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France / Monaco
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Peillon / Peille / La Turbie / Monaco

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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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R161 Peillon » Monaco - Place du Palais
  |   2h50   |   13.55 km   |   371 m   |   692 m

On leaving Peillon, the trail joins the GR® 51 B, crosses the village of La Turbie and its Trophy of Augustus and then, facing the Mediterranean and its increasingly present maritime air, arrives in the Principality of Monaco, which it crosses to reach the Palais square, the final destination on the Red Trail. **Stop at the Exotic Garden to sign the Via Alpina Guestbook, available at the counter daily from 9am-7pm(9am-6pm from February to April and in October, 9am-5pm from November to January). There you can also receive an official Via Alpina stamp to document your trip.**

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
381 m
| D  3.9 km / 1h00
Saint-Martin-de-Peille / La Gorra
445 m
| D  1.6 km / 0h20
Col de Guerre
559 m
| D  1.2 km / 0h15
La Turbie
485 m
|   3.5 km / 0h40
X N7
172 m
| A  0.45 km / 0h10
Monaco - Place du Jardin Exotique
116 m
| A  1.4 km / 0h10
Monaco - Place d'Armes
20 m
| A  1.5 km / 0h15
Monaco - Place du Palais
58 m
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Other long-distance trails and alternative routes
On the gardens' trails: from the plants of the Exotic Garden to the Rose Garden, the Principality offers a condensed overview of the flora of the Mediterranean and other regions.
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  • auf-guten-wegen - 2022-11-05
    Der Jardin Exotique ist 2022 wegen Renovierungsarbeiten geschlossen. Der Schalter, an dem das Via-Alpina-Gästebuch aufliegt, war deshalb am Wochenende ebenfalls nicht besetzt.
  • Socrate Georgiades - 2019-09-06
    La signalisation sur cette dernière étape, surtout à l'arrivée à Monaco, a beaucoup changé par rapport à la trace GPX. Mais on s'y retrouve quand même. Et le livre d'or de la Via Alpina vous attend bien au guichet du jardin exotique, il suffit de le demander.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Signage on this last leg, especially on arrival in Monaco, has changed a lot compared to the GPX track. But we find ourselves there anyway. And the guestbook of Via Alpina awaits you at the ticket office of the exotic garden, just ask.
  • Berta - 2018-09-01
    Am Ticketschalter hat niemand etwas von einem Via Alpinabuch zum eintragen gewußt, genausowenig wie die Info davor. Auch die Touristinfo hat davon noch nie etwas gehört gehabt.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Nobody at the ticket counter knew anything about a Via Alpinabook, just as little as the info before. Even the tourist information has never heard of it.
  • frankie9594 - 2017-10-13
    Monaco- Trieste

    It is possible to take the elevators in Monaco to reach the Jardin Exotique. The ticket booth has the Via Alpina signing book. The trail to la Turbie is easy to follow. There is a trail at the southern edge of Peillon that goes down the hill/south. There, there is a camping platz called "Camping de La Laune" close to a 30 Minute walk downhill.
  • Elisabeth - 2016-11-28
    Aucun balisage. Le poteau indicateur du Conseil Général gît en contrebas du chemin... J'ai perdu un temps fou avant d'arriver à La Gorra. A la Turbie, plus aucun signe de la Via Alpina et personne n'a pu me renseigner ! Je m'attendais à terminer en apothéose, mais la Via Alpina finit en quenouille et j'étais vraiment exaspérée en arrivant au Jardin Exotique. Pour moi, le terminus de la VA devrait être à Sospel, tant que la signalisation ne sera pas totalement restaurée sur les deux dernières étapes.
    J'ai malheureusement remarqué que les commentaires des randonneurs restent lettre morte. J'espère que mes critiques pousseront la VA à se régénérer, ce qui augmenterait sa fréquentation, proche de zéro. C'était, à l'origine, une si belle initiative...
    Automatic translation [Google]
    No markup. The signpost of the General Council lies below the path ... I lost a lot of time before arriving at La Gorra. At La Turbie, no sign of Via Alpina and no one could inform me! I was expecting to finish in apotheosis, but the Via Alpina ended up in disguise and I was really exasperated when I arrived at the Exotic Garden. For me, the terminus of the VA should be in Sospel, as long as the signaling will not be fully restored on the last two stages. I have unfortunately noticed that the comments of hikers remain a dead letter. I hope my criticisms will push the VA to regenerate, which would increase its attendance, close to zero. It was, originally, such a beautiful initiative ...
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  • Thierry - 2013-11-22
    Monaco towards Trieste

    Via Alpina starts at Le Jardin Exotique in the upper Monaco...few elevators to take to reach the first GR markers.. Going to La turbie is very steep way up.
    Leaving la turbie to Col de guerre the trail is very poorly marked to reach Peillon. Without GPS or paying attention to detailed map...good chances to get on the wrong trail

    read blog below for details about this stage
  • Henk Nouws - 2012-09-03
    The GPX file for this stage is very useful, and I can recommend it. The Via Alpina in Monaco follows a different path than shown on this website. You can find it on and download the GPX file for that part. There is a hotel in Peillon, but it is expensive.
  • Martin Schreiber - 2011-04-24
    When searching the way from La Gorra to Col de Guerre, don't follow a small unmarked hiking path. The right path is found after entering an area with a car-gate and is marked by a way sign aiming to the La Turbie!

    To find the right way down to Monaco at La Turbie after following the main street for a few minutes, you have to take the smaller left road when seeing a path marker attached at a road sign in the middle of the forking.
  • Sabine Bade - 2011-04-10
    Wer vom Schloss in Monaco in Richtung La Turbie geht, gelangt kurz hinter der Place d’Armes an eine Großbaustelle. Geht man hier auf der in Gehrichtung linken Straßenseite der Avenue du Prince Pierre weiter, gelangt man direkt zu einem Treppenaufgang, der hinauf zum Boulevard Rainier III führt. Rechts weiter befindet sich bereits nach wenigen Metern das nächste Via-Alpina-Hinweisschild.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Who goes from the palace in Monaco to La Turbie reaches just past the Place d'Armes at a construction site. If we here on the left side of the road in the direction of walking the Avenue Prince Pierre continued, leads directly to a staircase that leads up to the boulevard Rainier III. Located right next after a few meters the next Via Alpina sign.
  • Pietro Martinengo - 2010-09-09
    Bonjour. Ce matin j'ai voulu parcourir la Via Alpina en partant de la place du Jardin Exotique vers La Turbie. Je regrette de vous dire que c'est l'abandon total. Pas de balises aux fourches, manque de debroussaillage.... Enfin, je n'ai pas reussi à individuer le parcours et pourtant je voulu emprunter tous les routes et le chemins, en allant et en retournant, à la recherche de Balises. Dommage.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Good afternoon. This morning I wanted to walk along the Via Alpina starting from the place du Jardin Exotique La Turbie. I regret to tell you that this is the total abandonment. No tags for forks, lack of debroussaillage .... Finally, I have not managed to individuate the course and yet I wanted to borrow all the roads and paths, going and returning, seeking Beacons. Damage.
  • Pellizzaro Giuseppe - 2010-04-04
    bella partenza
    Automatic translation [Google]
    good start
Last update : 2019-12-18