Bévera, olive groves and Apline stars
The Roya-Bévéra Valleys (6 pictures)
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.