For fans of the iron horse, this scenic rail ride is a trip not to be missed. It runs north from Nice right through the Vallée de la Roya, passing hilltop villages, dramatic canyons and mountain vistas en route. You even get a commentary (in French) courtesy of the conductor.

From June to September, the train leaves Nice every day at 9.23am, arriving in Tende at 11.24am. It only runs on weekends in May and October. Bookings can be made online or in Nice's main station. The train makes stops in Sospel, Breil-sur-Roya, St-Dalmas-de-Tende and Tende.