France’s Valley of Wonders – the hikers’ dream

Near Tende, not far from Italy, and just a couple of hours’ drive from Nice, La Vallée des Merveilles (the valley of wonders) is known not only for its majestic mountains and lakes, but in particular for its extraordinary prehistoric engravings.

At over 2200 meters, at the foot of Mount Bego is a narrow valley dotted with boulders. The valley is home to mysterious prehistoric rock carvings, including the great anthropomorphic like “the sorcerer”, the “Christ”, the “tribal chief”… etched around 5,000 years ago. Hikers will encounter ground hogs and chamois, and above all will be astounded by the views.

It’s just one of the countless magical destinations within easy reach of Nice Côte d’Azur.


Photo: Frog Lake – one of many breath-taking lakes in the Vallée des Merveilles