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Nice Beyond: Driving the Roya

Amazing mountains, fast flowing rivers and a valley of marvels

Roya Map

The Niçois, or inhabitants of Nice, often refer to the impressive, beautiful mountainous territory above the City somewhat mysteriously as the ‘Beyond’ but it is officially known, more prosaically, as the ‘Pays Arrière Niçois’ or Nice’s Back Country. Part of the old County of Nice, nowadays much of it is contained within the Mercantour National Park.

There are high mountains such as the Cime de Gélas (3143m) and Mont Bégo (2872m), picturesque mountain villages such as La Bollène Vésubie, Sospel and Saorge and, if that’s not enough, wild wolves roam the upper reaches of this wilderness. There are two main itineraries and this one tends to cover the Eastern side of the Mercantour and the Vallée-de-la-Roya.

Before you begin: Get a copy of the Michelin Departmental Map 341. This drive involves negotiating some challenging roads but Nice Beyond can be reached in over an hour from the city. Part of the itinerary can easily be accomplished in one day but an overnight stay (or two!) would allow you to explore much more. It is also possible to travel by train from Nice to Tende, on the Train des Merveilles.

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Menton & Around

Authion Massif

A Battlefield and the Route for a Famous Rally


A mix of Medieval, Renaissance & Baroque

Col de Turini

The Turini Pass into Italy

La Brigue

The centre of Primitive Artworks


Perched Village over the Vésubie Gorge

Madone d’Utelle

Spanish sailors' sanctuary


Monument to the Dead

Route de Sel

The Ancient Salt Road


Ancient village in a natural amphitheatre


The old capital of Ventimiglia County


Text © Paul Shawcross

Images by Christian Williams, Paul Shawcross