Ariège Area Information

When to Go

Climbing in the sun on a winter’s day in the South of France is always delightful, in fact many Brits may prefer to visit the south-facing cliffs in this book in the winter season. If you want to climb on the south-facing crags like Calamès or Sinsat, winter is definitely a good time for it always bearing in mind that this is a mountainous area and not one of the Costas. Other crags may be in poor condition at this time though.

For most of the crags spring and autumn are the best times when you can choose between optimum cool climbing conditions in the shade or relish the…

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Côte d’Azur Area Information

When to Go

The area developed a reputation long ago for benign winter weather. Wealthy Brits discovered the micro-climate of the coastal region and were wintering down here long before the Spanish Costas became popular. While researching this book, the author spent two winters (December to Easter) living on the Côte d’Azur. On both visits there were less than a dozen wet days, which equated to 3 or 4 a month. The Mistral can be a problem at times – a ferocious and bitter wind that blasts down the Rhône Valley for days at a time in the winter. The western cliffs are markedly more affected than the eastern ones. Pick a low-lying, sheltered, south-facing crag and you should be…

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