A walk around Mont-Macaron

Summer heat is in full swing and us doggies on the French Riviera have to either get up very early for our walk, wait until the evening or (my preferred choice) go up in the hills where it is cooler.

We found a great walk in the hills above Tourettes-Levens.

Here it is on the map:

My human and I went off to do the walk called ‘Crête du Mont-Macaron’, otherwise known as ‘Ridge of Mont-Macaron’, which is just above Tourette-Levens and Châteauneuf-Villevieille in the hills behind Nice.

Views from Mont-Macaron:

View from Mont Macaron to the coast

View from Mont Macaron the other way to the mountains

Although you would expect an up and down walk in the hills, the walk we know is actually quite flat since we are already high up and we follow the ridge trail around the hill tops.

Path around Mont Macaron:

This trail also links to the famous GR51 Balcony of the Côte D’Azur

My human likes this walk since most of the paths are on open view and you can see well ahead and behind. 

The path is easy to follow and well sign-posted:

It is about a 2 – 3 hour walk all in and not too hard on the paws with lots of butterflies accompanying us along the way.  The butterlies like this area, there is even a Butterfly Museum.

Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.  ~Henry David Thoreau

Paw-friendly paths: 

There’s one short steep bit to take your time over but it’s ok and it’s downhill with lots of rocks to support you :

There are stunning panoramic sea views as well as mountain valleys of distant L’Estéron and Vesubie to stop and enjoy:

We started at the col of Châteauneuf where you find the old medieval ruins of Châteauneuf and Chapel St-Josef

There is super flat ground right infront of the ruins where I can have a great gallop around as my ‘pre-walk zoomies’ warm up.

Unfortunately, none of my doggie buddies were around to come with us that day, so I had to make up my own entertainment whilst Vikki sorted out her rucksack full of my goodies and water for our walk.

Keeping myself busy:

Off we went on our 7 km walk. 

Here’s a map of our route(also found on official map”Nice-Menton” – TOP 25 n° 3742 OT 1:25.000e)

During the walk, we had a rest under some trees and Vikki got out some macaron biscuits to eat in honour of our walk around ‘Mont-Macaron’! Except she realised she had actually got some coconut macaroon  biscuits!  She was muttering away about the differences between a French macaron and a macaroon (good grief!)…click here if you are interested in each country’s interpretation of the ‘macaron’…’macaroon’!  Anyway, I wasn’t interested at all since I had my special meatball treats to chomp on…yum yum!

Macarons … Macaroons!

On a nice day and once on the trail with the sea view, there is always a gentle breeze coming up from the coast which is very refreshing. 

There are lots of shady places to have a moment’s rest. Look who I came across enjoying a pause in the shade:

The Shorties (oops sorry…I mean Wiener dogs) were enjoying a small part of the trail before heading back.  It was nice to meet them since normally we don’t see anyone during the whole walk!

Can you see the path behind me that I had just walked?

Vikki says sometimes it’s a welcome change for us to be up above the coast away from it all enjoying the views and nature in such a quiet, beautiful place 🙂

After a day’s walk everything has twice its usual value.  ~George Macauley Trevelyan


About bigdogzola

Hello - I'm Zola! I'm a Rhodesian Ridgeback Girl with my own Dog Blog! For the first three years of my life, I lived on the French Riviera. Now I have moved and am enjoying the lush green forests and country life in England. Welcome to a big dog's life!
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2 Responses to A walk around Mont-Macaron

  1. Wow…that looks like a great walk ;))only 2 more nights and were coming South to,its autumn here ,brrrrrr.

  2. Remi says:

    Wow! It’s BEAUTIFUL there!!!! That looks like a super nice walk!

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