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A day in Tende
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Tende: An air of Italy deep in the Valley of Wonders

It’s time to switch off! Let go in the peace and quiet in the great outdoors. This age-old village is the place to unwind. It’s like time has stood still. The time has come to experience the absolutely breath-taking and unmissable Mercantour Park and Valley of Wonders. Explore La Brigue on a day trip walking or cycling.

People flock to Tende to get their fill of culture and nature! You can’t come here without visiting Tende Collegiate Church and doing the Giassanasque trail!

5 great reasons to visit Tende

Play hide-and-seek in Tende’s winding lanes

Hilltop picnic with views of the mountainside town

360 degree views of the scenery from Saint-Sauveur and the Via Ferrata

Explore the peaceful great outdoors on foot or by bike

Learn about humanity in its infancy at the Museum of Wonders

Visit central Tende

Monuments bursting with colour

Look above the doors as you walk. Look out for symbols carved into the green Tende stone as you follow in the footsteps of travellers and traders on the Royal Road. The colourful and highly decorative collegiate church will take your breath away. A monument of epic proportions.
Venture up to the Château Lascaris ruins, a real breath of fresh air. Its location gives you a sense of how powerful the Lascaris Counts were with their connections to the imperial family in Constantinople. The clifftop Saint-Sauveur Chapel in the distance teeters on its rock: it sets the scene for landscapes from the best artist sketches given its striking contrast.

BAROQUE CHAPELS

Religion oozes from their walls with stories and mysterious legends. Delicate murals are here to stay and tell a forgotten tale that shakes up what we know and shares bygone beliefs.

Tips

for a great trip:

  • Download the map below so you don’t miss a thing in the village!
  • If you’re driving, park on the square in front of the station. Some of the village is pedestrianised.
  • If you love history then join the guide on a tour of Tende on Monday and Tuesday afternoons.
  • Pretty Place du Ponté makes for a welcome break in the shade with the family. There’s a play and picnic area near the former pool.
  • Visit the Wednesday morning market (Place du Général de Gaulle) to meet our producers and soak up the local flavours.

Tips

for visiting the Museum of Wonders:

  • The Museum of Wonders is open Wednesday to Monday, 10am-6pm (5pm out of season).
  • The museum is suitable for deaf or hearing impaired visitors.
  • Visiting during the week? If you’re looking for something fun and educational to do, sign up to the workshops and conferences at the Museum of Wonders and Mercantour Park!
  • It’s free to visit the museum.

Tips

to hike with peace of mind:

  • Get off on the right foot: pack water, a hat, good shoes and a snack then you’re good to go!
  • Binoculars and a compass always come in handy.
  • Pick up an IGN map so you can ramble with peace of mind.
  • Please note: some mountain areas don’t have good network coverage.
  • Be careful in spring as the paths may be blocked by tree branches or trunks that have fallen in the snow.

Tips

for your bike rides:

  • Bring your own bike on the train or hire one at Stella Alpina.
  • Keep your repair kit to hand as it can be hard to find what you need to fix a tyre!
  • Do you have an electric bike? Recharging is possible in Tende in the same way as for electric cars.
For an amazing day out...

Our top tips

Come to visit us

  • Take the train from Nice, it’s the best way to soak up the unique views from the Train of Wonders. Board at Nice-Ville station, stop at Tende (approx. 2.5 hr).
  • If you decide to drive from Menton, you can go through Sospel via the Col de Brouis to reach Breil-sur-Roya and then on to Tende. Further information about: Access to the Roya Valley
  • Take the A8 and D6204 from Nice (around 1 hr 50 drive).

Good to know, good to eat

  • Before you go: make sure you have enough cash as there are no cash machines in Tende.
  • Check opening times before you head out.
  • Fancy a picnic packed with local flavours? Head to the market to peruse our producers’ stalls or visit the butcher/cheesemonger and deli on Avenue du 16 Septembre… say hi from us 😉
  • You can drink the water from all the village fountains, unless otherwise indicated.
  • Celebrate the traditional Saint-Eloi and Saint-Roch festivals with the locals and experience village life!
  • Get expert advice from Carole, Gabriella and Sonia at Tourist Information : tende-tourisme@menton-riviera-merveilles.fr or +33 4 83 93 98 82.
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