Gateway to the Maritime Alps
The Vésubie Valley (6 pictures)
Vésubie is a steep valley, traversed by a stream in a hurry to get to the Var, leaving behind the higher peaks of the Maritime Alps and, in its race, digging dizzying gorges to the south. Upstream from the medieval village of Saint-Martin-Vésubie, the river divides: those who leave in search of sources of the Vésubie will find the Shrine of our Lady of the Window [Le Sanctuaire de la Madone de Fenestre /Santuario di Madonna di Finestra], who follows the Boréon stream goes straight into the “Alpha” wildlife center and the discovery of the wolf. Consecrated on green tourism and excursions throughout the year, the Vésubie is one of the first southern Alpine valleys to be discovered by tourists from the Côte d’Azur. Climbers, naturalists, hunters and lover of good, simple and beautiful landscapes came to the “Switzerland of Nice” in the nineteenth century: some to scale the last of the unclimbed peaks, some to study botanical and geological peculiarities and wildlife, some to hunt meat and trophies, and finally, those who want to immerse themselves in a beautiful alpine setting 50km from the sea.