A self-guided hike from La Brigue, on the France/Italy border, down the Roya Valley to beautiful Menton on the Riviera, taking in Saorge, Breil, Sospel, and Ste Agnes.
Grade: medium-hard or medium
Villages perchés to Belle Epoque Menton
After a spectacular railway journey you start your walk in one of the most remote parts of France. The medieval village of La Brigue offers the chance to explore fascinating winding alleyways and old town houses, as do the villages perchés high over the Roya valley and the town of Saorge, which climbs steeply up the valley side (you could also opt to spend the night here from May to September to create a continous walk). Visit the ancient towns of Breil and Sospel and stay in the astonishing mountain-top village of Ste. Agnès, with views across to the Mediterranean. Finally arrive in Menton itself, Belle Epoque faded splendour now being restored to its former glory, and a stroll down the promenade before dining well in one of its restaurants. This route can be walked as a medium-hard walk or, using shortening options, as a medium graded one, and the route is well signed. Walked by On Foot staff: Simon, Mary and Debbie
Standard option: (see 'Itinerary") - 7 nights. But you can add rest days in any hotel, or why not a night in Saorge (May to Sept), an extra night in Menton, or a night in Nice at start or finish?
6-night option (miss night 5) - walk full route and miss Sospel circular walk.
5-night option (one night in each hotel) - choose between the walks on days 2 and 3 and miss Sospel circular walk.
4-night option: Stay La Brigue, Sospel, Ste Agnes, Menton, walk days 2, 6 and 7
Self-Guiding introduction by Richard Petitjean (subject to his availability) - accompanying you on your first one or two walking days, or guiding services for whole walking route. See "Prices".