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 Tourism, holiday & travel in Saint-Étienne-de-Tinée
Insee code06120
AltitudeFrom 949 to 3027 meters
Surface173.81 km²
Population1470 inhabitants
Density8 inhabitants/km²


National labelsAuron at 7.5 km (12 min)
Chief townNice (at 89 km, 90 min)Saint-Dalmas-le-Selvage at 7.6 km (14 min)
DepartmentAlpes-MaritimesIsola at 15.3 km (18 min)
RegionProvence-Alpes-Côte d'AzurSearch another town


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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.

Detailed information
Information pointsTourist Office of Saint-Étienne-de-Tinée
Leisure centresSki Resort Auron
MonumentsChapel Saint-Maur,   Chapel Saint-Sébastien,   Chapel Saint-Érige,   Church Saint-Étienne,   Collège Jean Franco,   House of Sébastien Fabri
Natural sitesLake Chaffour,   Lake of Rabuons,   Mount Férant,   Mount Jaunas,   Mount Pelevo,   Mount Riounet,   Mount Tinibras,   Pass of Blainon,   Pass of Lunga


Frequently monthly market on Friday morning.

The last Sunday in June: Feast of Transhumance.

At the end of July: Pilgrimage to Our Lady of the Most High.

At the beginning of August: Feast of Saint-Étienne-de-Tinée.


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 ...

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Bungee jumping from 80m off the Pont de la Marié bridge Sports sensations79 €Guillaumes (22 km)

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House with 5 bedroomsLa petite Etoile d'hôtes bio    
Bed and breakfast in the house of the star in Mercantour. Alexandra And Patrice will welcome you warmly and invite you to delight in the natural environment and family atmosphere. La...
Located 5.8 km from Saint-Étienne-de-TinéeFrom 56 € to 76 € the double room 
House with 4 bedroomsLe rupicapra  
Our guest house dating from 1773 is located in the heart of a medieval village. Roubion is part of the park of Mercantour in the hinterland of Nice.
Located 21 km from Saint-Étienne-de-TinéeFrom 75 € to 80 € the double room 
Chalet with 5 bedroomsChalet la Providence  
Le Sauze
Located in the Sauze, winter in the heart of the ski slopes, summer prairie. Real wood and cozy chalet. In each of the 5 bedrooms, bathroom and wc, TV and stunning views of the surrounding...
Located 23 km from Saint-Étienne-de-TinéeFrom 85 € to 145 € the double room 

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House for 22 personsGrande maison familiale Mercantour
Rent by the week or weekend at the beautiful and spacious house in the mountain village of Saint Dalmas le Selvage, 7 km from the ski lifts Auron Comfortable. Central heating boiler...
Located 5.8 km from Saint-Étienne-de-TinéeFrom 1100 € to 1400 € per week 
Apartment for 4 personsLe moulin d'allos
Village of the Mercantour National Park Allos offers a multitude of activities in an unspoiled setting. Mill apartments, comfortable, are located close to the village in a quiet and...
Located 24 km from Saint-Étienne-de-TinéeFrom 210 € to 480 € per week 
Apartment for 6 personsLe Moulin d'Allos  
Village of Allos Mercantour National Park offers a multitude of activities in a protected environment. Mill apartments, comfortable, are located close to the village in a green area...
Located 24 km from Saint-Étienne-de-TinéeFrom 280 € to 780 € per week 

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Hotel l'Ecureuil - Hotel in Saint-Étienne-de-TinéeHotel l'Ecureuil     
Logis Hotel l'Ecureuil offers en suite accommodation in the ski resort of Auron. It has a restaurant and free Wi-Fi. Guests have access to free parking. Each room in this Logis hotel...
Located 3.2 km from Saint-Étienne-de-TinéeRoom from 83 €
Le Collet d'Auron - Hotel in Saint-Étienne-de-TinéeLe Collet d'Auron    
Located 150 metres from the ski slopes, Le Collet d'Auron features a garden, common living room with a TV, a restaurant and a children’s playground. Free ski storage and free Wi-Fi...
Located 3.2 km from Saint-Étienne-de-TinéeRoom from 68 €
Le Chalet d'Auron - Hotel in Saint-Étienne-de-TinéeLe Chalet d'Auron     
Le Chalet d'Auron is located in Auron Ski Resort, offering panoramic mountain views from the terrace. It features a sauna, hammam and a swimming pool, and the restaurant serves traditional...
Located 3.2 km from Saint-Étienne-de-TinéeRoom from 200 €

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Le Méridien Beach Plaza
Le Méridien Beach Plaza overlooks Monte Carlo and the Mediterranean Sea. Its private beach and indoor and outdoor swimming pools are complimented by a...
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