Welcome to Vallée de la Tinée
This steep, V-shaped valley runs north for 149km all the way from the pretty little town of St-Sauveur-sur-Tinée (elevation 490m) to the Vallée de l'Ubaye. En route, it climbs up and over the Col de Restefond la Bonette, Europe's highest road pass – and invariably the last one to open after the spring thaw (usually in late May but sometimes as late as early June). It's a favourite for road-trippers and motorbikers, and occasionally features on the Tour de France. During winter, the valley can only be accessed from the south.