The route (8 days)
The path follows mainly the famous "Route
Royale", which was made by the lords or the Savoy to connect Nice with
Pi?omt via the Col de Tende. The trail stays in the mountains, but never
higher than 1200m, so it can be done in every season, even in wintertime.
Day 1 : Arrival in Nice. Visit or the town, evening train to and night
in St.Dalmas de Tende
All day discovery or the city or Nice and its culture: (To visit the
barok churches of Nice you'll have to be here on Sunday)
Pons church and chapel of the Mis?icorde, Baroque masterpieces
of Gesu, example of early Baroque (17th century)
- the historic centre
with its narrow streets and the hill of the castle
- the altarpieces
in the monastery of Cimiez
- the Chagall museum,
- the Matisse museum, http://www.musee-matisse-nice.org/
Departure from Nice to St. Dalmas at the end or the afternoon, either
with your car (80 km) or with train (this and all other train journeys are
not included in the package).
Day 2 : Departure by train
from St. Dalmas to Tende (leave at 8.57h, 12 minutes)
Tende to La Brigue, over the Col de Boselia (altitude 1111m). downhill to
La Brigue and walk to Notre Dame des Fontaines and back. Elevation gains
:+400m and -400m, length 5 hours.
To see in Tende:
- church with
Baroque altar and Italian organ.
- medieval streets
- visit of the
chapel of Notre Dame des Fontaines: the most frescos of the Alps (1492)
Walk back to La Brigue and walk or by the train back to Saint Dalmas
for your second night.
Day 3 : Saint Dalmas-de-Tende - Saorge
Beautiful hike today,
walking over so-called balcony paths along the Gorges of the Roya.
From Saint Dalmas to Fontan and to Saorge, via the perched villages
or Granile and Berghe.
Difference in height: +400m, -700m, length :
- Village or Saorge, a beautiful perched village
- The Baroque Franciscan
monastery (17th and 18th century)
- The chapel or Notre Dame del Poggio
(Roman apse, 11th century)
- The baroque church of Fontan
architecture of Granile, one of the most beautiful mountain-villages of
Day 4 : Saorge - Breil sur Roya
and the Roya valley to Breil. A very nice and not too long track, but with
some considerable climbing.
Difference in height: +300m and -600m, length:
- In Breil sur Roya, one or the most beautiful
Baroque churches in the country-side or Nice, and the organ from the 18th
Night in Breil sur Roya.
Day 5 : Breil sur Roya
- Pi?e Haute - Sospel
No trains today. From Breil sur Roya to Sospel,
via Pi?e Haute, by beautiful balcony paths and along olive orchards.
Elevation gains: +450m and -450m, length : 5h30 - 6h
- Piène Haute and its church (baroque dance of the death, danse macabre,
from the 18th century)
- Toll bridge in Sospel (15th century)
Night in Sospel
Day 6 : Sospel - Ste Agnès
Leave by bus
or taxi from Sospel to the Col de Castillon.
From the col de Castillon
to Ste Agnès, via the summit or the Mont Ours (1239m).
+550m and -500m, length 4h
- In the morning visit
or the cathedral or Sospel (baroque décor and altarpieces by the Primitives
- Pay special attention to the military defences from the end
of the 19th century and 1936-1940 (Maginot line of the Alps), the village
of Ste Agnès above the sea and her enormous subterranean fort, part or the
Night in Ste. Agnès
Day 7 : Ste Agnès -
Freewheeling, or almost to the sea! Beautiful walk through
pine woods till Castellar, then descent to the historic Menton and its old
From Ste Agnès to Castellat, via the path of the "Balcons
de la Côte d'Azur".
Elevation gains : +200m and -500m, length
From Castellar to Menton via le Baousset.
Elevation gains : -350m,
In all 4h30
- Castellar and the chapel
of Saint Sébastien
- The historic Menton and the baroque church St Michel
- The small museum Jean Cocteau, near the harbour or Menton,
Day 8 : Menton (or Nice) , leave after breakfast.
Degree of difficulty : average.
Hike of average degree of difficulty,
accessible for anyone experienced in mountain walking.
luggage transfer. Average length: 5 h
Signposted paths. Average elevation
Maximum altitude: 1240m, Average altitude for the nights:
Particular difficulties: The Côte d'Azur, near the Italian
border, is not a hilly region, but very mountainous, with a typical alps
The late autumn with its colours and the early
spring with all the flowers are without any doubt the most pleasant periods
to walk. During the winter it sure is much colder, but dry and very sunny.
What we offer
- A guaranteed departure from up to 2 persons
- Free choice of starting day and date.
- Half-board (shops in every
village to buy yourself a picknick) , single room possible. In Nice and
- Luggage transfer every walking day between La Brigue
- You get a description and maps, which you leave behind
at the end of the hike (1/25.000) and detailed instructions.
included are: beverages, entrance fees and train- and bus-tickets.
From 1st or February till the 15th or June
From the 15th or September
till the 15th or November