Gateway to the Maritime Alps

Vésubie

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.


Belvédère

» Altitude: 838m. / People: 685

Sights

The baroque church of Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul (XVII century), the tall houses, typical Alpine Piedmont homes, breeding of Merens horses and the Museum of Milk, which explains history and current practices of the breeding of cattle and sheep

Sports

Excursions in the Mercantour National Park, starting from the Gordolasque Valley and going along the steep cliffs that then culminate into the high peaks (including Gelas, 3143m, the highest of the Maritime Alps), lakes and waterfalls. Some routes lead to the Valley of Wonders. In winter, skis allow you to immerse yourself in unspoiled nature.

Information

contact: Town Hall +33 (0)4 93 03 41 23 - fax +33 (0)4 93 03 55 04
email: mairie.de.belvedere@wanadoo.fr / syndicatdinitiative@mairie-belvedere.fr
site internet: www.mairie-belvedere.fr


La Bollène-Vésubie

» Altitude: 700m. / People: 574

Sights

The beautiful baroque church of Saint-Laurent (eighteenth century), where two altarpiece panels by the Brea School, the Butterfly Museum, the Chapel of Saint-Honorat (seventeenth century) and the nineteenth century fountain

Sports

The Turini forest allowed for walks during which, in autumn, you can collect mushrooms, according to amounts stipulated by the Town Hall. The excursions in the Mercantour National Park, in particular the Authion plateau – the scene of heavy battles during World War II – offer magnificent views, from the Mercantour to the Mediterranean.

Information

contact: Tourism Office +33 (0)4.93.03.60.54. - fax +33 (0)4 93 03 60 59
email: ot-labollene@orange.fr
site internet: www.labollenevesubie.fr


Saint-Martin Vésubie

» Altitude: 975m. / People: 1327

Sights

The rich religious heritage of the town, in particular the Church of Notre Dame de l'Assomption, constructed in the twelfth century, where four altarpieces in the baroque style by the school of Luigi Brea are conserved, the seventeenth century baroque chapel of the Pénitents blancs and the fifteenth century chapel of the Pénitents noirs, the old country, the Madone de Fenestre, a sanctuary located 1904 m above sea level, the Vaccheria of Boréon and the museum of the vesubian tradition, in which 400 m² of exhibitions on all aspects of of Vésubie heritage.

Sports

summer hiking in the Boréon valleys and the Madone de Fenestre pilgrimage in June, in addition to fishing in lakes and streams
winter alpine skiing in La Colmiane, cross-country skiing and ski mountaineering in Boréon reveal the magic of the Mercantour.

Information

contact: Tourism Office +33 (0)4 93 03 21 28 - fax +33 (0)4 93 03 21 44
email: tourisme@saintmartinvesubie.fr
website: www.saintmartinvesubie.fr


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