Col De Tende Haute Route Du SelPaysage vert au Col de Tende sur la Haute Route du Sel
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The High Salt Road

A fantastic tourism and sporting road

The High Salt Road winds along a dizzying ridge line at an altitude of 2000m between France and Italy. The road used to link Provence and Piedmont and is now all about feasting the senses…

A voyage

between nature and authenticity

At an altitude of 2260m, the highest point of the route takes us deep into the Margaureis Mountain. The lunar landscape sets the scene for show-stopping limestone rocks and a hike to the top of Pointe Marguareis at 2600m… You can make a loop out of the trail and link the hamlet of Castérino, Col de Tende, Margaureis Mountain, Ligurian Alps Nature Park, Monte Saccarello and Notre-Dame des Fontaines in La Brigue. Straddling France and Italy, the road winds through authentic villages packed with tradition, unforgettable history, cultural and culinary heritage before running through a vast, well-preserved natural setting with astonishing biodiversity.

Useful information

2021 opening times

  • Saturday June 19th-Sunday September 12th – opening times: 8am-8pm (6pm last entry)
  • Monday September 13th-Sunday October 17th – opening times: 8am-8pm (4pm last entry)
  • Tuesday and Thursday the road is closed to motor traffic.

How to get there

  • from the Italian coast, from Ventimiglia to Arma di Taggia, head to the village of Triora then the Sanson Pass via Realdo and take the Passo Tanarello to Stazione Ingresso Via Del Sale, 18025 Briga alta CN,
  • from Limone Piemonte, take Col de Tende and Stazione Ingresso Via Del Sale, 12015 Limone Piemonte CN, Italy
  • from La Brigue via the Sanson Pass, then Tanarel and Stazione Ingresso Via Del Sale, 18025 Briga alta CN
To reach the Roya Valley
  • Roya Valley Access

    Having been severely impacted by Storm Alex, the Roya Valley and its villages are now ready to welcome you this summer! Road and rail links have been developed to offer you the best possible experience.

    Roya Valley Access