France - Provence Self-guided walking from Nice to Menton

France - Provence Self-guided walking from Nice to Menton

Self-guided hiking tour between Nice and Menton on the French Riviera and the Alps.

Behind the French Riviera and the coastline, the Alps rise dramatically. 

The strip of land along the coast is as renowned as the inland is unknown by many , even though this area is dotted with perched villages that have escaped the glitz and glamour of the towns along the sea. 
The centuries-old paths lead from one village to the next, with stunning sceneries on both the mountain and the Mediterranean Sea.

The tour ends in the colorful town of Menton, one of the prettiest villages of the coastline, where you can stroll along the beaches and enjoy an ambiance only the Côte d Azur can offer...


Hotels can be upgraded in Menton and nights can be added in Nice as well.

Day 1

Nice > La Brigue You arrive on your own in the timeless village of La Brigue - by train - nestled in the mountains near the Italian border, with its beautiful architecture and its centuries-old homes with colourful façades. The village traded its Italian flag for a French one in 1947, and much of this valley is bathed in a Franco-Italian fusion of language, food, and culture. Night in La Brigue

Day 2

La Brigue > Tende > La Brigue (4h20 - 7.5 miles) You climb from the town of La Brigue, up a tight valley laden with wild lavender, thyme, and winter savoury. Passing the ruins of stone dwellings, you reach the Boselia pass and begin a breathtaking and panoramic descent along the slope towards Tende, the very last town before the Italian border. Take a well-deserved pause in town, at a local café or restaurant. Though we have marked a walking route to return to La Brigue, the railway line links both villages, and so you can take the train to return. Night in La Brigue

Day 3

Breil sur Roya > Olivetta > Sospel (3h30 - 6.5 miles) A scenic and short bus/train/taxi transfer takes you to the town of Breil sur Roya, lower in the valley, nestled between the mountains and the Roya River. From Breil, a path leads you along centuries-old terraces through the olive groves. You reach the tiny village of Piène Haute, seemingly lost on its rocky perch, with a year-round population of only 30 souls. From here you descend a valley adorned with ancient olive trees, and arrive smack on the border between France and Italy. Embark on a small detour to the quaint Italian village of Olivetta for lunch before walking above a spectacular gorge to Sospel.

Day 4

Sospel > Sainte Agnes (4h - 6.2 miles) Picnic included A short transfer takes you to the Col de Castillon pass, where you are teased with views of the shining blue Med Sea. You follow a path under the shade of an ash forest and zigzag upward towards the watchtower of Mont Ours before the true panorama is laid out: the entire Riviera and even the island of Corsica in clear weather. The medieval town of Sainte Agnes sits perched like an eagle's nest between you and the sea. Sainte Agnès is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France, its narrow cobbled streets built over the centuries with massive granite blocks. Only 3km from the sea as the crow flies, and perched at 800m in altitude, Sainte Agnès is listed as Europe's highest coastline village.

Day 5

Sainte Agnès > Menton (4h30 - 8.7 miles) Picnic included You leave Sainte Agnès to descend into a lush valley, framing the hilltop Castellar. This sleepy village with quiet streets, sole grocery store, bar and two restaurants, is the last bastion of tranquility before arriving on the Riviera. From Castellar you find and old path winding down, and soon you've reached a set of ancient steps set directly above the old village of Menton. Spend time raoming along the colourful labyrinth of streets in the old town before a small stretch of boardwalk leading to your hotel. Night in Menton.

Day 6

End of your trip after breakfast. Too much to see and do in Menton ..! And that's why we suggest an extra night here in Menton, probably the prettiest town on the Mediterranean, to explore the most happening place on the planet...

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Self guided WALKING
Duration :
6 Days
From :
660 €

Included : (see details in Dates and Prices section)

2 star hotels and guest houses- Half Board

Luggage transfer

An English road book and a map.

English speaking email or phone assistance




Starts in :  Nice

Ends in : Menton

Access :  train station. Airport





Information : click on "ask for more information"

Phone Cecile : +33 5 58 48 71 65


Customize your tour : add or remove one night or more,combine with another tour


See also :






The cultural mesh of Italian and French influences

The lost village of La Brigue, on the Italian border

The magnificent perched village of Sainte Agnès