The village is located Saint-Étienne-de-Tinée 1140 m above sea level, just 90 km from Nice and 7 km from the resort of Auron. With approximately 1350 inhabitants, capital of canton has preserved authenticity, charm and architecture unique to specific villages in the valley.
Probably inhabited since prehistoric times, Insula Daeliae named by the Romans, then Santi Stephani Tinaesis by early Christians, Saint-Étienne de-Tinée had a very long history. It belongs to the Savoy before annexation to France in 1860. Life was so harsh. We lived then folded on itself, because of the very difficult routes with the neighboring valleys and coastline. From 1900, the widening of roads and the advent of the automobile enabled the city to grow, but a disastrous fire destroyed the 1929. Half the town was destroyed and its revival due Saint-Étienne-de-Tinée not only launched a subscription to all municipalities of France and the dynamism of its mayor Rovery Maurice, who was behind the resort of Auron.
The villagers kept carefully and perpetuate new generations with the secret of many local recipes. A mixture of original and delicious mountain specialties with influences of Provencal cuisine, such as: gnocchi, ravioli, green pasta with wild spinach, polenta black, nettle soup, fried squash blossoms, coffee barley ... without forgetting the many handicrafts made by true alchemists of taste that make us discover new flavors through: jams, honeys "nature" or flavored gingerbread, but the cheese ...
Italian style and mountain architecture "French" coexist without spoiling all to the delight of visitors. Lovers trompe-l'oeil will be delighted.
The interpretive trail around the village and the river "Tinée" you will discover all aspects of village life altitude.
Saint-Étienne-de-Tinée has 17 churches, including five magnificent churches and chapels from the 13th to the 17th century, decorated with remarkable frescoes classified. Many sundials. Several museums are reviving the long history of the valley and the legacy of our ancestors traditions museum, dairy, school and mill.
Finally, the télépulsé Pinatelle you will in a few cables, direct access to the ski resort of Auron and enjoy a panoramic view over the village and the valley. Hamlets character is also the goal of various walks or visits: Roya Douans, Rougelle The La Blache, The Cialancier, Le Pré du Loup Vens.
At the end of July: Pilgrimage to Our Lady of the Most High.
At the beginning of August: Feast of Saint-Étienne-de-Tinée.
ATTRACTIONS, LEISURES AND ACTIVITES AROUND
The Col de la Bonnette - 2802 m altitude: the highest road in Europe, linking Nice to Briançon. At the top of Bonnette, the views are spectacular, the view of the northern Alps and Mount Viso in Italy is beautiful ... your binoculars!
The Mercantour National Park: the Common Saint-Étienne-de-Tinée lies at the edge of the Mercantour National Park, it is the starting point of many hiking trails inside the park as Vens Lake, Lake of Rabuons, Mount Ténibre ...