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Beausoleil (France)
region Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur
Department Alpes-Maritimes
Arrondissement Nice
Canton Beausoleil
Community association Riviera Française
Coordinates 43 ° 45 ′  N , 7 ° 25 ′  E Coordinates: 43 ° 45 ′  N , 7 ° 25 ′  E
height 40-621 m
surface 2.79 km 2
Residents 13,607 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 4,877 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 06240
INSEE code

Beausoleil ( Nissart-Occitan : Bèusoulèu ) is a French commune with 13,607 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017) in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region . It belongs to the Arrondissement of Nice .


The municipality of Beausoleil is located near the Côte d'Azur and borders immediately to the northwest on the Principality of Monaco , with the settlement areas merging over a length of almost 2.5 kilometers. Some houses on one side of the street belong to Beausoleil, on the opposite side to Monaco. The municipal area stretches towards the northwest up the foothills of the French Maritime Alps . The location above Monaco offers numerous vantage points such as the 291  m high Mont des Mules . The A8 car route runs right in the north of the municipality .

Neighboring communities are Peille in the north, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin in the north-east, the Monegasque districts Jardin Exotique , Les Moneghetti , Ravin de Sainte-Dévote , Monte-Carlo and La Rousse in the east and south , and La Turbie in the west .


The municipality of Beausoleil was founded in 1904 by relocating from the municipality of La Turbie. The reorganization had become necessary because of the enormous construction activity and the rapidly increasing population on the border with the Principality of Monaco. The new municipality was originally supposed to be named Monte-Carlo-Supérior . After protests by the Princely House , the name Beausoleil was chosen to appeal to tourists ( beau 'beautiful' , soleil 'sun' ).

The strong growth of the new community was mainly due to the development of tourism and gambling in Monte Carlo . Many jobs were created there, which attracted immigrants from Italy and the rural area.

The structure shows some Belle Époque buildings near the border with the principality . There are numerous villas on the mountain slopes.

Population development

With 13,607 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017) Beausoleil is one of the 20 largest municipalities in the Alpes-Maritimes department. After the population rose to over 8,000 after the municipality was founded in 1904 by the beginning of the 1920s, further population growth was recorded thereafter.

year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2007 2017
Residents 12,833 14,144 12.208 11,664 12,326 12,775 14,078 13,607
Sources: Cassini and INSEE


See also: List of Monuments historiques in Beausoleil

Economy and Infrastructure

The main source of income for the inhabitants is tourism with numerous hotels, guest houses and holiday apartments with the associated restaurants. There are also 170 retail companies in the municipality.

The D 6007 trunk road leads from Nice to Menton through the town of Beausoleil . Immediately to the north there is a connection to the A 8 autoroute from Aix-en-Provence to Italy . The nearby train station in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin is on the Marseille – Ventimiglia railway line .

Town twinning

A partnership with the northern Italian city of Alba has existed since 1995 .



  • Le Patrimoine des Communes des Alpes-Maritimes . Flohic Editions, Volume 1, Paris 2000, ISBN 2-84234-071-X , pp. 131-139.

supporting documents

  2. Beausoleil on
  3. Beausoleil on
  4. Entry no. PA00080665 in the Base Mérimée of the French Ministry of Culture (French)
  5. Entry no. PA00080928 in the Base Mérimée of the French Ministry of Culture (French)
  6. Le sanctuaire Saint-Joseph. In: Retrieved December 10, 2016 (French).
  7. Retail outlets on (French)

Web links

Commons : Beausoleil  - Collection of Images