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Madone de Fenestre

Madone de Fenestre, Mercantour National Park Madone de Fenestre, Mercantour National Park

A pretty spectacular walk in the Alps, taking about 3 hours and not being too strenuous if you're in good health. It starts at the Refuge de la Madone de Fenestre, about 1 hour drive north from Nice, some 13km from the village of St.Martin Vesubie, following a very scenic route through the gorges of the Vesubie river.
The walk can be done from May through to October. In late summer/early autumn the light is at its most beautiful. Starting at the Refuge (alt.1903m), the track winds through an impressive mountainous landscape, past a small lake (Lac de Fenestre, pictured), up to the "col de Fenestre" at 2472m which is the border with Italy. The scenery is awe inspiring and the utter silence around you makes you feel you've escaped the hustle and bustle of the busy Côte down below.

Madone de Fenestre On the way (by car) to the starting point of the walk
Madone de Fenestre The Refuge (shelter) of Madone de Fenestre, starting point of this walk
View during the walk View during the walk


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