Tende is a commune located in the Alpes-Maritimes department, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region (France).

Part of the province of Cuneo (Italy) until after the Second World War, Tende was attached to France in September 1947, following the Treaty of Paris and after consultation with the inhabitants.

Tende is located within Mercantour National Park in the French Alps. The mountainous commune is bordered by Italy to the north, with the boundary determined by the watershed line between the two countries. This line of mountain tops contains more than 20 summits exceeding 2,000 meters (6,600 feet).

A large rectangle of land running east–west, Tende is split from north to south by the Roya river valley. The tributary Réfréi river joins the Roya within the limits of Tende.

The Col de Tende (Tende Pass), a strategic pass through the Alps to Piedmont, has been modernized to be a road and railway tunnel.

Tourism and main attractions

Religious heritage

  • The old Notre-Dame collegiate church, rue de l’Église (16th century).
  • The Saint-Sauveur chapel in Romanesque style, its construction dates from the 14th century. In 1982, a hidden painted decoration was discovered under whitewash. In 1988, a major conservation operation was undertaken to save it from ruin. It is classified as a historic monument by decree of May 26, 2000.

  • The old Annonciade chapel, rue de France.
  • The chapel of the Annunciation, rue Cotta, des Pénitents-Blancs.
  • The Chapel of Mercy, rue Cotta, des Pénitents-Noirs.

  • The Saint-Michel church, Place De Gaulle.
  • The Sainte-Anne church in Granile.

Civil heritage

  • The spectacular road to the Col de Tende and the picturesque roads to Granile and the Réfréi valley.
  • The rock engravings of the Vallée des Merveilles and the Mont Bégo region classified as historical monuments on December 8, 1989.
  • The Nice – Ventimiglia – Breil – Limone railway line.
  • The remains of the Château des Lascaris.
  • Villa Alpina, Frédéric Mader’s house from 1893, houses the town hall.

  • The Chianea House, from the 17th century, located rue de France.
  • The Porte d’Italie, a medieval pointed arch door, attached to the Chapel of the Annunciation.
  • Place du Traou and Place du Ponte.
  • The gate of the medieval enclosure overlooking Place Antoine Balarello.

How to get to?

From Paris: 10 hr 34 min (1,011 km) via A6 and A7

From Marseille: 3 hr 32 min (280 km) via A8

From Nice: 1 hr 25 min (79.6 km) via A8 and D6204

From Toulouse: 6 hr 28 min (641 km) via A8

From Monaco: 1 hr 23 min (68.8 km) via D6204

From Andorra: 8 hr 29 min (768 km) via A8

From Madrid: 13 hr 58 min (1,334 km) via A-2

From Moscow: 35 hr (3,069 km) via E30/M1

From Belgrade: 14 hr 4 min (1,335 km) via E70

From Istanbul: 25 hr (2,284 km) via E70

From Bern: 7 hr 6 min (615 km) via A10/E80

Main information

Area: 177,47 km2

Population: 2 021

Coordinates: 44°05′19″N 7°35′39″E

Language: French

Currency: Euro

Visa: Schengen

Time: Central European UTC +1

See also France travel guide

See also Spain travel guide

See also Pyrenees travel guide

See also Andorra travel guide

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