The GR 51 is known as Les Balcons de la Cote d’Azur or Les Balcons de la Méditerranée. In parts it does just what it says: takes a route halfway up a ridge just above the coast, with fantastic views from the Italian border near Menton to Marseilles.
Go to Stage 1 and then links to all the other 18 stages we have walked. Also a page on the sections we haven’t walked yet.
Tourist information: Each stage has links to tourist information for cities, towns and villages that are passed or are nearby. There are also links to the places where we have stayed.
Maps – details of the IGN 1:25 000 required.
Distances – the sections as published in the out of print FFRP Topo-guide, useful for planning.
Transport - links to bus timetables, route maps and trains that cross the GR51 or are easily accessible from the path.
These pictures below give some idea of the variety of scenery we have seen. You can also look at the page on each day/stage for a bit more detail. Go to Stage 1. The stages that we have done will have to adapted to you walking preferences, transport and time. We have taken each stage to mean a day.
Walking this route gives you an idea of the countryside above the busy seaside resorts. We have met few walkers and none actually walking the GR51. perhaps it isn’t that popular. However, it does give an insight into the variety of scenery, people and customs of France. We have met some very interesting and helpful people, and stayed in some good hotels and generally good food – inexpensive and expensive!
The GR51 also has timings which haven’t been included as they are all based on 4km per hour.
This is a brief description and pictures of each section we have completed since 2011. We aim to complete the walk in 2013.
For a list of the maps required for all sections click here.
The waymarking is always a white red and white line with a red line beneath. Changes in direction are marked as these two photos.
A red cross signifies that it is not the way to go.
On some of the sections there are signposts which are numbered and have the GPS position marked on them. The number on the signpost is also on the newer IGN 1;25 000 maps.