Vallée de la Roya is a dramatic mountain valley located close to the French Riviera in southern France. The valley, which can be accessed from Nice by car in just over an hour, hugs the Italian border (you'll drive through Italy to get to it) and forms part of the Mercantour National Park region. Vallée de la Roya isn't just close to Italy; the region was occupied by Italy during WWII. It wasn't until 1947 that the region moved back under French territory, and it remains French land to this day. Follow the valley from south to north, and you'll arrive at Tende, a small town perched on the hillside and a popular day trip location for those visiting the likes of Monaco, Menton, and Nice. Tende boasts a charming Old Town home to medieval houses, cobblestoned streets, and 14th-century churches. Other towns and communes of interest in the Vallee de la Roya include L'Escarene, Sospel, Breil Sur Roya, Fontan, and Storage. The latter is famed for its medieval architecture and spectacular mountain walking trails.
If you like the sound of cruising the French Riviera, but you'd prefer to be in the passenger seat, consider joining a guided car tour. We work with local suppliers to organize memorable car tours to a destination of your choosing. Our hosts provide a variety of tours ranging from vintage experiences in Nice to retro tours in Monaco. Most 60-minute car tours are around €100 for 1 or 2 person(s). If you'd prefer a bespoke car tour, our tailor-made excursions cost up to €500. Whether you choose a private tour in a beautiful vintage car or a modern sports car, you'll leave with unforgettable memories of the French Riviera.