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Casterino ski resort:

the Great North of Mercantour National Park

Located in the Alpes Maritimes, the family-style resort of Casterino in Roya Valley spans the magnificent landscapes of Mercantour National Park. Perched at 1,150 metres and situated 1½ hours from Nice, this village resort is a genuine haven of peace and the departure point for many epic adventures: the Vallée des Merveilles and its time-old cave paintings, Mont Bégo soaring to 2,872 metres and other fascinating peaks. Casterino has a lost-world feel that invites visitors to switch off… Perfect for relaxing and recharging your batteries whatever the season.

A winter Nordic spirit in Casterino

Home to a Nordic domain opened in 1989, Casterino transforms your winter holiday into a voyage to the Great North – an astonishing white paradise perfect for disconnecting from everyday life and getting back to nature. Far removed from the hubbub of the major Alpine resorts, nothing here is superficial: calm reigns and hospitality is key. With snow, sunshine and plenty of things to do, all the family can enjoy trying their hand at cross-country skiing or snowshoeing on the Nordic domain’s 20 km of groomed signposted trails, ideal for novices. This is also the perfect place to let your inner child shine, as you whoosh down the toboggan runs with your tiny tots or enjoy an enchanted ride on a dog sled, amid majestic peaks. A genuine Zen break in the mountains.
To find out more, check out the trail map and prices, then book your stay online.

Casterino in summer, walks for every taste

The Mediterranean Sea isn’t far away, as the gentle climate confirms. In summer, snow gives way to verdant vegetation, ideal for an escape into nature. Head off on foot, on horseback, on a mountainbike or even in a 4×4 to explore the wild and unique scenery around Casterino. This little hamlet is also the gateway to the Vallée des Merveilles: you’ll reach this exceptional archaeological site after a short climb between forests and rocks dotted with Alpine plant and animal life. A genuine open-air museum, the valley unveils one of Europe’s largest series of cave paintings. A history lesson in nature!

Life is good in Casterino

Don’t even try and count the cave paintings: there are over 40,000 of them dotted around the area! But keep your eyes peeled… As you wind your way through the high-altitude rocky trails you may well come across a chamois making its way up to the summit – the cherry on the cake in these exceptional mountainscapes.
A genuine ode to authenticity and simple pleasures, Casterino brings us back to basics. The food is redolent with fresh produce and traditional dishes: don’t miss the famous blueberry tart and astonishing pumpkin pie, and make sure you stock up on jams, yoghurts and cheeses before you leave. The specialities of Mercantour promise to tickle your tastebuds!
Whether you’re a fan of history, fine arts or natural sciences, the Alpes-Maritimes is a fascinating hub of heritage, also offering museums for every taste.

Prepping your holiday at the Casterino ski resort

Prep your holiday at Casterino by contacting the Bureau du Tourisme de Tende on +33(0)4 83 93 98 82, or pop over to see them in the villageof Tende. You can also browse the Casterino-Tendewebsite where you’ll find plenty of info including maps, activities, entertainment, etc.

Shops & Restaurants

Head over to the restaurant Les Mélèzes in Casterino for a fondue that is guaranteed to make you melt… You can savour plenty of local specialities here in a casual atmosphere, whether a generous platter after your hike or flavourful evening dinner. You’ll also find a variety of shops nearby (Tende, LaBrigue), including a supermarket, boulangerie and pharmacy.


Five hotels and auberges welcome you in Casterino: Hôtel Chamois d’Or, Le Mouton Dort, Auberge Val Casterino, Auberge Saint-Marie Madeleine and Le Prieuré.

Weather & Snowfall

Check out the weather conditions and snowfall in real time thanks to the online weather reports and webcams: