Guidebook to walking and trekking in the Maritime Alps on the border of Italy and France, just north of Nice. It includes 18 graded day walks, on both the French and the Italian sides, ranging from 6km to 20km in length and suitable for a range of abilities. There are also 6 long treks, including a 5-day traverse of the Parc National du Mercantour and a 7-day traverse of the Parco Naturale delle Alpi Marittime.
Detailed route descriptions sit alongside colour maps, and there is full information about accommodation options down in the valleys and up in the mountains. Useful French-English and Italian-English glossaries of walking terminology are included, too.
Rising to over 3000m above the sun-drenched French Riviera, the Maritime Alps form the western edge of the mighty Alpine chain. Wildflower lovers will also appreciate the remarkable range of flowers, including many unique to the area. Worlds away from the hustle and bustle and crowds of the coast this is a marvellous area for novice walkers and seasoned long-distance trekkers alike.
Gillian Price was born in England but has lived in Venice for many years. Gillian has steadily explored the mountain ranges of Italy, and Corsica, and brought them to life for visitors in a series of outstanding guides for Cicerone. She is an active member of the Italian Alpine Club (CAI) and Mountain Wilderness.
Introduction The Maritime Alps Walking Rock engravings Plantlife Wildlife Exploring the Maritime Alps Information Access When to go Accommodation Dos and don'ts What to take Maps Emergencies Using this guide The walks 1 Fontanalba Rock Engravings Circuit 2 Mont Bego Loop 3 Vallee de la Roya to Vallee de Vesubie Trek 4 Upper Vallee de la Gordolasque 5 Lacs de Prals Circuit 6 Ancient Passes above Madone de Fenestre 7 Vallon du Haut Boreon Circuit 8 Lacs Bessons 9 Around the Argentera 10 Lac des Adus Loop 11 The Great Lakes Tour 12 The Alpi Marittime Trek 13 The Valasco Tour 14 The Fremamorta Loop 15 Rifugio Bozano 16 Rifugio Remondino and Lago di Nasta 17 Vallone di Lourousa 18 Traversing Colle di Fenestrelle 19 Rifugio Pagari Loop 20 Vallon del Vei del Bouc 21 Gorge della Reina 22 Vallone degli Alberghi 23 Costa di Planard 24 The Border Forts Appendix 1 French-English and Italian-English glossaries Appendix 2 Walk summary table