This hiking holiday in the beautiful Alpi Ligure begins and ends in the medieval village of Ceriana, the center of a huge network of trails connecting the french Alpi Maritimes to the west and stretching hundreds of miles in a crescent along the bay of Genova to the south.
Ceriana, which is perched on a cliff in the end of the Armea Valley only a few miles from the Riviera, is an authentic Ligurian mountain village and a true gem for those who would like to experience genuine Ligurian mountain culture.
On this selfguided tour, you will follow the trails from village to village, enjoying magnificent views of Alps to the north and the Mediterranean only a few miles to the south-west. Every evening there will be a hot three course meal and a comfortable bed waiting for you, and as the daily hiking distances are ‘manageable’, you will probably have time for an evening stroll in the village.
This hiking tour is for those who are looking for a short, but active weekend break away in a beautiful and authentic region of Italy. A true unspoilt pearl – and heavenly food!
PICK UP POINT
Nice Cote d’Azur Airport
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
Five day hiking holiday
NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
Hike the Ligurian Alps
We will pick you up in the Nice Airport and drive you to Ceriana (350M), where our local contact will be ready to meet you. Having made yourself comfortable in your house and taken int he beautiful view from the terracce, you’ ll have plenty of time to discover the ancient streets of Ceriana, before having dinner at the local trattoria. The three course meal will be a typical, local menu with plenty of pasta and polenta. Beware, when Dario, the host offers you his homemade Grappa!
When you have enjoyed your breakfast on the terracce or local cafe, you will begin your hike towards Bajardo (900m). First part of the hike is fairly steep, but the views of the Armea Valley and the sea are magnificent. After an hour and a half, you will reach the ridge of the first mountain and the toughest part of is done. From here you will walk along the ridge, accross a small mountain road and further up the mountain towards Bajardo, which has an amazing 360 degree view. Your room and a shower will be ready for you in a local B&B and later, a hot three course meal, including a range of local dishes.
The next morning you will begin your hike towards Badalucco with a lunch break on Monte Ceppo (1650m) on the way: This will be the most spectacular scenery on the way with the Mediterranean on one side and the Alps on the other. Bring a sandwich and a drink, an you will be able to enjoy your lunch in the most beautiful landscape imaginable. After lunch, you’ll continue, mostly downwards, to Badalucco, a larger village with several restaurants and bars.
The next day you will continue back to Ceriana, crossing the ridge, you walked along the first day. This trail runs through forrest mostly, but you will also find excellent view points on the way with views to the sea and the valleys on both sides. Depending on the season, you might spot wildlife such as rabbits, deer and wildboars. Back in Ceriana, your apartment will be ready for you and a lovely hot meal at Dario and Esmeraldas trattoria.
After breakfast at home or at the local cafe, we will make sure you get to Nice in time for your flight home.