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This is a preview of the full content of our Provence’s Best app.

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Nice Beyond (L'Arrière Pays Niçois)

The Arrière Pays Niçois, literally Nice Beyond or simply "The Beyond", refers to the hinterland or "backcountry" of Nice and is historically more or less synonymous with the County of Nice - see my Nice's Best app. The region nestles beside the Italian border and is a vast territory containing spectacular perched villages, high mountains, beautiful valleys and even a small population of wolves!

A large portion of all this is protected by the Mercantour National Park, with its 600km of footpaths, 2000 species of plants and 58 species of mammals.

Yet two of the most beautiful sections of the Park lie only an hour's drive from Nice: the stunning Vallée-de-la-Vésubie and its scenic rival the Vallée-de-la-Roya to the east. Between the two valleys is the Authion Massif over which the Monte Carlo Rally wends its way and further east, towards the Italian border, is the fascinating Vallée-des-Merveilles with its 'high level' evidence of prehistoric habitation.

Itineraries in this App:

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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


Perched Village over the Vésubie Gorge


Monument to the Dead

Mercantour National Park

Parc National du Mercantour

Route de Sel

The Ancient Salt Road


Ancient village in a natural amphitheatre


The old capital of Ventimiglia County


Typically Alpine

Musée des Merveilles

A Marvellous Valley


Text © Paul Shawcross

Image by Paul Shawcross