The charm of contrast

Tinée

Tinée in numbers: 70, 3031, 180. From the top of the Bonette to its confluence with the Var, the stream of the Tinée is 70 km long, but between its highest and lowest points are 3000 meters of difference! For this reason, the Tinée is a valley of stark contrasts and rapid landscape alterations, both Mediterranean and Alpine. A crossroad of cultures and climates, nestled between Provence and Piedmont Tinée, has remained throughout the centuries, a land of encounters and exchanges, despite the difficulty of communication between its mountain passes, covered with snow for six months out of the year. A land of mountain dwellers, its medieval villages and its high pastures tell the ancient story of the relationship between man and mountains. Climbing the Tinée is to pass through a short space from the Mediterranean to the Alps, from the olive groves of the lower valley to the ski slopes of Isola, one type of rock to another, from one method of building houses and settlements to another completely different way…


Isola

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Sights

The architectural and religious heritage, especially the Romanesque twelfth century bell tower three story mill for cereals and bread oven, all witnesses of a life long ago and still preserved in the original ancestral chestnut; Louch waterfall trail, which offers unparalleled views over the village of Isola, the surrounding peaks and Louch waterfall.

Sports

In addition to the patron festival attracting audiences from the Foulée d'Isola (a race between the island and the ski resort), the Louch race, and the long-board race in Isola 2000. There are many possible hikes: waterfalls of Louch and the Fontaines, Mercantour National Park. The Italian shrine of Sant'Anna di Vinadio, the highest in Europe, is also so close that it merits a visit.

Information

contact: Town Hall +33 (0)4 93 23 23 23 - fax +33 (0)4 93 02 18 06
email: mairie1.isola@orange.fr
website: www.mairieisola.com


Rimplas

» Altitude: 1020m. / People: 113

Sights

The Fort of Frassinéa, which was established at a critical foothold of the Maginot Line of the Southern Alps and dominating the valleys of Valdeblore and Tinée, paved streets and the "andrônes" – streets made into stairs which are then covered with houses – the church of Saint-Honorat, which has an altarpiece by the Brea School and the oldest bell tower in the Maritime Alps, just as Rimplas is the oldest town in the valley.

Sports

The signs will lead you along beautiful walking circuits, particularly on the GR5 trail, which leads into the heart of the Mercantour National Park; in winter, you can go skiing at the neighbouring La Colmiane restort.

Information

contact: Town Hall +33 (0)4 93 02 80 93 - fax +33 (0)4 93 02 89 19
email: mairie@ville-rimplas.fr
website: www.ville-rimplas.fr


Roubion

» Altitude: 1300m. / People: 114

Sights

The old houses of typical mountain architecture, the eighteenth century fountain of Mouton, the remains of the twelfth and fourteenth century fortified city walls, gates and the listed feudal castle and the early fifteenth century chapel of Saint-Sébastien, which houses naïf murals, dating back to 1413, of the life of a saint.

Sports

Many hikes lead to the Longon plateau, Mount Mounier and the pastures of the Couillole hill, providing the opportunity to observe the bearded vulture in flight. In winter, Buisses offers alpine and Nordic skiing in a family environment, while the summer activities at the Town Hall feature mountain-biking, a railway, climbing, canyoning and hiking heritage trails.

Information

contact: Bureau du Tourisme +33 (0)4 93 02 10 30 / 09 39 & 06 08 99 12 43 - fax +33 (0)4 93 02 01 66
email: tourisme@roubion.com
website: www.roubion.com


Roure

» Altitude: 1100m. / People: 210

Sights

The listed Chapel of Saint-Sébastien-et-Saint-Bernard, decorated with frescoes by Andrea de Cella (1510), the church of Saint-Laurent in the Romanesuqe-Gothic style, which houses a retablo dated 1560 attributed to Francesco Brea, the Museum of Wood and the arboretum Marcel Kroenlein, all of which covers six acres between 1280 and 1600 m in altitude, a collection of confers, the barbe di Giove, junipers an rosebushes, the Longon pasture where four hundred mother sheep and their lambs spend the summer and where Taurine cows are again allowed to produce toma di Roure.

