Explore the Riviera back country

Walking holiday exploring the Riviera Back Country

In a nutshell

  • The Mountains and the Med – great back country guided walking holiday with glorious views up to the Mercantour and down to the Med!!
  • An opportunity to experience hot footing and hot eating!!!
  • A surprisingly cool and calm place to lay your head down in the evening
  • Duration : 8 days, 7 nights

What's it all about?

Head in the clouds and feet in the sea - as you are shown to your room in the charming village of Sainte Agnès, you can feel the sense of calm descending – the hustle of Nice airport and the A8 motorway soon becoming a distant memory.

For us the village has often been the start (or finish) of the bi-annual horse transhumance between the village and Le Boréon in the Mercantour. It′s very easy to be comfortable here as the pace of life is very un–Riviera!

We are delighted to offer a walking holiday here as the countryside is stunning, not as severe as our home territory in the Mercantour National Park, yet the effort expended affords superb views of the Mercantour massif to the north, and the shimmering Med to the south – with the promise of seeing Corsica bobbing up across the sea!

It is a great pleasure to walk in rolling country side, amongst the fragrance of lavender, rosemary and thyme.

From this region there is the real sense of the unique combination of influences which have shaped the Alpes-Maritimes. It is at a crossroads of Provence and Liguria to the west and east, and the Alps and the Med to the North and South.

Several of the walks start and finish in Sainte Agnès, and others in neighbouring villages so the drive time is limited.


The February 2015 departure includes a visit to either the Nice Carnaval or the Menton Lemon Festival – enjoy a day out Mardi Gras’ing taking in all the vitality of the party!!

  • Day 1 Pick up from Nice airport and transfer to Hotel Saint Yves- St Agnès. Approximately 1 hour’s drive.
  • Day 2 Mont Razet from Castillon. A stunning circular walk from Castillon, a village with stacks of history having been destroyed in an earthquake in 1887 and again in bombardments during WWII. While enjoying a superb view to the Med, the environment on Mont Razet at 1285m has a feel of the Alps.   Ascent/descent : 500m. Distance 7.8 Km.
  • Day 3 Mont Carpano from Castellar. Take a hoof to the Italian border for this pleasant walk. The start point is the fortified village of Castellar – which is nestled in the hills above Menton. The balcony walk along the evocatively named Plan du Lion offers a great view to the Castel del Lupo at 864m.   Ascent/descent : 450m. Distance 7.5 Km
  • Day 4 Cime de Baudon from St Agnès. Starting in the village this walk to the west takes you to the cime at 1266m. Views will be enjoyed to Gorbio and Roquebrune to the south.   Ascent/descent : 950m. Distance 13 Km.
  • Day 5 Day off to explore St Agnès village. Enjoy the village itself and soak up the atmosphere, or hop on the €1.50 down to Menton to enjoy the Italianate feel to this coastal town taking in the Jean Cocteau museum , or lunch in the 5 Star View – Le Righi in Ste Agnès.
  • Day 6 Le Grand Mont from Castellar. After a refreshing chill day, the Grand Mont is a good step out. It is, at 1379m, the dominant peak of the area, slap bang on the Italian border, north of Castellar.   Ascent/descent : 1100m. Distance 13.5 Km.
  •  Day 7 Mont Agaisen from Sospel. A short drive takes us to the charming town of Sospel with its riverfront position and charming historic square, from where the walk takes us to Mont Agaisen at 666m.   Ascent/descent : 400m. Distance 8 Km.
  •  Day 8 Transfer back to Nice airport - depart.

What's included

  • Accommodation : Seven nights at the Hotel Saint Yves in Sainte Agnès with full board. The hotel is a quaint family run concern with no pretensions and good home cooked country food.  The holiday includes breakfast, a picnic lunch prepared by us, plus dinner.  Drinks at guests’ cost.
  • Activities : Five days guided walking in and around the lower Roya Valley. See detailed itinerary above.
  • Transport : All transfers to and from Nice airport, and all transport during the week.

Dates :

2020 : TBA pending Covid–19 security updates

Grade :

Walking - Leisurely - suitable for adults and children of age 14 or over

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Pricing :

€1295 pp

No single supplement

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