Peira Cava :

Pioneering nordic and mountain domain in Mercantour National Park

Maurice Chevalier, Marlène Dietrich, Robert Hossein and Russian painter Marc Chagall… Many illustrious celebs came to Peira Cava to savour the joys of winter sports at the height of the resort’s glory in the early 20th century. Today, the Nordic ski resort of Peira Cava, a little mountain village very close to Nice combining a Mediterranean and Alpine mood, continues to welcome winter sports aficionados. You can even catch glimpses of the Med between the pines, beeches and chestnut trees on the lower slopes, but higher up, larches, spruces and firs remind you that you’re well and truly in the mountains… In short, a concentrate of the finest nature has to offer.

Cross-country skiing, snow and winter sports: winter in Peira Cava

The oldest cross-country skiing resort in the Alpes-Maritimes, Peira Cava was a coveted destination for revellers from the Mediterranean coast and Monaco. Now much quieter, it has become a genuine haven for lovers of nature and wide open spaces. In winter, its pure white cloak and old-fashioned charm make it an ideal choice for nature fans trying out winter sports for the first time, with 3 easy cross-country and snowshoeing trails criss-crossing enchanted landscapes at the gateway to MercantourNational Park: one yellow, one red and a loop comprising three different trails. A little white paradise, a stone’s throw from the Côte d’Azur!


Peira Cava in summer, a mountain hiking haven

In summer, the snow gives way to luxuriant vegetation, offering up a beautiful palette of holiday colours from Mediterranean blue to lush grassy green. Armed with a backpack, thermos and good pair of hiking boots, set out for a sunny stroll on one of the many trails around Peira Cava, ideal for stretching your legs with all the clan in a magnificent natural setting. If you’re travelling with kids, the Peira Cava adventure park perched at an altitude of 1,400 metres features 8 adventure courses of different levels for would-be Tarzans… And if you want to take it a step further, opt for a night in a treehouse – the perfect way to pamper your inner child and satisfy budding explorers!

Peira Cava: history and panoramas

Formerly inhabited by shepherds and farmers, Peira Cava became a strategic military lookout post in the late 19th century, in charge of monitoring the Italian border. The ancient Crénant barracks have now been converted into a summer camp. Peira Cava‘s finest hour came a few years later, when the Nice bourgeoisie came here to try their hand at skiing – often for the first time – and sporting pioneers vied for victory in the first tobogganing, speed skating, ice hockey and ski jumping competitions. The labyrinth of old lanes leading to the Placette in the village centre is still redolent with a coquettish atmosphere. A 15-metre ancient tower built in the shape of a horseshoe stands guard over the village, topped with an orientation table boasting gorgeous views over the valleys of Vésubie, Paillons and Authion all the way to the sea…

Less than an hour’s drive from Peira Cava, the Côte d’Azur and Musée Matisse de Nice are must-dos during your stay. Standing amid ancient Roman ruins, the Villa des Arènes – the home of the Matisse museum – is a pearl of Nice architecture complete with an elegant red facade and rooms bedecked in finery. Discover the life and work of this acclaimed artist and genius of the Fauvism movement. And don’t miss the region’s many other exciting museums too!

Prepping your holiday at the Peira Cava ski resort

Whatever the season, prep your holiday at Peira Cava by contacting the Lucéram Tourist Office on +33(0)4 93 79 46 50, or pop over to see them in the village of Lucéram. You can also browse the Peira Cava website where you’ll find plenty of info including maps, activities, entertainment, etc.

Shops & Restaurants

In keeping with traditional mountain spirit, the local restaurants serve generous helpings of regional goodies. Our fave? Treat yourself to a large slice of blueberry tart after your hike… You’ll also find a variety of shops on site including a supermarket, boulangerie and pharmacy.



Weather & Snowfall

We recommend checking the online weather forecast every morning before you set out to make the most of your stay: