Alpes-Maritimes (06660) Altitude: 1600 m
The hamlet of Auron, in the upper Tinée Valley between Isola and St Etienne-de-Tinée, has been there for a few centuries before skiing became a sport. The local church, Saint Erige d'Auron (shown here), was built in the 13th century.
Old, but tiny, Auron village only a site for winter sports, both summer and winter.
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Hiking and mountain walking is excellent from Auron. On the west side, many trails make loops back into the forested mountains, and between Auron and nearby St Etienne-de-Tinée.
On the northeast side, the mountains are much less forested, but have their own beauty. There are many trails northeast from St Etienne-de-Tinée, into the Mercantour and a region of many mountain lakes. One trail from the valley beside Auron goes northeast to the popular Lac de Rabouns, and joins with the hiking trails from St Etienne-de-Tinée.
There is a bus between the Nice town and airport to St Etienne-de-Tinée and the Auron ski station. It takes 2 hours (90 km) and costs 1 euro.
The drive from Nice to St Etienne-de-Tinée and Auron is 90 km, about 1 hour 40 minutes.
The route is north on the D6202 (the old N202) from near the airport (direction Digne-les-Bains). North past St Martin-du-Var and Plan-de-Var.
At the junction with the Tinée Valley, go north on the D2205, past Tournefort, La Condamine, Clans, Marie and Bolinette.
Keep left, stay on the D2205, past St Sauveur-sur-Tinée, Isola, Le Bourguet. The road to Auron is to the left just before the village of Saint Etienne-de-Tinée,
North of Auron, the D2205 road continues up some very beautiful and very serious mountains to the famous Col de la Bonette (2715 m) and down the other side to Jausier and Barcelonnette in the Ubaye Valley. It's a beautiful drive, but this road is closed for the cold half of the year.