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Coat of arms of Coaraze
Coat of arms
Coaraze is located in France
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 Nice-Côte d'Azur
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Monique Giraud-Lazari
Area1 17.14 km2 (6.62 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 729
 • Density 43/km2 (110/sq mi)
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 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 thirteen villages grouped together by the Communauté d'agglomération de Nice-Côte d'Azur tourist department as the Route des Villages Perchés (Route of Perched Villages). The others are: Aspremont, Castagniers, Colomars, Duranus, Èze, Falicon, La Gaude, La Roquette, Levens, Saint-Blaise, Saint-Jeannet and Tourrette-Levens.[1]

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


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Booklet The route of perched villages, Communaute Nice Côte d'Azur, 2007