From Provence to Piedmont

Drailles and Carraires

The great sheep transhumance is part of Provence’s heritage. Historically, it mapped out its own road network, its drailles and carraires (tracks and rights-of-way), channels of communication between Lower Provence and the Alps. Most of these age-old paths have now disappeared. Nonetheless, short sections of them are still used by the few flocks herded
on foot from Var, Alpes-Maritimes and Alpes-de-Haute-Provence to the nearby Verdon, Ubaye, Var, Vésubie and Tinée Valleys.

  • The cycle of grass growth and flocks

    Our region’s pastoralism is a centuries-old extensive farming system based on grazing on complementary surface areas and…


  • In the footsteps of the shepherds

    The shepherd’s trade is one of the world’s oldest professions. In Provence, it might well seem a…