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Themed routes

Choose your kind of journey!

It’s not the destination, it’s the journey, as the saying goes. The journey is the road in Menton, Riviera & Merveilles. No matter the destination. The History Route to travel back in time, the mountain route to soak up stunning Alpine scenery. Choose your kind of journey!

The Prehistory Route

In search of Prehistoric people

Want to meet the first people to live in the Menton, Riviera & Merveilles area in Prehistory? The area is jam-packed with relics: pottery, cave art in the great outdoors, fossils, tombs etc. Prehistoric people have left their mark all over our land. Can’t decide between a trip to the Grimaldi Caves and exploring the Valley of Wonders or the Prehistory Museum and the Museum of Wonders? Follow your heart on the Prehistory route!

The baroque route

on the road to emotion…

Optical illusion, perspective, plays on light and shade, drama… Baroque style is all about emotion. Hit the Menton, Riviera & Merveilles area’s baroque paths! Experience your very own sensory adventure! From the coast to the mountain valleys, church to chapel, monastery to cathedral, explore the Baroque Route!

Via Julia Augusta,

along the Roman roads…

The Via Julia Augusta was founded by Emperor Augustus in 15BC and takes you on a trip back in time to Ancient Rome. It’s peppered with Roman ruins between La Turbie and Ventimiglia. The road starts with the Trophy of Augustus, a majestic monument built in honour of the pacifying emperor, then comes the ascent to Mont des Mules, a former Celt-Ligurian oppidum and stunning Mediterranean vista. The route ends at the Lumone Tomb in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, all that’s left of the Roman stopping place of Lumone. Menton’s Prehistory Museum is home to some Roman exhibitions and rounds the outing off nicely. Give your break in the Riviera a bit of Roman flavour!

The High Salt Road

There’s a reason why it’s called “high”!

The dizzying ridge line spans 80km and winds along at an altitude of over 2000m! The High Salt Road on both sides of the ridge line brings you a unique view of the coast on one side and Mont Bégo on the other. The road used to connect France and Italy but is now heaven for thrill-seekers and outdoor sports fans. The sprawling landscapes are a playground for quads, motorbikes and 4x4s. Hikers and cyclists haven’t been forgotten with specific days just for them.

The Route des Grandes Alpes

The most beautiful mountain road in the world!

The Route des Grandes Alpes is one road you won’t forget! From Menton, the route’s start point, to Col de Turini, the section through the Menton, Riviera & Merveilles area is bursting with incredibly beautiful scenery ranging from Mediterranean landscapes to breath-taking mountains. Families can explore at their own pace whilst cycling or motorbike fans can go wild on the mountains’ hairpin turns. The route has something for everyone. Fancy a bit of unspoilt nature? Head to the the Authion mountain range or Mercantour National Park. Feeling peckish? Stop in the mountain villages. If you’re travelling with kids then take a break at Camp d’Argent, an amazing year-round adventure playground!

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