Backpackers, day hikers or nature walkers, just lace up your boots and take a few days, a week or even longer to immerse yourselves in natural beauty! Are you looking for new horizons? Are you looking for a place where attentive simplicity combines with genuineness and comfort? Then come to Refuge La Cayolle and admire the majesty of the sharp, rocky ridges of the Mercantour Moutains with their subtle Alpine and Mediterranean tones. Just follow your heart and your dream will come true!
Thanks to the willingness and tireless efforts of the Mercantour National Park authorities to make visitors’ trips and stays as pleasant and comfortable as possible, our refuge has been completely renovated. As a consequence, you will be able to enjoy all the simple comforts that every exhausted – sometimes soaking wet or chilled to the bone – hiker so desperately needs at the end of his journey.
Shared facilities: A large and bright living room, filled with the sweet smell of the larch wooden floors. You will love the gentle radiant heat coming from the cosy wood burning fireplace. Our living room is also a great place to enjoy the local cuisine, to socialize and play board games, to read or to share crazy mountaineering stories.
Rest and sleep: There are small upstairs dormitory rooms able to accommodate up to 8 persons, with comfortable bedding and exceptional view. The shower rooms are also fully equipped (sinks and hot water showers). Regarding water use, we wish to draw your attention once again to the fact that an eco-responsible attitude is everybody’s business! Water is a common good, so please do not waste it .
Leisure & relaxation: our splendid south facing terrace offers a spectacular outlook over the surrounding mountains. It is the perfect place for reading, having breakfast or lunch, sipping a good drink or viewing many kinds of animals that gather in the vicinity of the refuge. At night, you will be amazed at the awesome spectacle of a natural sky full of stars.
Information: A MNP Tourist Information Point is open everyday from July 1st to August 31st. A team of competent, well-informed and multilingual hostesses will welcome you and answer all your questions.