The village is perched like an eagle's nest on the saddle of a rocky mountain spur, overlooking the Bramafan valley to the east and Tinée valley to the west and the south. From Rimplas you can see some of the other lovely villages: Marie perched on a hill down below in the valley to the south; Clans perched even further south down the Tinée; La Bolline up the Valdeblore valley to the east; Roure perched higher up on the mountainside to the northwest. Rimplas is on the "Route du Sel".
Clans 26 km |
Ilonse 22 km |
Marie 15 km |
Nice 59 km |
Plan-du-Var 35 km |
Saint Martin-Vésubie 20 km |
Saint Sauveur-sur-Tinee 13 km |
Tinée Valley |
Tour 32 km |
Venanson 24 km |
Hotels near Rimplas: |
59 km Nice |
The buildings are mostly bare stone, and the narrow village streets are paved with large rectangular stones. The older houses in the village are roofed with a dark red stone (schiste rouge), a type of shist or shale from the region. On the drive back down from the village, you can see large deposits of the schiste rouge low in the Tinée valley. This stone is called "Lauze" locally.
Rimplas has a tradition of baking local bread in an ancient communal oven
several hundred years old. In June they have a bread-baking festival, with delicious fresh mountain bread and several other local specialties, folk dancing, concerts, story telling and other
Rimplas is in the Vallée de Tinée, 60 km north of Nice and about 20 km west of St. Martin-Vésubie. About 20 km up the Tinée valley, turn right towards Valdeblore. The road zig-zags up around the side of the mountain, with a few "lacets", but it's a real two-lane road with even a white line down the middle, and beautiful forested mountains and valleys all around. Seven km along this road, the little D66 road branches off for a 2-km trip up to Rimplas.
Concrete fortifications ring the hilltop of the high peak and the southern end of the spur overlooking Rimplas and the valleys far below. The fort was built from 1929-35, but never finished, and never really used.
As tight as space is on this rocky mountain spur, a cozy little area with shade trees was found for a playground. There's a slide, merry-go-round, teeter-totter and the frame for swings.
Commerce and Lodging
This little village has an Epicerie and the Bar-Tabac "Au Pous' Café" open year-round. There's also a nice 2-star hotel and restaurant, but it was closed in September; try the Office du Tourisme for information. The village has a Gîte Rural (reservations - tel: (33) 493 44 39 39).
First record, 11th century In rege placito; 12th century: Raiplas. The name may mean the village was the county seat of the Comté de la Tinée, derived from "ragin" (Germanic for counsellor) and "placitus" (Latin for judicial assembly).
The Ligures were here.
The village was destroyed around 1000 AD. It was ruled by the Lords of Thorame-Glandevès in the 12th century, the Faucon in the 14th and the Grimaldi until the Revolution. In the 18th century, the village sided with the Austrians and fought the French army -- unsuccessfully; the village was burned down by the French. It was rebuilt, and expanded to its peak glory around the turn of the 19th-20th century.
Office de Tourisme
Tel : 0493 02 88 59
Fête Communale: 22 July
Fête Patronale: 17 Aug
Bus Line 750 Nice - Isola 2000
Bus line 750, Nice - Isola 2000, departs from the Nice Gare Routier, stops at the Gare SNCF (railway station), both Nice airport terminals and several village along the way. The full trip takes 2 hours (90 km) and costs 1 euro.
Stops include Colomars-La Manda, Plan du Var, La Tour-sur-Tinée gare, Pont de Clans, Mairie gare, Rimplas Gare, St Sauveur-de-Tinée village and Isola village.
Note - Bus stops are along the valley and can be a fair distance from the villages. The Clans bus stop is 6 km by road (3 km hiking) from the perched village.
An official list of Alpes-Maritimes bus lines, with links to the schedules for each line (PDF), is available on the following link:
IGN (1/25,000) #3641 OT "Moyenne Var"
The GR5 passes through Rimplas,
with St. Dalmas and Saint Martin-Vésubie to the east
and St-Sauveur-sur-Tinée to the west. The trail St-Sauveur (497 m) is mostly downhill.
Trails go north from Rimplas, climbing past the Cime de Ballour (1905 m)
and Collet de la Sagne (2114 m) to the Vacherie de Rimplas (2081 m).
Lodging - Hotels
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