Spectacular views, Provençal sunshine, wild nature, sea and mountains – the land between Nice and Menton is a hiking heaven.
There are around 60 walking/climbing routes officially created, maintained and indicated in the Côte d’Azur/Alpine region. You can find out more about all of them from brochures available at tourist offices (Les Guides Randoxygene), unfortunately only in French.
Below few routes I tried and checked for you, they are spectacular any time of the year and safe and easy in winter even for beginners. You won’t need any special equipment but it’s useful to have a warm jacket, especially if you plan to climb and comfortable walking shoes. So leave you heels for the evening, pack something to eat and let’s go.
1. Trophee d’ Auguste
Distance – around 6.5km
Difficulty – medium/easy
Duration – 3h30
The trophy is a huge monument Augustus, the founder and first Emperor of the Roman Empire, built in La Turbie to celebrate his victory over the Lugurian tribes of the area. The views from the village, especially over Monaco, are one of the best in the whole Riviera.
The walk starts and finishes at the Monaco railway station – take the east exit to Boulevard Princess Charlotte and turn left to Avenue d’Alsace and then through rue Pascal to Boulevard Moneghetti and through Chemin de Turbie (partly via stairs) cutting Route de Moyenne Corniche. Then follow signs to La Turbie (the path is well indicated) and the trophy. More information about the Trophy and how to access it (there is a fee applied) can be found here.
On the way back choose the road going to Monaco from the east (through Avenue de la Pinede or Chemin de la Batterie) via an old Roman road.
If you want you walk a bit off the track to Tête de Chien (just follow the signs from La Turbie, one way should take around 20 minutes) – the view from the top is simply remarkable.
There won’t be many places on the way to stop for a snack or meal but La Turbie is a relatively large town with plenty of restaurants and shops. You can also depending on the time start or finish your expedition with lunch at Monaco i.e. at the food hall of Condamine Market – best prices in the whole Principality and great local food. We particularly like socca from the little corner shop eaten with few glasses of rose from next door Bar ‘Le Zinc’.