Join Fabrice, a local UIMLA Mountain Leader, on this great day hike with spectacular views over the French Riviera, starting from the medieval village of Peille, close to Nice, in the beautiful Provence region.
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Oct, Nov, Dec
Is there a better hike close to Nice and Monaco, than a walk where you can enjoy the view over more than 100 km of the Mediterranean Sea coastline (from San Remo to Saint Tropez) and to the Alps at the same time ? Yes, if you hike up to Baudon Peak, wich culminates at 1200 meters right next to the sea!
We start from the medieval village of Peille, only 30 min from Nice, one of the biggest villages in our region during the Middle Ages. Not surprising as Peille was one of the main relay on the Salt Road, starting from Nice to the northern Alps! We will enjoy a visit the the village after the hike. Peille is located in the beautiful Provence region, in the Alpes-Maritimes department.
You will hike through a nice mediteranean vegetation with aromatic plants and even orchids in spring. Goats and ships herds may be around too, providing an interesting contrast.
The ascent to the peak is a little steep and rocky sometimes, on about 20% of the loop path. This is a program suitable for sporty people, so you need to have a good fitness level, as well as to bring good hiking boots. While hiking we will discover stunning wide panoramic views. The hike will take us about 4 hours and it involves a 620-meter ascent (2000 feet).
Find this proposal tempting? Just send me a request and we will start planning this fantastic hiking tour. Bear in mind this program is better enjoyed from October to May.
In summer, we always recommend to discover the Mercantour National park, with cooler temperatures due to its altitude. Take a look at the 1-day hike in the Mercantour National Park, or the Valley of Marvels 1-day or 2-day hiking trip in the park, or join me on a Calern and Gourdon Village hike near Cannes and the French Riviera.
- Guiding fee
The price includes guiding fee and a little snack// Picnic (with local food and specialities) may be provided with 10 €/pers charge.
-Price per person for a Group from 8 to 10 people: 30 EUR
-EQUIPMENT: Good walking boots (no tennis shoes!). Micro fleece and mountain t-shirts, if possible avoid cotton t-shirts. Cap. Water bottle (1 liter/pers minimum). Sun protection, eye protection. Vest may be usefull, specially from November to early may (may be hot too sometimes). "
Peille Village, 30 minutes from Nice, 1 hour from Cannes or Monte Carlo
I am a hiking guide (International Mountain Leader) who has been working all over France (including Provence and the Alps), Italy and Portugal since 2001. I speak fluent English due to my frequent trips to Taos Ski Valley (in New Mexico, USA where my family runs a great hotel and ski school), and my hiking trips in the American Southwest.
I live mainly in Nice (French Riviera), but I also move all over the Alps working in different alpine valleys. I often visit Martinique (French Caribbean island), where I enjoy rainforest and tropical hikes.
When I´m not guiding, I also work as a photographer, and like to climb, ski, play tennis, or kitesurf in my spare time. Additionally, I really enjoy botany and history.
I can guide you for a half day or for as many days as you like. I´ll take you to discover my favourite French Riviera alpine region, and the wild and large Mercantour National Park (counting 8 different valleys) near Nice, Monte Carlo and Cannes.
In my region we can enjoy the Mediterranean landscape at sea level. As we move into higher altitudes, we will discover alpine lakes, larch or pine forests, orchids and alpine flowers, open meadows, spectacular medieval perched villages and old baroque chapels and churches, with great historic value.
We can also discover the hiking hotspots in Provence such as Calanques National Park, Verdon gorges, Sainte Victoire and the Var region, with Saint Tropez a particular highlight.
I also love to hike in Italy in the very famous world heritage Cinque Terre (the amazing national park of the "Five Lands"), or in Liguria near San Remo.
And finally, I always enjoy taking my guests to the northern Alps: to Chamonix and Mont Blanc´s amazingly large panoramas or to the great Vanoise National Park, the largest in the heart of French Alps.
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Fabrice was a wonderful guide with a wide knowledge of not only the history of the area but the flora and fauna of the French Mediterranean coast. The hike provided beautiful views of the cities along the coast as well as the mountains behind them. Highly recommend both the hike and the guide.
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