Saint-Laurent-du-Var

France

Saint-Laurent-du-Var is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region on the French Riviera.

CountryFrance
RegionProvence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
DepartmentAlpes-Maritimes
CantonCagnes-sur-Mer-2
Government
 Mayor (2020–2026)Joseph Segura
Area110.11 km2 (3.90 sq mi)
Population 28,453
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)

History

The town was founded in the 11th century when a hospice was founded under Saint Lawrence’s protection. The main activity was to help passengers to cross the Var, which became a border between Kingdom of France and County of Nice in 1481.

Geography

St. Laurent is the second-largest suburb of the city of Nice, after Cagnes-sur-Mer, in the urban community of Nice Côte d’Azur. It lies adjacent to it on the west side on the other side of the river Var.

Nowadays, the town has developed much and its population has been multiplied by ten in the last century and it is now part of Nice metropolitan area. The suburb’s positioning, close to Nice and with an abundance of flatlands – which is a rare resource in this region – led to the building of CAP 3000, the Côte d’Azur’s biggest mall, and an industrial zone with many dynamic activities.

Economy 

Saint-Laurent-du-Var is a town in full expansion today. For a long time, flower and market gardening constituted the bulk of its economic activity, but this image of a near past no longer corresponds to today’s reality. An international tourist zone (ZTI), where retail businesses can waive the Sunday rest for employees.

With an active and modern industrial business park in the north (32 ha) and a very dynamic seafront in the south with the Cap 3000 shopping center. The marina also benefits from the proximity of Nice-Côte d’Azur airport.

Transportation

St. Laurent is located close to “Nice Côte d’Azur” Airport, in the eastern side of Var river, Nice. The town also has a harbor, an interchange on the motorway A8, and a railway station on the Marseille-Toulon-Nice-Ventimiglia line.

Educatioin

Educational establishments:

  • Nursery and primary schools,
  • Colleges,
  • High schools in Nice, Cagnes-sur-Mer.

Local Culture and Heritage 

Places and monuments 

Historic heart of the city, pedestrian walks by the sea on the Esplanade des Goélands and the promenade des Flots-Bleus with restaurants and places to relax. In addition, a cycle path was recently opened to go to downtown Nice.

  • The Napoleon-III bridge connects the town to Nice by crossing the Var .
  • The old mills of Saint-Laurent-du-Var.
  • Signal tower.
  • War memorial, Military decorations.

Religious buildings 

  • Church Saint-Laurent , Church Street, x th  century Romanesque. Since 1925, a campanile has replaced the original bell tower.
  • St. Joseph Church, rising Grimonds, xxi th  century.
  • Chapel Sainte-Petronille, chemin de la Chapelle, xvii th  century.
  • Sainte-Jeanne-d’Arc chapel, avenue De Lattre, modern, contemporary stained glass.
  • Chapelle Sainte-Geneviève, chemin du Fahnestock.
  • Chapel of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows, boulevard de Provence.

Contact

Saint-Laurent-du-Var Tourist Information Office
email
info.saintlaurentduvar@nicecotedazurtourisme.com
address
1819 Route du Bord de Mer 06700 Saint-Laurent-du-Var
phone
00 33 4 93 31 31 21