Go to Stage 2 Go to Stage 4 We did this section west to east i.e. Drap to north of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. Col de la Coupiere to col du Mont-Gros, 670m 3kmCol du Mont-Gros to col du Guerre, 556m 4kmCol du Guerre to la Gorra, 520m 2kmLa Gorra to Spraes, 450m 2kmSpraès to Drap, 105m 7km18km on the GR51, 21km total for the days walk. Tourist information links: Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, Drap, Nice
We stayed in Nice the previous night and caught the bus number 300 lignes d’Azur from Nice at 9am to Drap. A 20 minute journey. There are also a couple of trains at about this time too but we like the variety of transport and we even caught a tram as they had re-sited the terminus because of refurbishment of the gare routière.
After climbing up to the Plateau Tercier there are superb views north over the Paillon Torrent and towards the snowy southern Alps.
After the dramatic quarry views at la Gorra the D53 is
crossed at the rather uninteresting Col de Guerre. The next section is a bit surreal – the Monaco Golf Club is passed with its manicured greens, the dramatic Mont Agel fort towers above and then the road/track passes the transmission station for Radio Monte Carlo. At points here and at Mont Gres there are superb sea views and views of the urban Monte Carlo. We left the GR51 north of Les Ortas above the A8 snaking through the hills to join the path down to Roquebrune-Cap-Cap Martin. We stayed at Les Deux Frère here.
We did this section on 11th April 2011.