Tende Travel Guide

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Tende Things to Do

  • Collegiale Notre Dame de l'Assomption

    Built on the ruins of a Roman church gutted by fire, in the late 1300's by another of the Lascaris family, although the belfry didn't get finished until 1462, and the massive door finished a century later, the church was consecrated in 1518. A starry blue sky decorates the entiere central vault whilst the medaillons behind the main altar represent...

  • Inside the medieval town, 06430 Tende

    The old part of Tende is easier to begin the walk at the rue de France just by the Hotel du Centre. This is the main street of old Tende and one of the longest. It will take you up past fountains and views over the valley until it becomes rue Cotta at a small square that was the medieval market place, this in turn leads to the Collegiale church of...

  • Valley of Marvels hike Part II, 06430...

    After about 30 mins walkng and climbing you'll come to a post that shows the GR 52 as the main trail. This you are allowed to be on without a guide and eventually will lead you past the Lac des Merveilles and on to the next refuge hut at Valmasque. On either side of the stream running down the mountainside are other rock engravings that you cannot...

  • Valley of Marvels hike. 06430 Tende.

    This hike could start down at the Lac de Mesches (1400 metres alt) but gives you an extra 3/4 hour walk up the 700 metre change in altitude. We took a 4X4 tour up from the lake along a military road (euphemism for rocky trail). There is a parking place just at the Park boundary where you must leave vehicles (personal 4X4's). I mention 4X4's as no...

  • Fort Central, col de Tende.

    During their time here the Italians have built a multitude of defensive forts and barracks along the crests of the mountains. Fort Central is the largest and still in a good state although it is not possible to visit the inside. From the village of Vievola it is possible to climb the pass using the old salt route, much used by smugglers too.....But...

  • Hike in Mercantour Nat. Park Valley of...

    This is one of the only hikes that you can do into the park within a reasonable distance from your car. Normally up to the Valley of Fontanalba with the visit of the engravings is 6h30 return trip, but don't forget these timings are given by mountain walkers that are used to it. If you try it start early in the morning. There is some 300 metres of...


Tende Restaurants

  • Not so run of the mill....

    Ate here twice, once a pizza, second time some spaghetti bolognaise, but the major thing here is not the food but the happy feeling you get with the staff. The food shows the Italian ifluence in the area, although there are steaks on the menu. Food is well served good proportions.Came to 25€ each time inc wine for two.

  • Family cooked food!!!

    This is good honest family cooking, nothing eccentric, just a good (almost Irish) stew with mash. On a very fresh alpine evening it went down very well and warmed us up a treat. The daughter of the house's smile helped us enjoy a very decent meal on our wedding anniversary.With wine and coffee, we paid less than 45€ for two.Just to add the resto...

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Tende Transportation

  • 4X4 company for trips.

    Getting into the Mercantour park without a vehicle is hopeless if you want to visit the two valleys where the rock engavings are. Always possible on foot but you still need to start somewhere that's not going to be a 6 hour slog before you get there. After enquiring at the TO we were given a list of nominated companies that are allowed to use 4X4...

  • SOS trains to Breil \ Tende!!!

    I am afraid we may have seen the last of those wonderful 'Trains des Merveilles'.I suspected something goes wrong when they gave me an amateur-looking sheet of paper with the timetable at the Tourist Office in Nice, as the usual little booklet was not available at the station.But when I got to Vintimiglia (it is on the Italian end of this railway),...

  • Train des Merveilles

    A half-dozen trains a day connect Tende with Nice, Breil and other villages to the south as well Vintemiglia on the Italian coast and Cuneo and Torino to the north


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