Hiking near the Côte d'Azur - from the area locally known as ‘Wonderland’ to the Mediterranean Sea. This path takes you on a journey of discovery. You will be astonished by mountain villages which are fascinating in their variety, their culture and the richness of their history. Passing from mountain scenery to the relative gentleness of the Mediterranean shores, through an area whose Italian roots have been modified by more recent French influences.
Day 1: Arrival in Saint-Dalmas-de-Tende
Day 2: Around Saint-Dalmas-de-Tende ~5,5 h
During this walk you will see two superb medieval villages packed with history, which will charm you just as much as the walk itself.
Day 3: Saint-Dalmas-de-Tende - Fontan or Saorge, ~6 h
During this walk you will encounter a series of isolated villages which, nevertheless, are inhabited. They are built of dry stone walls and roofed with the local slate. The night you'll spend in a very simple location in Fontan or in a lovely chambre d'hôtes de charme in Saorge. It is you who have to choose.
Day 4: Fontan or Saorge - Breil-sur-Roya, ~5,5 h
The route follows old salt road. Saorge, an impressive village stuck on a steep hillside will astonish you as well as Breil-sur-Roya where you will be able to see one of its famous organs, made by the Italian master craftsmen whose work originally gave this valley, the 'Vallée des Orgues' (Valley of Organs) its name.
Day 5: Breil-sur-Roya - Sospel, ~5,5 h
A beautiful footpath takes you to a very well maintained 'perched village'. Here you can see a chapel in the midst of the olive groves and a gorge which is partly in France and partly in Italy.
Day 6: Sospel - Sainte-Agnès, ~6 or 3,5 h
The remains of a fortified castle, the cathedral and many other buildings testify to the importance of this old village down during centuries. After Sospel your walk continues to Sainte-Agnès, a village from which you can already get a view of the sea.
Day 7: Sainte-Agnès - Menton and departure, ~5,5 h
You arrive in the old quarter of Menton after passing the famous Bay of Garavan, through scenery you will never forget. Your walking holiday ends at Menton.
6 nights in 2** hotels and unclassified, simple hotels
road book with maps (1:25000)
GPS on request
self-guided tour - 7 days / 6 nights
arrival every day
season I (625 €/person in double)
season II (+10 €/person)
season III (+30 €/person)
for experienced hikers, average hiking 6 hours/day, altitude differences between 600m and 1.000m
how to get there
by car: to Nice and then to Saint-Dalmas
by train: station Nice and regional train to Saint-Dalmas
by plane: airport Nice
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