The Path of Paradise, from Bar sur Loup to Gourdon

There are many walks and hikes on the French Riviera that offer an incredible view of the sea. Today, I present you a new hike that I discovered near Grasse and which apparently bears the very poetic name of the path of Paradise “Chemin de Paradis”. In reality, I rather want to say that it is the Way of Calvary 😅 because we still suffered a lot! Expect an hour of progressive and intense climbing at the same time. Forget the flat, you won’t find any.

This path will lead you to the village of Gourdon, one of the most beautiful villages of the French Riviera and France perched at 800 meters above sea level on a rocky spur.

1. Its history

Every hike has its own story, the path of paradise is no exception to the rule. Inevitably, we’ve all asked ourselves “but why is Paradise Road called Paradise Road?”

According to legend, the village of Bar sur Loup had no cemetery and when one of its inhabitants died, he had to be taken to the nearest cemetery which was in the village of Gourdon. Perched at an altitude of 800m, the coffin had to be carried on the back of a very steep and stony path with a high difference in altitude of more than 500m. A path that winds in the middle of a vertical relief with imposing and impressive cliffs of 700 meters high.

To take this path was symbolic because one had the impression to transport the deceased close to the sky and thus “in the paradise”.

Interesting no?!

2. The different routes

Either you start from the top of the village of Gourdon, or you start from the bottom of Bar sur Loup.

  • If you start from the bottom, you will have to park near the cemetery of Bar sur Loup and take the path on the right of the road.
  • If you start from the top, you will have to park at the parking lot of the village of Gourdon and join the Basse street. At the end of this street, you will find a small square with a great view. Straight ahead, there will be a small passage to start the way to paradise.

And as usual, the view is always so grandiose and spectacular once you reach the top. Sensations guaranteed!

chemin du paradis

3. Some practical information

  • Difficulty: medium
  • Difference in altitude: 520m
  • Duration : 3h round trip
  • Kilometers : 6km
  • If you start from the bottom of Bar sur Loup, you will be hidden for a good part under big trees. Indeed, this first part is shaded. The more you go up, the more the view will be discovered.

4. Equipment to bring

  • A good pair of hiking boots because the path is very stony. Be careful on the way down!
  • A bottle of water. You will need it especially for the one hour climb.
  • Hiking poles would be a good addition.
  • Cap and sunglasses if the day is sunny

 

About me
love-ly-south.com

Welcome to Love-ly-south!
Ex-Parisienne settled on the French Riviera since 2013. In love with the region, I share with you all my discoveries, my good addresses, my life experiences in Nice and the French Riviera
Enjoy your reading!

I subscribe to the Newsletter
Newsletter EN
Instagram
SUMMER FLOWERS LOVERS 🌸🌈
and nothing else .

Smell so good x

#flowers #beautiful #naturelover #naturebeauty #colorful #colortherapy #flowerlover
MOOD FROM OUT OF THE MATRIX

TO BREATHE - CONSTELLATION Exhibition in Paris by KIMSOOJA, Korean Artist
Bourse de commerce - Collection Pinault
Contempory ART
"Le monde comme il va"

jUST IN A AWE ...

#PARISEXHIBITION #parisismagic #disconnected #fromanotherdimension #collectionpinault #frenchmuseum #boursedecommerce #exploreparis #parisianarchitecture
VISITER NICE UN WEEKEND: 10 ENDROITS à VOIR ABSOLUMENT 
Un post pour tous les touristes et ceux qui viennent de s'installer dans le Sud mais pas que... C'est aussi une piqûre de rappel pour nous les habitants de Nice déjà installés depuis un petit moment, c'est toujours bon de pouvoir s'émerveiller 🙂

1. La promenade des Anglais
2. La colline du château
3. Le Vieux-Nice
4. La place Masséna
5. La place Garibaldi
6. Le cour Saleya
7. Le port de Nice
8. La réserve de Nice
9. ?
10. ?

RDV sur mon site pour découvrir les deux derniers spots 👉 https://i.mtr.cool/kxjliakouq (LIEN EN BIO)

Dîtes moi quel spot vous préférez sur Nice ?!

#visitnice #visitcotedazur #explorenice #nicetourisme #bonneadressenice #nicespot #villedenice #vieuxnice
SUNSET LOVER 🌅
and nothing else .

#nicecotedazur #beautifulplace #grateful #sunset #nicesunset #peacefulplace #coucherdesoleil
SUNDAY RELAX on paddle board 🛶

5 spots où faire du paddle sur la Côte d'Azur 👉 lien sur ma BIO

#paddleboard #standuppaddle #supboard #southoffrance #sealover #beautifulplace #villefranchesurmer #paradise #frenchriviera
Color Therapy in Old Town of Nice 🌈

#vieuxnice #nicecotedazur #colorful #colortherapy #bluesky #goodformentalhealth #holidays #southoffrance
ART CAFE by @laclaquecafé ☕

Bonne journée à vous avec pleins de coeurs ❤️🩷💙🩵💚💜💛🧡🤎🖤🤍

#heart #coffeeshop #coffeeshopnice #latte #vieuxnice #oldtown #artcafé #nicecotedazur #bonneadressenice
Contact Me
Fill out this field
Please enter a valid email address.
Fill out this field
Fill out this field
No Comments
Tags: chemin du paradis, randonnée, village de gourdon

Similar posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fill out this field
Fill out this field
Please enter a valid email address.
You need to agree with the terms to proceed

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.