Today we walk from France into Italy returning to Sospel in France. The walk starts with a short transfer to Breil sur Roya. The route travels via Italy and the colourful town of Olivetta and then back again to the medieval town of Sospel. A slight ascent above the village gives you an immediate reward with a wonderful panorama of the valley
Breil sur Roya forms a compact crescent around a narrow rocky spur, nestled in the deep Roya valley. The colourful cobbled streets and ancient buildings are a delight to explore. You’ll hear both languages –French & Italian-and feel both influences in food, culture, and in architecture. It’s worth mentioning that the Breil sur Roya market is on Tuesday & Thursday morning
There are two choices in paths above the village and we’ve chosen the one less travelled, following abandoned stone terraces, now dotted with olive trees. You reach the stunning ghost town of Piène Haute, more Italian than French, perched high above the valley. A shortened version of today’s walk is available.
Walking: Moderate / 15km or 10km / 5.5 hrs or 4 hrs / +600 / -550m or +330 / -490m
Meals: Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: La Chapelle Saint Gervais