Hiking Walking Books
for Provence and France
26 Gorgeous Hikes on the Western Cote d'Azur
by Florence Chatzigianis (Paperback - Feb, 2008)
The Cathar Way, A Walker's Guide to the Sentier Cathare
Another excellent hiking guide by Alan Mattingly, this one covering the full 12-stage Cathar Way hiking trail. Even more history of the Cathars and some local color, along with the usual great maps and photos.
Cycle Touring in France
(Cicerone Guide) by Stephen Fox (Paperback - Sep 30, 2006)
Cycling in the French Alps
(Cycling Guides Series) by Paul Henderson (Paperback - April 2008)
Cycling the Canal du Midi
(March 2009) from the great Ciceron Press collection. We bought this one ourselves.
The Gr5 Trail: Through the French Alps: Lake Geneva to Nice
Cicerone Guide, by Paddy Dillon (2008)
Holiday Walks in Provence
Foothills of the Alps to the Mediterranean coast. Judy's book includes a visit to the Camargue, a stroll around the peninsula of St Tropez and a trip to Monte Carlo. Walkers with an interest in art have a chance to see the actual scenes painted by Cezanne and Van Gogh, while wildlife enthusiasts can encounter chamois in the remote valleys of the Mercantour. Hardened hikers will enjoy Europe's most popular trail through the spectacular Gorges du Verdon, a scramble to the cross on the top of Montagne Ste. Victoire and exhilarating mountain adventures near the Italian border. Many of the walks are within easy reach of such popular destinations as Avignon, Marseille and Nice.
Pyrenean Haute Route: High-level trail through the Pyrenees
Cicerone Guide, by Ton Joosten (15 July, 2009)
The Robert Louis Stevenson Trail: A Walking Tour in the Velay and Cevennes, Southern France
By Alan Castle. We've haven't read this yet (it as a good review), but we've been on part of the Robert Louis Stevenson Trail and plan to use this guide when we hike more of it.
Tour of the Queyras: A Circular Walk in the Southern French Alps - GR 58 and GR 541
Cicerone Guides, by Alan Castle (Paperback - Feb 18, 2009)
Trekking in the Vosges and Jura: The GR5 and Other Walks and Treks
(Cicerone International Walking) by Les Smith and Elizabeth Smith (2006)
Walking in Provence: Alpes Maritimes, Var, Vaucluse and Northern Provence
By Janette Norton. We bought this ourselves and are trying some of Janette's hikes. The book as a couple of excellent reviews. Cicerone Press.
Walking in the Dordogne
(Mediterranean Walking) by Janette Norton (Paperback - Jan 2005)
Walks in The Cathar Region, Cathar Castles of Southwest France
An excellent hiking guide by Alan Mattingly. Very good maps and instructions, and an easy size to carry and use. A good overall history of the Cathars and great photos that will make you want to come just to see the countryside and the castles.