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Merveilles Valley - Roya - Bevera

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The Merveilles valley, Roya river
The Vallée des Merveilles and surrounding area(Valley of La Roya-Bévéra) is famous in France and Europe for its high mountain hiking. More recently it has also become a place to enjoy many other outdoor pursuits: canyoning (7 valleys with facilities for jumps, slides and abseiling), rafting, kayak and canoe-rafting in the waters of La Roya, not forgetting cross-country skiing (Italian resort of Limone), potholing (caves in the Marguareis massif), climbing (including the famous “Via Ferrata”), mountain biking (more than 600 kilometres of waymarked trails), and even paragliding and ultra-lights.

The Merveilles valley, Sospel
If you like discovering cultural heritage, you'll love the perched village footpath between Tende and the Menton coastline, passing through the medieval villages of Tende, Saorge and Sospel. By car, you'll have to take the “Route du baroque nisso-ligure”.

Music-lovers will no doubt be intrigued by the valley's seven organs, restored and listed as Historical Monuments, created by the greatest Toscan and Lombard master craftsmen.

The Merveilles valley, Fontan
History fiends will undoubtedly want to visit one of the forts that made up the old Maginot Line in the Alps, dating from the thirties, such as Fort St Roch at Sospel.

We must not forget the old Italian Forts at the Tende pass, dating back to the time of Napoléon III … or the Circuit of Authion, where deadly fighting took place in 1794 and 1945.


There are plenty to visit, such as the museum of miniature trains and Orient Express coaches at Sospel, the Eco-museum of transport and technology at Fontan, devoted to life in the old days, or the Museum of Bee-keeping arts and traditions (Château de la Causéga) and above all the recent Musée des Merveilles, dedicated to the rock carvings 4,000 years old to be found in the Vallée des Merveilles.

Villages in the Merveilles valley
Breil sur Roya
La Brigue

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