A short ride to discover the landscape of the french-italian south border. Between sea, mountain and authentic gastronomy, it’s one of the most famous Italian areas for its cooking, and we make stops in hotels and restaurants each evening, which promise to treat your taste bud.
The Border- 3 Days- 500€
8/5/20 - 10/5/20
30/5/20 - 1/6/20
D1 / 6h riding
As soon as the first day begins, the general scenery sets in : sea on the bottom, mountains on top. The first tracks make possible to be quietly familiarized with your mount. The Monti hamlet, then the Castellar village : sweet transition from civilization to the scrubland ! It’s the whole Riviera which reveals its architecture because Menton, Monaco and even Nice, at the horizon, are connected in the landscape. We cross the border by a cow path that we opened ourselves. A crossing through the scrubland which one could believe unsophisticated leads us gradually to our night stage : Mortola, a hamlet which overlooks the sea. We sleep at Alto Blu, an entirely blue B&B.
Gaits : Galop and trot on dort roads, walk in the crib land.
Pic-pic prepared by us
Night : @ Alto Blu, diner at the village restaurant.
D2 / 7h riding
Border crossed, we start the discovery of the secret Liguria. We pass by the first moutains over the sea and cross medieval villages, formerly deserted and now restored : Villatella, Torri, Colla Bassa. We cross over the first italian valley to reach our overnight stay in Olivetta, a typical Ligurian village.
Gaits : various gaits day, a little difference of lever during the afternoon, trot and gallop on the berms
Lunch at Torri eco village restaurant
Night : 1/2 board in an apartment in Olivetta : Remolydays
D3 / 7h riding
We cross the village at sunrise to take the stone bridge belonging to the old mill and to climb in the direction of the Pas dell Treitore… Almost 1000m of height difference, where we have the impression to go back in time. There are marks of the former cultures : walls made of dry stones, arbergh, drinking trough… We stop to lunch in a clearing, in a mountain refugee, an oasis of calm. During the afternoon, we come back in France, by a cow path again ! We come back peacefully in Sainte Agnès by the Castillon saddle, last tracks offer an amazing view of the sea, just to greet the scenery that have carried us away.