From the ancient town of La Turbie this 2 hour walk rises 220m to the Route de la Simboula with its magnificent views along the Riviera coast. From the highest point at 670 m you can see the Estérel Mountains in the west and Bordighera in Italy in the east.
This walk is part of a series of routes promoted by the Department of Alpes-Maritimes and is defined as easy on their classification scale.
From La Turbie to the summit
We did this walk on a Sunday and there were no parking places in the centre of the village of La Turbie. However, we found a parking place to the west of the village in the direction of the walk.
You may want to combine the walk with a visit to the village itself and it’s Roman monument. The Trophy of the Alps, as the tower is called was built in 6 BC and once was topped by a statue of Augustus.
Leave the village in a westerly direction and soon the route veers off to the right and climbs almost immediately. You are soon in a position to look back and see the village laid out before you.
The path continues to climb and soon splits. We took the northern path heading to Col D’Eze.
This well maintained path rises slowly with wonderful views towards the Alps.
The path changes from a well maintained path to a gravel track. This is nearly the top.
Fabulous views along the coast
Turn the bend and your first glimpse of the panoramic views coming up.
Moving further along what is now a paved track you get a clearer view of the coast below. This section of the route is called the Route de la Simboula
From the path we climbed a little but further to the “Table d’orientation de la Simboula”, in other words a panoramic viewpoint of the coast east and west.
From the viewpoint downwards along the mud and rocky path the flora is dominated by short evergreen oaks. It is not long before you rejoin the main route and get a clearer view of the easterly coastline.
You are now coming towards the end of the trip and turning another bend La Turbie comes back into view. Look carefully behind the ancient tower and you can see the building site that is now Monaco. I have wondered if there are more cranes in Monaco than residents.
The way now turns back again and you are facing north. It is always worth remembering that you are in the mountains and the clouds can descend very quickly.
Fortunately for us we remained in the sun as we descended back to La Turbie and our car. La Turbie 2 hour walk is invigorating 2 hour walk and provides breathtaking views what better ways are there to spend your time?
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