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Hike on the GR®653A Via Aurelia towards Santiago de Compostela through Alpes-Maritimes, Var and Bouches-du-Rhone department from Menton to Arles. Guest House, Bed and Breakfast, Hotel, Camping, Shelter, Inn, Shops.
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Via Aurelia

From Menton (Alpes-Maritimes) to Arles (Bouches-du-Rhone)

Way of St. James - Santiago de Compostela


The Via Aurelia, also known as the Aurelian Way, is a historic route that crosses France from Menton, in the Alpes-Maritimes, to Arles, in the Bouches-du-Rhone. It was built in 241 BC by the Roman consul Gaius Aurelius Cotta. The Via Aurelia was originally a Roman road that connected Rome to Luni in Italy, following the Tyrrhenian coast. Over the course of Roman conquests, additional sections were added to the road. For example, after his victory over the peoples of the Alpes-Maritimes, Emperor Augustus extended the road in 13 BC from Piacenza in Italy to Arles on the Rhone. At that time, the construction of the Via Aurelia was of great importance as it shortened the journey between Rome and Hispania, both in terms of time and distance. It continues to serve as a vital link for communication, trade and pilgrimage. Walking along its path is like going back in time, following in the footsteps of ancient Romans, medieval pilgrims and countless other people who have traveled along this historic route.

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Distance: 393km, Elevation maximum: 796m, Elevation minimum: 0m, Elevation gain uphill: 7410m
IGN Maps: Vallee de l'Esteron Vallee du Loup 3642ET. Cannes Grasse Cote d'Azur 3643ET. Nice Menton Cote d'Azur 3742OT. Cote d'Azur - Riviera dei Fiori (ASF1).
Aups-Salernes - 3443OT. Brignoles Le Luc Lac de Carces - 3444OT. Frejus Saint-Raphael Corniche de l'Esterel - 3544ET. Le Muy Lorgues Montagne de Roquebrune Massif des Maures - 3544OT. Cannes Grasse Cote d'Azur - 3643ET. Aix-En-Provence Vitrolles Lambesc - 3143ET. Montagne Sainte-Victoire Aix-En-Provence Gardanne Trets - 3244ET. Saint-Maximin-La-Sainte-Baume Barjols Trets Mont-Aurelien - 3344OT. Salon-De-Provence Miramas - IGN 3143OT. Aix-En-Provence Vitrolles Lambesc - IGN 3143ET. Saint-Martin-de-Crau - IGN 3043OT. Tarascon Saint-Remy-De-Provence Chaîne des Alpilles - IGN 3042OT. Arles Pnr de Camargue - IGN 2943ET.


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GR®653A Via Aurelia
From Menton to Mandelieu-la-Napoule (Alpes-Maritimes)
From Mandelieu-la-Napoule (Alpes-Maritimes) to Le Val (Var)
From Le Val (Var) to Eguilles (Bouches-du-Rhone)
From Eguilles to Arles (Bouches-du-Rhone)


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L'Etoile Guest-House

Old romantic Hotel, L'Etoile Guest-House is a mountain retreat in the South of France. With a beautiful park along the Allier River, L'Etoile Guesthouse is located in La Bastide-Puylaurent between Lozere, Ardeche and Cevennes. Many hiking trails like GR®7, GR®70 Stevenson trail, GR®72, GR®700 Regordane way, Cevenol, GR®470 Allier river, Margeride, Ardechoise. Many hiking loops. The right place to relax.

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