Bévera, olive groves and Apline stars

Roya

Among the olive groves of Breil and Sospel and the alpine stars of the Colle di Tenda there is a trickle of water 60 km long, stretched between the Mediterranean and the Alps: the Val Roya, mitenca ground between Italy and France, an ancient passageway for shepherds, merchants, pilgrims, soldiers and smugglers. Prehistoric sanctuary for the ancient shepherds, now a mecca of contemporary archaeologists, the Vallée des Merveilles/Valle delle Meraviglie and the Valle de Fontanalba/Valle di Fontanalba, with other 40,000 petroglyphs are one of the greatest Alpine incisions sites open to the skies. Upstream of Sospel opens the Bévéra Valley, land of woods and shepherds. Cyclists who enjoy asphalt covet the Colle di Turini, while hiking in the nearby Massiccio dell'Authion satisfies lovers of botany and…fortifications. A defensive bastion at 2000 m altitude, the Authion is a real military viewpoint, which 19th century structures were built and works of the Maginot Alpine line.


Breil-sur-Roya

» Altitude: 300m. / People: 2117

Sights

The large olive grove that surrounds the town, make it unique, the Mediterranean environment, the facades of the houses and trompe –l’oeil decorations, inherited from Ligurian architecture, the church of Santa Maria in Albis, testimony to late Baroque art from the end of the seventeenth century and the Porte de Gênes.

Sports

With one third of the territory included in the Mercantour National Park, Breil offers numerous excursions. The Roya, its tributaries and water surface, offer outstanding opportunities to play aquatic sports.

Information

contact: Tourism Office +33 (0)4 93 04 99 76 - fax +33 (0)4 93 04 99 81
email: tourismebreilsurroya@wanadoo.fr
site internet: www.breil-sur-roya.fr


Fontan

» Altitude: m. / People:

Sights

The church of Notre Dame de la Visitation (seventeenth century), a listed historical monument, with its baroque bell tower of glazed tiles, the chapel of Saint-Bernardin and the trompe l’oeil facades, influenced by Ligurian architecture.

Sports

Perched 800m above sea level, the townships of Bergue offer an exceptional view over the Roya Valley. Hiking trails lead to the discovery of magnificent forests and the Ceva plateau, dotted forms of karst erosion, particularly sinkholes are also included in the Mercantour National Park.

Information

contact: Town Hall +33 (0)4.93.04.50.01 - fax +33 (0)4.93.04.53.02
email: mairiedefontan@wanadoo.fr
site internet: www.fontan-tourisme.com


Moulinet

» Altitude: 800m. / People: 215

Sights

The Romanesque chapel of Notre Dame de la Menour, perched on a rock overlooking the gorges of Bevera and the roads of the Monte Carlo rally, classified and accessed through a grand staircase, the ice of Seuillet, one of the seven production sites and storage of ice within the territory of Moulinet of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the chariot, erected in the center of the ruins of the barracks of Cabanes-Vieilles and forts of Authion, situated on the homonymous massif, the chapel of Saint-Michel and the sixteenth century church of Saint-Bernard.

Sports

Contrasting excursions lead to the Longon plateau, Mount Mounier and to the pastures of Couillole hill; traveling through this area provides the opportunity to observe bearded vultures in flight, and because of this the Town Hall has instituted the reintroduction of prey. In winter, the Buisses ski resort offers the opportunity to downhill and cross country ski in a family environment, while for the summer the Town Hall has since diversified the summer activities to mountain-biking, a railway, climbing, canyoning and hiking heritage trails.

Information

contact: Town Hall +33 (0)4 93 04 80 07 - fax +33 (0)4 93 04 81 93
email: secretaire.moulinet@wanadoo.fr
website: moulinet.net


Saorge

» Altitude: 600m. / People: 431

Sights

The many listed religious buidlings, especially the Chapel of Pénitents, the Church of Saint Sauveur (fifteenth century), the Saroge Monaster, an ex-Franciscan seventeenth century convent, now transformed into a museum, the Romanesque style Chapel of Sainte Marie del Poggio, characterized by a high bell tower of six floors, constructed at the beginning of the siteentth century, two beautiful examples of Ligurian architecture.

Sports

In the country, you can choose between hiking, especially in the Caïros Vallery where “casouns", small houses with vaulted roofs, dot the fields, or aquatic sports on the Roya and canyoning on Bendola.

Information

contact: Town Hall +33 (0)4 93 04 51 23 - fax +33 (0)4 93 04 55 25
email: mairie.saorge@wanadoo.fr
website: www.saorge.fr


Sospel

» Altitude: 350m. / People: 3520

Sights

The thirteenth century Pont Vieux, which has served as a tolling place between Piedmont and the Mediterranean’s famous royal salt road between Nice and Turin, the Baroque Cathedral of Saint-Michel, which has retained an altarpiece by Francesco Brea, a member of a family of paintings from Nice in the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, the Place Saint-Nicolas, with its ancient houses and street paved with coloured pebbles, the Fort Saint-Roch, which was part of the Maginot Line in the Alps built in the 1930s.

Sports

Summer, besides walking in the Sospel basin, the Saint-Roch Fort, part of the Maginot Line, there are two museums and fortifications of Mount Barbonnet, which offer guided tours of the battle of the Alps in June 1940. Sun, aerological conditions and gradients create famous “spots” of free flight.

Information

contact: Tourism Office +33 (0)4 93 04 15 80 - fax +33 (0)4 93 04 19 96
email: sospel-tourisme@wanadoo.fr
website: www.sospel-tourisme.com


Tende

» Altitude: m. / People:

Sights

The Old Town with its narrow streets, very particular for a mountain, where some old houses date from the fifteenth century, the former collegiate sixteenth century Church of Notre Dame, the fourteenth century Romanesque Chapel of Saint-Sauveur, and the “borgata” or “gate” of the Mercantour National Park.

Sports

Apart from the Casterino reception, Tende becomes the starting position for excursions on ski trails in winter with three huts adorning the site of the Wonders.

Information

contact: Town Hall +33 (0)4 93 04 35 00 - fax +33 (0)4 93 04 35 09
email: maire.tende@fr.oleane.com
website: www.tende.fr


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