Maritime Alps

Maritime Alps
French: Alpes maritimes, Italian: Alpi Marittime
Maritime Alps
Countries France, Italy
Part of Alps
Borders on Ligurian Alps, Cottian Alps
Highest point Monte Argentera
 - elevation 3,297 m (10,817 ft)
 - coordinates 44°10′45″N 7°18′18″E / 44.17917°N 7.305°E / 44.17917; 7.305
Maritime Alps (French text)

The Maritime Alps are a mountain range in the southwestern part of the Alps. They form the border between the French département Alpes-Maritimes and the Italian province of Cuneo. The Col de Tende separates them from the Ligurian Alps; the Maddalena Pass separates them from the Cottian Alps. The Mercantour National Park is part of the Maritime Alps.

The Maritime Alps are drained by the rivers Roya, Var and Verdon and their tributaries on the French side; by the Stura di Demonte and other tributaries of the Tanaro and Po on the Italian side. There are many attractive perched villages, such as Belvédère at the entrance to the spectacular Gordolasque valley, some concealing unexpected architectural riches (for example in the south there are numerous churches decorated with murals and altar pieces by primitive Niçois painters).


The chief peaks of the Maritime Alps are:

Name Elevation
Monte Argentera 3297 m
Monte Stella 3262 m
Cime du Gélas 3135 m
Cima di Masta 3108 m
Monte Matto 3097 m
Mont Pelat 3053 m
Mont Clapier 3046 m
Mont Ténibre 3032 m
Cime de l'Enchastraye 2955 m
Mont Bégo 2872 m
Mont Mounier 2818 m
Roche de l'Abisse 2755 m


The chief passes of the Maritime Alps are:

Name Location Type Elevation
Col de la Bonette Tinée Valley to Barcelonnette Road, minor loop off Col de Restefond 2802
Col de Restefond Col de la Bonette to Barcelonnette Road 2680
Bassa di Druos Tinée Valley to Terme di Valdieri Bridle path 2630
Colle di Ciriegia Saint-Martin-Vésubie to Terme di Valdieri Bridle path 2551
Col des Granges Communes Saint-Étienne-de-Tinée to Barcelonnette Bridle path 2512
Col de Pourriac Tinee Valley to Argentera Foot path 2506
Colle di Guercia Tinee Valley to Vinadio Foot path 2451
Col de la Lombarde Isola to Vinadio Road 2350
Col de la Cayolle Var River valley to Barcelonnette Road 2327
Col du Sabion Tende to Valdieri Bridle path 2264
Col d'Allos Verdon River valley to Barcelonnette Road 2250
Maddalena Pass Barcelonnette to Cuneo Road 1995
Col de Tende Tende to Cuneo Road, road tunnel
Railway tunnel
Col de Turini Vésubie river valley to Sospel Road 1607


Coordinates: 44°13′53″N 7°10′36″E / 44.23139°N 7.17667°E / 44.23139; 7.17667

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