The Roya Valley

Valleys and villages


Roya Valley: natural resources and cultural heritage

Straddling France and Italy, the Roya Valley owes its name to the Roya, a river that rises at the Col de Tende (1,889 meters above sea level).

In summer and winter, it is a pleasure to travel through this valley and discover its exceptional natural, wild habitats and authentic villages. The Roya Valley has one of the richest and most diverse cultural and natural heritages.

Known for its mountain hiking trails, the Roya Valley offers many outdoor sports activities such as canoeing, rafting, kayaking, and canoe-rafting.

The Roya Valley: the Valley of Merveilles

The Roya Valley transports you through an environment of unique landscapes and is ideal for recharging your batteries.

There are several exceptional places to visit such as the Mercantour National Park, Valley of Merveilles (Vallée des Merveilles); rock engravings, Valley of Fontanalba; greenfields and lakes, the Casterino village and its Nordic Center, the Valley of Valmasque and its stunning lakes.

The authentic villages of the Roya Valley

In addition to natural spaces, the Roya Valley is known for its authentic villages marked by Franco-Italian history:

  • Breil-sur-Roya is located at the entrance of the Mercantour National Park. Halfway between the sea and the mountains, Breil-sur-Roya stretches along the Roya and its artificial lake.
  • Saorge is a village built directly on the rocks, a hilltop village overlooking the valley. Ranked among the most beautiful villages in France, Saorge is a medieval village that can only be explored on foot.
  • Fontan was founded in 1616 and consists of two small hamlets: Upper Berghe (Berghe supérieur), and Lower Berghe (Berghe inférieur).
  • La Brigue (and Morignole) is in the heart of the Levenza Valley. This medieval village is surrounded by mountains and exceptional landscapes.
  • Tende is situated at an altitude of 823 meters. The village is built in an amphitheater on the hillside. Located in the Mercantour National Park, Tende is made up of several hamlets: Granile, Vievola, Saint-Dalmas de Tende, and Casterino.