The vacherie of Boréon
Departure from the chalet of Boréon – City of St-Martin-Vésubie
Former royal hunting reserve in the Mercantour-Argentera for King Vittorio Emmanuele II, the Boréon was returned to France in 1947. In that same year, the French state, following the steady decrease of the ibex and chamois due to the increase of poaching, created the Boréon reserve: a protected area to which the Mercantour National Park was added in 1979. The Boréon is an important site for grazing in the valley every year and the herds of cattle in the pastures will then transhumance. The proposed itinerary will guide you through the Boréon forest, which combines a multitude of species such as spruce, pine, larch, silver fir, noble maple, along with strawberries, blueberries and wild raspberries, up to the Vacherie Boréon, where they produce extraordinary cow’s milk.
1 From the host chalet, cross the road and follow the access path to the wildlife center, near the mouth of the Alpha Pont de Cerise. At the junction of the two tracks, choose the right one that comes back on to the road.
2 Cross the street ta the P3 car park and follow the trail that goes up-country skiing in the forest of Borèon. At the first two intersections, take the right path that gradually climbs and bends. At the third and fourth intersections, turn left.
3 At the fifth intersection, continue up on the right path and then to the left. The path stops rising and you can rest your feet at the foot of a small waterfall. Remain on the path to the right until reaching a bend in the road.
4 Follow the path to the right for a hundred meters and then go off to the left on the access road to the Vacherie Boréon. Option to buy cheese.
5 Leave the Vacherie by taking the downhill path to the intersection (wooden sign). Here, you will have the opportunity to take the right lane, and to reach the Saladin walkway (round trip), cool off on the river bank (place for picnics). Otherwise, you can go straight up to the road, cross it and return to the car park in front.
6 Cross and go back up to the grassy path. Keep right at the first intersection.
7 At the second intersection, go right and take the same route. Find the road, cross it and lake the left path to the host chalet.
St Martin-Vésubie Tourism Office
Tel. 00 33 (0)4 93 03 21 28 http://www.saintmartinvesubie.fr
Parc National du Mercantour House in St Martin- Vésubie Tel. 00 33 (0)4 93 03 23 15 http://www.mercantour.eu
Regional Tourism Committee of the Côte d’Azur Riviera Tel. 00 33 (0)4 93 37 78 78 http://www.tourisme-cotedazur.com
Departmental Committee of Hiking 06 Tel. 00 33 (0)4 93 20 74 73 http://www.cdrp06.org
Free rental of the “joëlette”
Host Chalet of Boréon Tel. 00 33 (0)4 93 02 33 69 http://www.saintmartinvesubie.fr
- Reserved parking in front of the host chalet at Boréon
- Fitted bathrooms at the host chalet in Boréon
Ristorant "l’Ô à la bouche" al Boréon Tel. 00 33 (0)9 53 47 79 89
The Alpha Wildlife Center “le temps du Loup” in Boréon Tel. 00 33 (0)4 93 02 33 69 http://www.alpha-loup.com
“Fishing”: activities in the Boréon Lake Tel. 00 33 (0)4 93 03 24 09 http://www.pecheboreon.com
Lodging and dining facilities include:
Hôtel L’Adrechas La Colmiane 06420 Valdeblore Tel. : 00 33 (0)4 93 03 10 68 http://www.adrechas.com
Le Chalet du Val de Blore Quartier les Grêles 06420 Valdeblore Tel. : 00 33 (0)4 93 02 83 29 http://www.vacaf.org