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Our week begins at our hotel in Menton. Situated just a short stroll from the train station, beach and shops, it is ideally located for a week of centre-based walking. In the evening our guide will hold a welcome meeting to discuss the week ahead, give advice on the local area and answer any questions.
Walk to the Cap Martin Peninsula passing through the pretty cliff side village of Roquebrune Cap Martin.
Today we discover the region. Starting from the hotel we walk around the beautiful Cap Martin Peninsula, passing through the perched village of Roquebrune Cap Martin. Located between Menton and Monaco it enjoys spectacular views of the Mediterranean sea. An old village dominated by a charming 10th century fort, its narrow, stepped streets, deep vaulted passages are perfect to explore on foot. Walk: Distance 12 km Ascent 350 m Descent 350 m Time: 4 to 5 hours
Head by bus inland to Sospel, a peaceful village with mountain influences. From here walk to the border of the Mercantour N.P. before returning to Menton by bus.
We begin our day by bus, taking a 45 minute journey to Sospel. With the feel of a mountain town it is a peaceful village located very near to the Italian border and was once an important staging post on the royal road from Nice to Turin. Its cobbled street, gothic houses and baroque cathedral make a picturesque starting point from which to begin our walk. From here we enjoy a walk at the border of the Mercantour National Park before heading back to our hotel by bus where we can enjoy an aperitif on the sun terrace or perhaps a stroll along the coastal path before dinner. Walk: Distance 9 km Ascent 460 m Descent 460 m Time: 5 to 6 hours
Free day; spend time on the local sand beaches or visit the myriad of gardens, markets and shops in Menton itself.
On your free day you could choose to explore Menton old town. During the 19th century, the British and Russian aristocracy met here in fabulous palaces and villas. The architecture is stunning with the unique baroque style of the Saint-Michel and Conception squares as well as the Saint-Michel Basilica façade. Alternatively you could visit one or more of the 8 gardens of Menton or head further afield to Nice by train or bus and visit its renowned market as well as the 'Promenade des Anglais'. Monaco also has much to offer, particularly its exotic garden which is hanging over the 'Rocher' giving a beautiful view over the city and the sea.
We take a train or bus to La Turbie via Monaco and follow a coastal path to the 14th century village of Eze.
Today we take a train or bus to La Turbie via Monaco. From here we have impressive views down over the famous principality and begin our walk on to the village of Eze. A pretty little 14th century village, Eze is famous for its production of clove and orange fruit. Built on a hill, it offers magnificent views of the coast. Walk: Distance 9 km Ascent 470 m Descent 775 m Time: 5 to 6 hours
Bus to Castellar to explore; walk to the French-Italian border before decending to Menton.
Taking the public bus we reach the perched village of Castellar. Dating back to the XV century, it is situated on the French Italian border and made up of winding cobbled streets, quaint shops and gives an insight into traditional mountain living. From here we walk up to the Italian border, those with the energy can walk all the way back to Menton whilst those looking for a more gentle day can hop on the public bus. Walk: Distance 13 km Ascent 180 m Descent 550 m Time: 5 to 6 hours
A short train ride to Saint Jean Cap Ferrat. From here we follow coastal trails along limestone cliffs.
For our last walk of the week we will enjoy another coastal walk around Saint Jean Cap Ferrat. After a transfer by train, we will walk along one of the most beautiful Cap of the French Riviera. Along the route we will see beautifully tended gardens flourishing with a mix or flora and fauna as our track follows limestone cliffs and near along the shoreline. To finish the afternoon, we will have time to visit Villefranche sur Mer with its citadelle of the XVI century and the Saint Pierre Chapel decorated by the famous French writer/cineast Jean Cocteau. Walk: Distance 11 km Ascent 50 m Descent 50 m Time: 4 to 5 hours