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Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
La Bollène-Vésubie / Moulinet / Sospel
Vallée de la Bévéra
Parc National du Mercantour
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A Tarred or paved road
B Dirt track
C Mule trail
D Mountain trail
E Equipped trail (cables, ladders)
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D61 Col de Turini » Sospel
Trail crossing
  |   8h45   |   18.9 km   |   725 m   |   2007 m

This last, low-altitude, stage on the Blue Trail, takes the GR® 52A. It enters the core zone of the Mercantour national park just after the village of Moulinet and leaves it at the “Bandita de Barrins” area on the southernmost edge of the Mercantour national park. Next, a descent brings you to the stage destination, Sospel, a medieval village at the heart of the Bévéra valley.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
Col de Turini
1617 m
| D  2.7 km / 0h45
Baisse de Patronel
1616 m
| D  4.8 km / 2h00
787 m
| D  7.8 km / 3h00
Baisse de Figuiera
748 m
| D  3.6 km / 3h00
348 m
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  • Socrate Georgiades - 2019-09-06
    Le camping du Moulinet semblait abandonné quand j'y suis passé cet été au mois d'août. En revanche, il est possible de bivouaquer juste à côté et de bénéficier de l'eau très pure de la rivière qui coule en contrebas en allant vers le petit pont de pierre.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    The Moulinet campsite seemed abandoned when I went there this summer in August. On the other hand, it is possible to bivouac right next to and to benefit from the very pure water of the river which flows below going towards the small stone bridge.
  • frankie9594 - 2017-10-13
    Monaco- Trieste

    Trail from Sospel to Moulinet was easy to follow. There is a family run camping platz that can be found taking the road east out of Moulinet. Restaurants and a grocery store can be found here as well (Grocery closed when I arrived).

    As stated before, there are tourist hotels to stay in in Col de Turini.
  • Maya CG - 2014-07-23
    In Moulinet gibt es ein ausgezeichnetes Resto grad vis-à-vis der Kirche: Grain de Sel. Sehr gutes Essen und liebenswürdige Besitzerin
    Automatic translation [Google]
    In Moulinet there is an excellent Resto degree vis-à-vis the Church: Grain de Sel. Very good food and gracious owner
  • Thierry M. - 2013-11-22
    Monaco - Trieste
    Sospel Camping ground is located nearby Sospel center, nice church there.

    Followed blue trail because lots of remaining snow was still available in the vallee des merveilles in June 2013

    Leaving Sospel following GR52 to enter Mercantour National park.

    GR52 keeps going up..Via alpina goes down to Moulinet.
    Camping ground and gite d etape in Moulinet, bar/restaurant le trou du renard where JO 66 will delight you with local home made cooking

    Tourists hotels and restaurants are available at Col de Turini
    Possible to grab some fresh water and go down towards Bollene Vesubie where a hut/shelter is open and available (free roof), there was markers (cabane pastorale if i recall correctly) pointing direction to the hut/shelter and it appears on IGN map I had too

    Details of this stage Sospel - Bollene Vesubie : 8h10 walking, 4hours resting
  • Sabine_Bade - 2013-05-15
    Vorsicht beim Zwischenziel Moulinet:
    Die kommunale Gîte bietet keine Verpflegung!
    Was wichtig ist, da es im Ort keinerlei Möglichkeit gibt, abends essen zu gehen.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Be careful when intermediate target Moulinet: The municipal gite has no meal! What is important, because there is no way the place to go eat dinner.
  • Jean-Luc - 2010-03-10
    A Sospel, évitez ABSOLUMENT le gîte du Mercantour. L'état de propreté des chambres laisse franchement à désirer. Literie plus que douteuse, sanitaires sales...
    Automatic translation [Google]
    A Sospel, ABSOLUTELY avoid the lodging of Mercantour. The cleanliness of the rooms left to be desired. Bedding more than doubtful, health sales ...
  • Sabine_Bade - 2009-06-24
    Der Wegverlauf ist auf der Karte verkehrt verzeichnet. Die Etappe folgt zur Gänze dem GR 52A.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Caution: The itinerary is listed wrong on the map. The leg follows entirely the GR 52A.
Last update : 2014-03-07