Organized bus trips, for all their benefits, have one major drawback: they are not purpose-made for hiking, and any opportunity they may offer for a walk is purely coincidental At best, you can find the space for a brief excursion, but at worst, you are virtually stuck in the bus for the whole day.
You will see a lot, but mainly through the windows of your vehicle. This is
… How to Go Easy Hiking in the Italian Riviera Backcountry
Last week, I told you about the bus company Zest and its daily tours from Menton into the arrière pays, the French Riviera’s mountainous back country. Of these altogether ten different day trips, most are going to places that also are, in principle, available on Zest’s ordinary lines.
The problem is that the schedules of these “ordinary lines” (that often run no more than twice day) are mainly arranged
… Discover the Most Storied Backcountry Village of the French Riviera
When you want to go hiking on the French Riviera, there are good reasons for preferring either the coast or the back country, the mountainous arrière pays
One possible reason for going one way or the other is undoubtedly the right psychological “match” between hiker and route.
The coast at its best is friendly and open, but can also be loud, brash and more than a little vulgar. The
… Go Hiking on the French Riviera Back Country
Castellar is a vaguely picturesque medieval village just to the north of Menton on the French Riviera, and on its own (we might as well be honest about this), it is not worth the trip. Castellar’s 972 inhabitants may hate me for saying this, but such are the risks of boldly speaking truth to power. Still, there are generally quite a few visitors around, even at this time of year. So what attracts all these
… Go Hiking Up Castellar in the French Riviera
Biot is that rare thing of a Riviera hilltop town: as unassuming, authentic and unspoilt as you can expect any town in this part of the world to be The stretch between Antibes and Nice Airport is, without a doubt, the ugliest section of the Cote d’Azur: on the one side of the road and railway tracks, you have a straight and featureless coastline (largely lifeless, too, with only few scattered swimmers around, even in
… In the French Riviera, the Back Country Wins!