Sports

For hikers, a summer retreat offers accommodation and meals on the Longon plateau.

Information

contact: Town Hall+33 (0)4 93 02 00 70 - fax +33 (0)4 93 02 00 72
email: mairie.roure@wanadoo.fr
website: www.roure.fr


Saint-Dalmas-le-Selvage

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Sights

The high houses with shingled roofs, typically alpine, the Bousieyas township, the highest of the Maritime alps (1883m), the twelfth century listed Church of Saint-Dalmas, with the Lombard Romanesque bell tower, the chapel of Sainte-Marguerite, also listed, and many sundials along houses’ facades.

Sports

With the GR 5 trail and sites like the Gialorgues circus, the Sestrière plateau or the glacial valley of Salse Moreno, hiking is the ultimate. Winter enthusiasts can enjoy nordic hiking and climbing frozen waterfalls.

Information

contact: Tourism Office +33 (0)4 93 02 46 40 - fax +33 (0)4 93 02 46 40
email: saint-dalmas@stationsdumercantour.com
website: www.saintdalmasleselvage.com


Saint-Etienne-de-Tinée

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Sights

The important religious heritage, in particular the sixteenth century church of Saint-Etienne, which is listed as a historical monument, has a mix of architectural styles, the chapel of Saint-Sébastien, with frescoes by Giovanni Canavesio and Giovanni Baleison, from the end of the fifteenth century, and the convent of the Trinitari, both of which are listed.

Sports

Besides the visit of the two interpretation circuits of the Mercantour National Park, hiking trails lead to the “3000” and the Rabuons and Vens lasts, on the watershed boundary. During summer, as in winter, the Auron ski resort offers excellent facilities. Also note the Bonette pedestrian courses and the peaks which, during the summer, attract many participants.

Information

contact: Tourism Office +33 (0)4 93 02 41 96 - fax +33 (0)4 93 02 48 50
email: contact@auron.com
website: www.saintetiennedetinee.fr


Saint-Sauveur-sur-Tinée

» Altitude: 500m. / People: 346

Sights

Winding streets where old houses are tall, some of which still have roofs of slate, beautiful door lintels decorating the facades, fifteenth century baroque church, with a listed bell tower that is characterized by four wolf heads from the Romanesque period, the bread oven and mill, all evidence of daily life at once time.

Sports

Beautiful excursions to Mount Saint-Sauveur (2711 m), towards the village of Mollières or down along the Tinée, towards the village of Abeliera. A stopping place in town allows hikers to stay on the GR 5 and GR 52a trails that come from the Longon plateau and climb towards Rimplas.

Information

contact: Town Hall +33 (0)4 93 02 00 22 - fax +33 (0)4 93 02 05 20
email: mairie.st-sauveur-sur-tinee@wanadoo.fr
website: www.saintsauveursurtinee.fr


Valdeblore

» Altitude: 1290m. / People: 802

Sights

The religious buildings, especially the listed Church of Sainte-Croix, of a Lombard, Romanesque style, built by Benedictine monks at the beginning of the Middle Ages, the Chapel of the Pénitents Blancs and the listed Romanesque Church of Saint-Jacques-le-Mineur; the surrounding paths to discover the history and heritage of Valdeblore.

Sports

winter skiing is the lion’s share, especially in La Colmiane
summer walks are particularly enjoyable, the massive Millefonts of the deep forest of the Cayre Gros, which can be glossed over in by paragliding.

Information

contact: Tourism Office +33 (0)4 93 23 25 90 - fax +33 (0)4 93 23 25 91
email: otcolmiane@wanadoo.fr
website: www.ville-valdeblore.fr


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