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Bonette Pass

Classified on the 18th of August 1860 by Napoleon III, the road linking Nice to Briançon guided the steps of millions of travelers. So why not you ?

High Tinée side, from the place called the High Bridge, enter the central area of the Mercantour National Park and live colorful moments, between the blue waters of the Vens waterfall and the deep green larch forests.

 

With your car, Follow the flowering and sunny slopes and find yourself at the Cime de la Bonette (2802 m). Then, let your imagination continue the journey enjoying a breathtaking view of the Northern Alps and Mount Viso in Italy ...!

 

Want to do things differently? Every year at the end of July, the pilgrimage of Our Lady of the Most High is the occasion to bring back from the past the prayers launched in 1940 by the villagers in exodus, so that their houses are spared. Immovable witnesses of your ascent, herds of transhumant shepherds, in summer past from June to October.

 

 

 

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On the way..

THE HAMLET OF LE PRA:

At 1,700 meters above sea level, this hamlet has seen generations of generations passing on the art of self-sufficiency, before seeing today hikers of all generations follow one another on the now classic route leading to the lakes of Vens.

Alongside the only current trade of the hamlet, the restaurant Le Pratois, a church dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene, the communal bread oven, the old school, the wash house and some houses bear witness to a once sustained activity. Today the hamlet is inhabited only a few months in the summer.


 


THE HAMLET OF BOUSIEYAS

In this hamlet, the highest in the department of Alpes-Maritimes (1,960 m altitude), facing south and exposed to 4 winds, the walls have kept memory of ancient life, dictated by nature and punctuated by the seasons. On the occasion of a pilgrimage in the small church dedicated to St. Peter, or a hike on the GR5, connecting the Netherlands to the Mediterranean.




CAMP DES FOURCHES

Military hamlet today deserted, the Camp des Fourches is located at 2,300 m above sea level. Completed in 1896, consisting of 26 barracks built in hard, it could house a battalion of four companies of 150 men each. Everything was planned for total autonomy: captaincy, sanitary facilities, bread oven, kitchens, stables for mules, sanitation networks ... and even a cable car, now gone, connected to the hamlet of Pra, ensuring the supply or evacuation of the wounded.

 
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