|Intercommunality||Communauté d'agglomération de Nice-Côte d'Azur|
|Elevation||24–349 m (79–1,145 ft)
(avg. 236 m or 774 ft)
|Land area1||13.1 km2 (5.1 sq mi)|
|- Density||513 /km2 (1,330 /sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||06065/ 06610|
|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.|
La Gaude takes its name from a tool that was used for repairing fishing nets. Repairs were the responsibility each week of a different inhabitant, who found the tool left at his door the evening before he was responsible.
To the south of the village, a restored Roman sarcophagus is close to the Aurelian Way, the Roman road that passed near the present castle. After the Saracen attacks in the ninth century, the inhabitants of the nearby and higher village of Saint-Jeannet descended to the more fertile and less rugged La Gaude area. "La Gauda" is mentioned in 1075. Soon the village was burned for having converted to the Cathar heresy. When the frontier became the nearby River Var, the village was again destroyed.
The village was affected by the plague in the fifteenth century and abandoned until the late sixteenth century. La Gaude became an independent community in 1599, separating from Saint Jeannet. Looting took place in 1704 and for five days in 1707. In the twentieth century, La Gaude was transformed by the arrival of piped water. Marcel Pagnol chose to live in the village.
IBM established a research centre in La Gaude in the 1960s.
La Gaude 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, Coaraze, Colomars, Duranus, Èze, Falicon, La Roquette, Levens, Saint-Blaise, Saint-Jeannet and Tourrette-Levens.
See also 
- Booklet The route of perched villages, Communaute Nice Côte d'Azur, 2007
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