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Between Heaven and Earth

Perched on a mountainside at an altitude of 800 metres, within the Roya Valley, the village of Tende flourishes. Located on the Upper Salt Road and the Royal Road from Nice, it represents the last French stop-off before reaching the Italian Piedmont. Above it, the Col de Tende peaks at 1,871 metres. In this spectacular setting, Tende also forms a natural border between Mercantour National Park and the Vallée des Merveilles (The Valley of Wonders). Some prestigious names for a destination that entirely measures up, as if suspended between heaven and earth.


As the Roya Valley’s final destination, Tende is a stop off steeped in tradition, and close to the border between France and Italy. Before going for a walk in the countryside, visit the Musée des Merveilles and learn more about the rock engravings in the Vallée des Merveilles (The Valley of Wonders)! This interactive museum is well worth a visit!


5 great reasons to visit Tende

An exceptional natural setting

The village is shaped like an amphitheatre, overlooking the Roya Valley

Located at the entrance to Mercantour and the Vallée des Merveilles (The Valley of Wonders)

Historical fortresses in the Col de Tende

Nature activities around Tende

Roya Valley Access

As you probably know, Storm Alex hit our area hard on 2nd October in 2020. Please note that access to some Roya Valley towns and villages has been seriously affected. To ensure you have a great time, whether at mid or high altitude, we strongly recommend contacting the Tende Tourist Information service prior to your visit: +33 4 83 93 98 82 or tende-tourisme@menton-riviera-merveilles.fr.
Some useful links about footpath access:

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Must-see Attractions

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Tende’s green marble has played a significant role in the history of Roya architecture. It is notably visible on the Collégiale Church in Tende, and provided the tiles for the rooftops.

Scenic Walks

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Several walks around the village offer panoramic views of the region. Follow the ‘Sentier de l’aigle’ (the Eagle Trail): Shaded by tall trees, you reach the observation platform which is crowned with a statue of an eagle. Follow the sunny path leading down and enjoy fresh fragrances of lavender and thyme.

For those who like more of a challenge, you can also walk up to Saint-Sauveur Chapel. The ascent is well worth it, and offers a bird’s eye view, some 300 metres above the village.

Col de Tende:

Nature, Sport and History

Passing through the tunnel and heading up the Italian side, you reach the Col de Tende, where you will find military buildings constructed by Napoleon III. These fortresses, scattered along the crest of the mountains, offer a breath-taking view of the valley and, on a dry day, the sea. A walk around the fortifications, (which takes around 3 hours) allows you to explore the entire site.

Sports & Leisure Activities

around Tende

When it comes to hiking and outdoor activities, the Tende region is not short of things to do. It is an ideal place to enjoy a wide range of leisure activities:

  • During the winter, in the Castérino Nordic ski area, enjoy cross-country skiing, backcountry skiing, snow shoe hiking, dog sleigh riding and more. Twenty kilometres to the north, the Limone-col de Tende ski resort offers downhill skiing.
  • For climbers, there is a Via Ferrata near to Saint-Sauveur Chapel, offering 2 particularly spectacular routes.
  • And of course, superb hikes await you throughout Mercantour National Park, the Vallée des Merveilles (The Valley of Wonders) and Fontanalba.


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