières was ruled by the house of Grasse, then by the Agoults. The commune was acquired in 1520 by René de Savoi, Count of Tende. In 1646 it was sold to Bouthillier de Chavigny.
Office de Tourisme
Tel (Mairie): 04 93 59 96 48; Fax: 04 93 59 96 78
One bus a day for Cipières and Gourdon, leaves Grasse at 15h30, from Mon-Fri.
- There are at least 15 grottos and potholes (avens) in the area around Cipières, especially across the Caussols Plateau (Plateau de Caussols) just to the southwest. The aven des Baoudillons goes down 120 meters.
The GR4 (Grande Randonnée) passes directly through the village. To the north the GR4 goes by Gréloières, over the Montagne du Cheiron and through the forests and mountains to Entrevaux. To the south the GR4 crosses the Plateau de Calern and the CERGA observatory, the Plateau de Caussols, and joins the GR51 just north of Grasse.
• Other local hikes go down both sides of the Loup, and there are hikes out across the Plateau de Caussols.