© Gregory Flusin
Malzéville

Malzéville

Pretty houses with their typical wine cellar trap doors are a reminder of Malzéville’s wine-growing past. Within the town, a few gems are worth hunting out: the late-19th-century La Douëra (Arabic for small house) is a little palace straight out of One Thousand and One Nights (tours available by appointment). The grounds of La Cure d’Air, a fashionable brasserie from 1902 (now a listed historic monument), offer fabulous views over Nancy and the Meurthe valley. Another green space worth visiting is Abiétinée Park, a 1.5-hectare Nancy School arboretum. Also not to be missed are the Renaissance bridge, and Saint-Martin’s church with its notable wall paintings.

Every year, in early April, the ewes from Pixerécourt farm (another place worth a visit!) are moved to their summer grazing grounds on the Mazéville plateau (a Natura 2000 site). Everyone is welcome to follow the shepherd and his dogs for a pleasant 4km walk!

Natura 2000 is a network of European terrestrial and marine sites identified due to the rarity or the fragility of the species of animals or plants that live there, and of their habitats. It takes into account both nature preservation and economic considerations. There are 1,753 sites in France.