By Judy Churchill
Local Walks on your Doorstep
Monaco to La Turbie
If you are looking for a local scenic hike that starts from Monaco itself but with history and culture thrown in to boot, then this is the hike for you.
This hike combines sport with a local history lesson but check the opening hours of the grounds and museum of the Trophée d’Auguste before you set off and make sure you have some cash for the entrance tickets.
This is a Happy Hiker blue level hike which starts at the upper level of Monaco train station and will take you about 3.5 hours to complete plus the time you spend visiting the monument. There is a vertical gain of 460m and the total distance is 6.5 km.
“La Turbie has several good restaurants so if you could combine this hike with lunch in the village”
Starting from upper ‘Pont Sainte Devote’ exit of the Monaco train station, walk up behind the station into Beausoleil via the avenue d’Alsace which takes you up to Place des Monegetti just in front of a chapel. Walk up right to find the start of Chemin de la Turbie (steps). This is an initial steep climb which takes you up to a small square clearing where the real path starts on the left. Keep zigzagging your way up the path through the hillside enjoying the amazing views until you reach the flat path at the top and carry on up to just below the thicket of pine trees. Go up left through the thicket and into la Turbie via avenue de la Pinède and then via Julia. There are sign post way markers at appropriate points pointing you in the right direction.
Enjoy your visit to the Trophée d’Auguste and then come down an entirely different way via the Roman road (chemin Romain) which starts just after the fire station on the right. Follow the path down until you reach the point where this path crosses the one used to come up and follow the same route back down the chemin de la Turbie to Monaco.
As this hike can be done all year round it’s another good one to do during the winter months.
When walking, I advise taking hiking sticks, as they will help you on both the ascents and the way down. They also guarantee you get a full body work out. You’ll need a cap and sunglasses to keep the sun off your face (the sun is a lot stronger in the hills and mountains so don’t forget the sunscreen). Remember to take more water than you think you’ll need (at least a litre and a half per person) and enough protein bars for during and after the hike. I always have a high fibre, high protein breakfast before I set off which means that I don’t need to carry a large picnic with me as good protein bars are sufficient (always take a couple of extra ones). Purpose-made hiking boots/shoes, a roll-up rain jacket, first aid kit and a rucksack are a must and you will need lighter wear for the Spring/Summer season and heavier/warmer for Autumn and Winter. I have a Bogner zip-up, long-sleeved, light-weight golfing jacket from One Eagle Monaco which not only enables full range of movement but is also great for cooler Spring/Autumn walks as it keeps you at the perfect body temperature. In the winter months you will need extra layers of clothing, gloves, a warm hat and thicker socks. Last but not least, you will need the IGN TOP 25 map n° 3742 OT map (Nice-Menton) to mark out your trail before you set off.
If you are a French speaker you can also find the hike on this link: https://randoxygene.departement06.fr/pays-mentonnais/trophee-d-auguste-9252.html but you will still need your IGN map as these on-line guides are only approximate. There are also hike specific apps such as Visorando, which have both free and purchasable versions and can be very useful guides and even have GPS options https://www.visorando.comhttps://www.visorando.comwhic.
If you have Strava you can record your walk on this app and it will give you lots of fascinating statistics at the end as well as totalling up the number of km/altitude you do in any given year.
When you’re done, I strongly recommend a foot massage using Young Living Essential Foot Oil (a combo of Rosemary, Peppermint and Lavender) – your feet will thank you later!
Enjoy your hike and don’t forget your camera!
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