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Monastery in Vallée de la Roya

Monastère de Saorge

Situated 9km north of Breil-sur-Roya, the dramatic Gorges de Saorge lead to the fortified village of Saorge (elevation 520m). Perched on sheer cliffs, the village is a maze of tangled streets, with lots of 15th- to …
Church in Vallée de la Roya

Sanctuaire Notre Dame des Fontaines

Dubbed the Sistine Chapel of the Southern Alps, this church is famous for its wall-to-wall 15th-century frescoes, created by Piedmontese painters Jean Canavesio and Jean Baleison. It's 4km east of La Brigue.
Museum in Vallée de la Roya

Musée des Merveilles

In Tende, this museum provides useful context if you're visiting the prehistoric carvings of the Vallée des Merveilles. Inside the striking modern building, exhibits explore the culture of the prehistoric people who…
Lake in Vallée de la Roya

Lac des Mesches

From St-Dalmas-de-Tende, the D91 winds 10km west to this alpine lake (1390m), where trails lead into the valley (plan on eight hours' hiking, round-trip). Alternatively, you can cheat and catch a ride with 4x4 Merve…
Museum in Vallée de la Roya

Maison du Miel et de l’Abeille

This little museum celebrates the craft of local honey-makers. Needless to say, there are plenty of opportunities to taste the goods – this is France, after all.