The Maira Valley (Val Màira in Piedmontese) is an alpine valley in the province of Cuneo, taking its name from the Maira stream that runs through its length.
The valley is bordered to the north by the Varaita valley, which runs parallel; to the south it borders in the lower valley with the Grana valley and in the upper valley with the Stura di Demonte valley; to the west it borders with France and to the east it has its outlet on the Po valley. It is about 45 km long and is cut in half by the stream that gives it its name: the Maira.
The Gardetta Plateau.
The Gardetta Plateau is situated at the intersection of three valleys, is a vast landscape featuring a host of geological-naturalistic phenomena.
The rocks in this area tell of the ancient presence of volcanoes, rivers, beaches, lagoons, coasts and seas. The recent discovery of a dinosaur footprint has increased even further the geological importance of this site positioned at the foot of Rocca la Meja. The plateau is accessible in late Spring and summer, preferably from the Comune of Canosio in the Maira Valley and is ideal for walking . From here, you can set off on a range of hikes of varying levels, on foot or by mtb and on the numerous climbing trails on Rocca la Meja.