Les Gorges de Daluis

A spectacular red-rock canyon above the Var River, described as the Colorado of the Alps. At many points along the canyon, the road splits in two, with one direction tunnelling through rock and the other siding around the cliffs edge. […]

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Refuge de la Cayolle

There is a mountain refuge with beds and food just north of Col de la Cayolle. There are day walks of varying lengths that you can take from here, including the Lakes Circular Trail (Circuit des Lacs). […]

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Jausiers

In the town of Jausiers there are large villas built in the 19th and 20th centuries with fortunes made in Mexico. One of these is is Le Château des Magnans, now a hotel and restaurant. […]

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La Colmiane

In summer, the skifield at La Colmaine operates a luge, and its also possible to rent a bike for downhill mountain bike riding. The luge is 1670m long and makes a 400m vertical drop. Speak to the tourist office just off the main road on the route to the chairlift. […]

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Levanto

Levanto is a nice town with a broad beach good for swimming. It also has cheaper accommodation options that the Cinque Terre so is a good alternative place to stay if you’re on a budget. There isn’t much in the way of sights, but a 13th century castle and the black and white Church of […]

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The Cinque Terre

The Cinque Terre (‘the five lands’) is a wild stretch of coast known for its five stunning villages to be found along the way. Beautifully painted in all variety of pastel shades, the houses of these cove-side villages stack upon each other in a wild fashion, all packed tightly into the small spaces they are […]

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La Spezia

Although La Spezia enjoys an impressive setting, most people will prefer to spend their time at the villages along the Cinque Terre. La Spezia is a major naval base, and enthusiasts may wish to drop by the Technical Naval Museum. […]

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San Fruttuoso Abbey

From Portofino, you can hike around 90 minutes to San Fruttuoso abbey, in Portofino Natural Park. From the abbey, it’s a slightly longer hike of 2-3 hours to get to Camogli, or you can return by a 30 minute ferry. […]

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