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Puy de Naouri

Ruins at Puy de Naouri Ruins at Puy de Naouri and other evidence of age old human presence abound

The Puy de Naouri (Puy stands for Peak) is a 1024m high mountain, a few kilometres north of the village of Tourrettes-sur-Loup.
We started off south-east of the Puy de Naouri, and walked three quarters around the mountain (to the north and then west), before making our way to the top.
Impressive 360 degrees views make it all worthwhile, as do the remnants of centuries' old human presence, scattered around the area: St Raphael chapel, restanques (walls of natural stones built to create horizontal plots on sloping mountain sides, for growing produce, vines and for keeping animals), and centuries old ruins of houses.
You can start this walk off the D2210 road, just 2km east of Tourrettes-sur-Loup, see the map to find the location indicated as "Notre Dame des Fleurs".
You then walk north, pas the Chapelle St. Raphael, until you join the GR51 track; then turn west and follow the trail around the mountain (leave the GR51 track after about 600m, and turn southwards).
With a total of 650m to climb, and about 4 hours total walking time, you need to be reasonably fit to complete this walk.

View on Nice Airport View on Nice Airport
View on the town of Vence View on the town of Vence
View on Villeneuve-Loubet The famous shapes of the apartment buildings at Marina Baie des Anges (Villeneuve-Loubet)
Tourrettes-sur-Loup Tourrettes-sur-Loup
Looking north, towards the Southern Alps Looking north, towards the Southern Alps


Starting point and car park: GPS coordinates [43.725653 N, 7.080961 E]
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