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Ecotourism Festival

in Castérino
June 15-16, 2024 at Castérino: An Ecotourism Experience to discover, learn and celebrate

In the green paradise of Castérino, this first edition of the festival promises a memorable experience. Breathe in the pure mountain air and marvel at the diversity of activities on offer here. Join us in celebrating a greener, more conscious future, and leave with unforgettable memories. Ready for adventure? Get ready for an exceptional weekend!

Admission is free, but remember to reserve your place!

🤝 This festival is organized by the Office de Tourisme Menton, Riviera & Merveilles, in partnership with the Mad Jacques.


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Stands, Workshops, Conferences, Activities


Program overview


  • Yoga: 12-13h, 19h-20h
  • Introduction to Nordic walking: 1pm-2pm, 4pm-5pm
  • Intuitive dance: 1pm-2pm
  • Herbal tea making: 14h-15h
  • Nature walks: 14h-15h30, 17h-18h30
  • Basketry: 18h-19h
  • Treasure hunt: 14h-15h


  • Nature walks: 10am-11am
  • Nordic walking initiation: 1pm-2pm
  • Basketry Olympics: 11am-12pm
  • Breathing workshop: 2pm-3pm
  • Nature walk: 14h-16h
  • Bracelets, rock carvings, wooden games and more: 12pm-8:30pm

And much more! Are you ready for the DJ set on Saturday evening?


Discover the world of local artistEric Glémot. His watercolor-timbers are born of travel and adventure. His art is a kaleidoscope of colors and emotions, giving life to portraits that tell stories. This exhibition offers visitors a contemplative stroll through nature on the festival site.

Accrobranche: Accro des Merveilles

Fill up on action and adrenalin with 11 aerial courses of increasing difficulty. A great activity for kids and adults alike, with 150 different challenges in the trees.
5 minutes from the festival – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To book, call 06 74 76 18 75, and benefit from a special festival price!

Horse or pony: Les randonneurs du Mercantour

Enjoy a one- or two-hour excursion on horseback in the Castérino valley. Ponies are also available for younger riders, for rides ranging from 1/4h to 1h.
In the heart of the Festival.

Reservations on 07 87 67 39 81, one ride every hour (10am, 11am, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm).

Take part in the Trek Roya Mad Jacques

Menton, Riviera & Merveilles has teamed up with the Mad Jacques, a trek-type sporting event offering a choice of 2 options:

  • 4-day walk: starting from Fontan-Saorge on June 12, with a bivouac in La Brigue. The route passes through Tende on June 13, reaching the Col de Tende on June 14, where it sleeps.
  • Short option: departure from Tende on the morning of June 14 (to be added half-way along the route).

The trek ends in Castérino at midday on June 15, and the experience continues with the Ecotourism Festival over the weekend!

Whatever the duration, each itinerary promises an unforgettable experience! Ready for the challenge?

Practical information

Free admission - come as you are!

Some activities are chargeable, but most of our festival is open to all, free of charge.

Timetable and program

  • Saturday, June 15: Noon to 2 a.m.
  • Sunday June 16: 10am to 5pm

Discover the detailed program of workshops, activities and the DJ set!

How do I get there?

The event will be accessible from Menton by public transport, using the usual Zest lines.

From Sospel or Nice:

  • with the Train des Merveilles: stop at Saint-Dalmas-de-Tende, then shuttle buses will be available from the station (at predefined times).
  • with your own vehicle: park along the road. Car-pooling is recommended where possible.

Sleeping in

  • A bivouac will be organized by the Mad Jacques for all trekking participants. You can bivouac with them.
  • Book hotels and inns in Castérino as soon as possible!
  • You’ll also find hotels and self-catering accommodation in the Roya Valley:


Join us

for an unforgettable ecotourism adventure!

This festival is organized with the support of the Communauté d’Agglomération de la Riviera Française, the Mercantour Ecotourisme association, the Parc National du Mercantour, the town of Tende and the ZEST French Riviera transport network.