The Top 5 by town in the High Land

28 March 2023

What to do, what to see this summer in the Nice Côte d’Azur area?

Discover the best of: Auron – Belvédère – Clans – IsolaLa Bollène VésubieLa Colmiane La Tour-sur-Tinée – Roquebillière – Saint-Dalmas-Le-Selvage – Saint-Etienne-de-Tinée – Saint-Martin-Vésubie Utelle

Towns and villages in the High Land


  1. Visit the St Erige chapel, classified as a Historic Monument.
  2. Fill up with sensations from the Vertigo of Auron.
  3. Get some oxygen with the family during a Nordic walking tour.
  4. Go mountain biking in the bike-park.
  5. Participate in a summit yoga session.


  1. Make exceptional encounters in the Mercantour Natural Park.
  2. Go fishing in all zenitude on the banks of the Gordolasque River.
  3. Travel back in time, hike and marvel at the rock engravings of the Vallée des Merveilles.
  4. Take a 100% local gourmet break.
  5. Visit a village perched on the Baroque route.


  1. Decompress in the quietness of a village where life is good.
  2. Discover almost thousand-year-old paintings.
  3. Laze around or perform on foot or on an electrically-assisted mountain bike in the woods, trails and forest tracks.
  4. Enjoy a calm biological swim… with tanning on the program.
  5. Admire the contemporary paintings by Patrick Moya* which decorate the interior of the Chapel of St John the Baptist – *Internationally renowned artist from Nice.


  1. Go trail walking and hiking in a unique landscape and a preserved environment.
  2. Feel very small in front of the grandeur of mountain landscapes.
  3. Climb a mythical pass.
  4. Taste local specialities.
  5. Enjoy the joys of a mountain bike ride.

La Bollène Vésubie

  1. Discover the Authion circuit.
  2. Visit the pretty hilltop village.
  3. Fill up with activities.
  4. Have a picnic and enjoy a clear view of the mountains.
  5. Taste the local specialities, for the pleasure of the eyes and the papillae.

La Colmiane

  1. Glide on the giant zip line.
  2. Enjoy the panoramic view of the Baus de la Frema, between climbing and hiking.
  3. Get a lot of sensations on the longest summer sled in France.
  4. Touch Icarus’ dream.
  5. Hike around the Millefonts Lakes, witnesses of the ice age.

La Tour-sur-Tinée

  1. Walk through a beautiful medieval village listed as a historical monument
  2. Enjoying the panorama and the beautiful surrounding nature
  3. To take part, whatever your level, in one of the many hiking trails (GR510)
  4. Discover an exceptional heritage at the Béal craft centre
  5. Visit a listed religious heritage (Chapelle St-Jean-Baptiste, Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs, Église St-Martin, Maison des Templiers…).


  1. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation on the leisure base.
  2. Visit the church Saint-Michel de Gast to discover 800 years of history.
  3. Spend a pleasant moment of relaxation in the thermal centre of Berthemont-Les-Bains.
  4. Meet the farmers and local craftsmen at the “Petit Marché Rural” (tuesday morning).
  5. Take a nice walk around the village.

Saint-Dalmas le Selvage

  1. Cycle on a mythical road.
  2. Observe the sunset on the top of the Col de la Bonette.
  3. Discover a military heritage.
  4. Take a nice family hike in the Mercantour national park.
  5. Visit the authentic village.

Saint-Etienne de Tinée

  1. Discover a mountain village.
  2. Visit the village church.
  3. Swim in pure, fresh water.
  4. Visit the Museum of Stephanean Traditions.
  5. Going back to the School Museum.

Saint-Martin Vésubie

  1. Meet the wolves of Alpha Park.
  2. Wander through the beautiful streets of the village.
  3. Recharge your batteries in breathtaking scenery.
  4. Enjoy the delicacies that this area has to offer.
  5. Rediscover the preserved treasures of the Mercantour National Park.


1.Stroll through the streets and stairways of Utelle and admire the medieval houses built of old stone
2. Enjoy a panoramic view of the Vésubie peaks
3. Sit on the terrace of a café on the square, under the plane trees
4. Take one of the many hiking trails (GR5)
5. Go up to the Madonna d’Utelle, a sanctuary and place of pilgrimage, situated at an altitude of 1200 m, with an exceptional 360° panorama, between sea and mountain.

Enjoy the mountains all year round! Now you know what to do and what to see in the high country of Nice Côte d’Azur outside the winter sports season! And as you have seen, there is a real choice. Enjoy your stay in the Nice Côte d’Azur area!

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Assistant Director of Marketing and Communication at the Nice Côte d'Azur Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau