Villages suspended between the woods and the sky, guarded by the mountains; holm oak and pine forests, springs of the clearest water and natural caves that water carved into the karst rock; small charming hotels and hosts as nurturing as the local cuisine - tasty and rustic, typical mountain food. If you are reading these words and thinking that this is everything your heart may desire, Val Maira must be singing your name in its Occitan dialect.
Located in the Southern Alps near the French border, Val Maira is only now becoming popular among hikers as a hiking paradise. You won’t find packed walking paths, crowded ski slopes and mass tourism, but rather beautiful hamlets and a nature so untamed to be still populated with a lot of animals and - legend says - curious but benevolent gnomes.
French influence - the country which the locals used to be more in contact with, as it was easier to reach than Italy - is vivid and well perceivable in its food, language, culture. The Occitan culture makes this enchanting territory even more peculiar.