What to do in Tende ?

Set sail from Menton for a day full of discoveries in Tende, a pearl nestled in the heart of the Alpes-Maritimes. The Hotel Méditerranée in Menton is the ideal starting point for a day out in the Valley of Wonders. In this article, let us guide you through the natural and cultural treasures of this charming town, where every corner reveals a piece of history.


Good to know:

  • It's best to plan a full day's outing from Menton.
  • This trip is ideal for art and history lovers, as well as for sports enthusiasts (hiking, biking, etc.).
  • The itinerary is also suitable for families with children.
  • For guests of the Hôtel Méditerranée, the train station is a 10-minute walk away, making it easy to catch the Train des Merveilles.

Journey aboard the Train des Merveilles

Start your journey with one of the world's most beautiful train journeys: the Train des Merveilles. Departing from Menton, this journey takes you through the valleys and mountains of the Alpes-Maritimes, offering breathtaking panoramas. Enjoy the commentary of our tour guide and let yourself be carried away by the beauty of our beautiful valley.

Note, however, that work is scheduled to start in September 2024, temporarily interrupting service until further notice

  • Information: Commentary by a tour guide every day from June 1 to September 1, and on weekends from March 30 to May 26 (+ Monday April 1; Wednesday May 8, Thursday May 9 and Friday May 10; Monday May 20), departing from Nice at 9.15 am.

Views from the Train des Merveilles
Views from the Train des Merveilles - Credits Summer Hotels

Discovering Tende: Between tradition and nature

Once you've arrived in Tende, immerse yourself in the authentic atmosphere of this town with its marked Italian past. Stroll through its picturesque streets and admire the famous Tende green schist, an emblematic stone of the region. Don't miss the majestic Collégiale Notre-Dame de l'Assomption, a true architectural gem.

For an outdoor getaway, opt for the Monument de l'Aigle trail, a family-friendly stroll offering a breathtaking panoramic view of the village. Perfect for hiking enthusiasts, this one-hour route promises memorable moments in the heart of nature.

Tende Village
Visit to the village of Tende - Credits Summer Hotels

Gourmet stopover in Tende: Restaurant La Margueria

After this stroll, treat yourself to a gourmet break at La Margueria. This traditional restaurant, steeped in mountain and Italian ambience, invites you to sample specialities such as delicious wood-fired pizzas, raclette, tartiflette and Savoyard fondue. A delicious meal that will delight the taste buds of the whole family.

Meals at La Margueria in Tende
Dining at La Margueria in Tende - Credits Summer Hotels

Cultural Discovery: Musée des Merveilles and Pottery Workshop

Continue your journey with a visit to the Musée des Merveilles, a fascinating site housing rock engravings testifying to the region's millennia-old history. Plunge into the heart of human evolution and discover the mysteries of Mont Bego in the Vallée des Merveilles. Currently, a group exhibition of artists entitled "Après la Pluie" (After the Rain) invites you on an artistic journey until October 31, 2024.

For a creative experience, don't miss the Lullcéramique pottery workshop, where you can not only buy unique souvenirs, but also book modeling workshops. This is your chance to let your creativity run wild and take home an unforgettable souvenir of your stay in Tende.

Pottery workshop at Lullcéramique in Tende
Pottery workshop at Lullcéramique in Tende - Credits Summer Hotels

Others day options in Tende:

  • Hiking in the Vallée des Merveilles

For the more intrepid, an in-depth exploration of the Vallée des Merveilles is a must. Opt for a hike through breathtaking scenery, between crystal-clear lakes, mountains and prehistoric remains. An unforgettable experience in the heart of the Alpes-Maritimes wilderness. The hike lasts 6 hours, or 9 hours with a visit to the engravings.

  • The Col de Tende by bike

The Col de Tende in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region is a popular climb for cyclists. Starting from Tende, you can climb its 15.9 km and 1,005 m ascent to reach its summit at 1,870 m altitude. Note that the last 4 km are on an unpaved road. A great cycling adventure in the Roya Valley!

Tende, the jewel in the crown of the Alpes-Maritimes, offers a rich and varied range of activities. TheHotel Méditerranée is ideal, as its proximity to the train station gives you total flexibility. With its unspoilt nature, historical heritage and gastronomic delights, this destination is sure to appeal to those who love discovery. Embark on an unforgettable day to discover Tende, where every moment holds its own surprises!

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