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High Liguria

This is not a ride, but a journey, an experience that will make you lose all sense of time.   A dive into pastoralism and the authenticity of Liguria, also called Riviera dei fiori; the cultivation of flowers and herbs is a tradition there. Between sea, mountains and authentic gastronomy, it is one of the Italian regions most famous for its cuisine. Each stage promises to delight your taste buds! The terrain varies quickly, between forests ofhardwoodscrubland and steep maraplin reliefs.

Hugh Liguria
7 Days - 1650€

May 7 - 14

The following itinerary is given as an example, we change it every year depending on the quality of the paths, snow cover, accommodation and desires. The final itinerary will be sent to you a maximum of one month before departure. The starting point may be different from the arrival point. If this is the case, we will take care of the transfers.

D1 / Meet at 5 p.m. in Sainte-Agnès

Night in a double room in Saint-Yves hotel

D2 / 6 hours of horse riding

Departure at 9 a.m. from the Village
From the first day, the general scenery takes place: below, the sea, above, the mountains. The first tracks allow you to slowly familiarize yourself with your horse. The hamlet of Monti, then the village of Castellar: a gentle transition from civilization to the maquis! The entire French Riviera reveals its architecture as Menton, Monaco and Nice, even, are linked in the landscape on the horizon. We cross the border via a goat trail that we opened ourselves. A crossing in the scrubland that one might think primary leads us gradually to our evening stop: Mortola, a hamlet overlooking the sea. We stop at Alto Blu, an entirely blue B&B.

  • Gaits: Gallop and trot on the slopes, not in the bush. 

  • Picnic prepared by us

  • Overnight: at Alto Blu, dinner at the village restaurant. 

D3 / 7 hours of riding​

Once we have crossed the border, we begin the discovery of secret Liguria. We take the first mountains above the sea and cross the medieval villages, once abandoned and now re-inhabited: Villatella, Torri, Collabassa. We cross the first Italian valley to reach our evening stage, in Olivetta. 

  • Paces: Day with varied paces, a bit of elevation gain in the afternoon, trot and gallop on the flats.

  • Picnic prepared by us

  • Night: 1/2 board in apartment in the village;Remolydays, (in a villa, sometimes)

D4 / 7 hours of riding

We cross the  Bévéra to reach the hamlet of Fanghetto, We attack a climb, another almost forgotten path which little by little reveals the generations who lived there, to reach the Alta via; military track which follows the highest ridges above the sea. It takes us to the Gol di Gouta refuge.

  • Paces: Day with varied paces, a bit of elevation gain in the afternoon, trot and gallop on the slopes.

  • Picnic prepared by us

  • Night: 1/2 board in collective dormitory at Gol di Gouta

Day 5 / 7 hours of riding

We go down to the village of Pigna via a particularly hidden path!  We stop for lunch in the village of Pigna. The impression of traveling through time will be enhanced by lunch where your taste buds will be delighted. In the afternoon, we head towards Langan. The traces of the intensity of cultivation in the past are striking: dry stone walls, arbergh, watering troughs, etc. It seems that no one else takes this path but us! We arrive at the Rifugio late in the afternoon. A farm inn which is very close to the ideal farm! The view from the rooms over the valley is breathtaking! 

  • Lunch at the restaurant

  • Night in a double or triple room

  • 1/2 board in Agriturismo the rifugio 

D6 / 7 hours of Horseback

We plunge into the valleys which conceal secrets, and which ones! After a descent through the undergrowth, we reach the Trioria valley. The perched village looms in the distance as we follow the banks of the river. We pass it and stop at Molini di Trioria. The village, built on the banks of the river, is best known for its...witches! Every year a big festival ignites the valley, even the inquisition had its resistance!

We go back up to the other side and take a path that takes us absolutely away from civilization. During this cross-country journey, it feels like we are in another space-time. In the evening, we sleep in what will become, a few weeks later, the mountain pastures of Italian sheep breeders. Small furnished houses provide us with well-deserved comfort! 

  • Picnic prepared by us

  • Night in a double or triple room

  • Dinner prepared by our hosts

Day 7 / 7 hours of riding

We go back down into the valley, cross the river and begin our return to the coast. We cross an abandoned military camp, worthy of a Borges novel, before finding a more reassuring path and very quickly reaching Monte Ceppo. Two flat hills which peak at 1600m and offer a breathtaking panorama of the Mediterranean Sea and the Alps.

After a descent between various species of trees, we arrive at our evening stop at the village of Bajardo. For this last step, comfort is essential! A particularly comfortable guest room welcomes us, we dine in the restaurant in the evening. The view from breakfast is simply unforgettable. 

  • Picnic prepared by us

  • Night in a double or triple room:B&B Camelie del bosco

  • Dinner at the village restaurant

Day 8 / 6 hours of riding

We go down to the sea via different tracks and paths. Secret Liguria reveals its landscapes and its ways of life to us, we can see a good panorama at Mont Bignone, for coffee. We then follow different ridges, that of the mountains which flow into the sea. The land soon becomes sand. We have lunch with a quite breathtaking panorama over the bay of San Remo. Depending on the state of the troop, we end the hike in Seborga, a self-proclaimed principality (lol) or near the port, in Bordighera. 

Motorized return for mounts and riders. 

The ride takes place in the mountains, it is essential to have good physical condition. All descents are done on foot, these, for themore long, can last 2 hours and represent up to a thousand meters of descent.

Everything is included in the price (accommodation, transfers mentioned in the description, picnic), only drinks in the evening at the stages will have to be paid extra. 

it is possible to book an additional night at the end of the hike, we can also organize a transfer for you from the station or the airport. Price on request

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