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Jonathan - In the footsteps of Belle and Sebastian - Gordolasque Valley

Hospitality advisor - Information Tourist Office of Carros

September 2019

 


 

 

A simple hike filled with breathtaking scenery, in the footsteps of history and poetry ...

 

To join the start of this hike, you must go to the small village of Belvédère and take the small road leading to the foot of the Vallée de la Gordolasque (the valley is very well indicated). Stay on this road until you reach the terminus where there is a large free car park. As a bonus, halfway between the village and the valley is a beautiful waterfall.

Once arrived at the car park, take the small wooden footbridge and continue on this path about thirty minutes. There, over the water and springs running on your right, it is not impossible to cross a few flocks of sheep or cows. The path is quite simple and relatively flat.

Once at the intersection (which is located just after a new wooden bridge), go up on your right following the small path that will take you between two mountain peaks. Along the way you can admire a magnificent waterfall (de l'Estrech) on your left.

After about fifteen minutes, you will reach the Mur des Italiens, a former toll booth on the salt route. From here, the view of the valley of Gordolasque, hollowed by glaciers, is breathtaking. It is not impossible to cross a few chamois, ibex and other mountain animals.

Go back down via the same path but, arrived at the crossing, cross the torrent by taking a new footbridge and walk along the stream. After twenty minutes or so, you will arrive in front of a tiny house next to a huge rock. This stone building was used to shoot the series "Belle et Sebastian" made in 1964 by Cécile Aubry.

Finish your loop by continuing the small path to reach the car park a hundred meters away.

This hike is ideal to discover the incredible valley of the Gordolasque. Due to its rather simple level, it remains accessible to a large number of people and will give you the opportunity to discover the breathtaking landscapes of this valley, which has remained intact. In addition, immersing yourself in Belle et Sébastien's natural settings will bring out many childhood memories. And it is quite likely that, like me, you are humming all along the ride, the songs of this mythical and magical series.

Between snow in winter, wildflowers in spring, mild summer and lots of water in autumn, this valley will offer you different landscapes in all seasons.

VARIATION: For the bravest, from the Mur des Italiens, it is possible to join Lake Autier, but allow two extra hours for your hike.


TIPS and PRACTICAL INFORMATION
- Check the weather forecast. In the mountains, thunderstorms can arrive quickly.
- Remember to take warm clothes, the temperature can be very cool, even in summer.
- Not far from Lake Autier, you have the opportunity to make a small stop at the refuge of Nice.
- Hiking shoes recommended.