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Four Capes, Four fantastic walks to discover !

If you’re visiting the Côte D’azur, a walk along one of these capes will get you into touch with the true beauty of the Alpes Maritimes.

Cap Martin

This is a 3 kilometre walk of roughly 45 minutes where you will be able to observe the typical fauna and follow the footsteps of Nietzche and the well known cabin architecturaal concept of Corbusier that you will come across along the walk.

Cap Ferrat

This cape offers 11 kilometres of coastal paths around the millionaires' peninusula with sumptuous villas in a peaceful luxuriant setting. The Promenade de la Saint Hospice is about a 45 minute walk and is lined with Aleppo Pine trees. Another path is an hours walk between the Anse Lilong and the Plage de Passable.

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Adventure in the Mercantour

Mercantour is a national park established in 1979 and has a surface of 685m2 and mountains more than 3500m high.
It’s not far at all from the busy coast, so even possible to do as a day tour.

To Tende, it’s possible to take the train ride but if you want to visit a bit more it’s better to have a car.

To access the park you can take the road along the river Roya to Tende where you find the museum Musee de Merveille (the museum of the wonders) where you can see and learn a lot of interesting things.
For a more genuine mountain experience continue up to Casterino some 1500m above sea level. Very small and quaint – don’t expect a flashy ski resort with after-ski to the sound of clomping ski shoes and disco. No here, it’s nature and peace and quiet. You will find a small hotel that also serve food and it’s possible to arrange a ride with a dog-sleigh in the winter and horse-back riding in the summer.

On the way back down to the coast, you should visit La Brigue, a charming little city with around 700 inhabitants also known for its church – Notre Dame des Fontaines and its mural paintings.

Fort de la Revere

Fort de la Revere – breath-taking hike from Eze Village

There is a lot of hiking possibilities in the region, along in general very well marked trails. There is a very nice walk to take from Eze village situated on the Moyenne Corniche that will take you up all the way up above the Grand Corniche, offering spectacular views of the coast and St Jean Cap Ferrat.

Mediterranee from Eze

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Canyons and clues in Nice hinterland

You can discover canyoning, more hiking, rivers, waterfalls, magic colours and river pools to swim in. Right behind Nice near the BandB’s of Cote d’Azur Autrement.

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Paradises on earth where you can do wild swimming, visit caves, rafting and all kind of activities. The waters are amongst the cleanest of Europe, glittering in emerald and blue.

Canyon Clue d’Aiglun near the village of Sigale with its white rocks formations, deep water basins with christal clear waters. clue ayglun

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Napoleon and Golfe–Juan

Golfe-Juan’s claim to fame is the landing of Emperor Napoleon on the 1 March 1815 at the end of his exile on the island of Elba. He chose the coast of Vallauris to escape being noticed by the British navy. His landing marked the beginning of the 100 day period which ended with his defeat in Waterloo on the 18 June 1815.

Every second year an important event is organised by the town and an association to re-enact Napoleon’s landing. It’s a colourful event taken very seriously by the locals. Classic yachts and old rigging, actors dressed up as Napoleon, as the troops, with authentic weaponry and equipment. There are also conferences, exhibitions, side events, and even the staff of restaurants or shops take great pleasure being dressed in costumes from this era.

Also of interest is Napoleon’s Column which marks the beginning of the Napoleonic Route and has been in its present location since 1932. The stele, a plaque, can be found in the port of Golfe Juan and suposedly marks the exact spot where Napoleaon landed : « Napoleon landed here on 1 March 1815 »

Tourrettes sur Loup

Located between the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains, 14 kms away from the beaches, the village perched in a rocky outcrop unrestrictedly looks out onto the French Riviera. Thanks to violet cultivation that appeared at the end of the 19th century and is still practised nowadays, the city is worth to be called “Violets City”.

The medieval village

Tourrettes sur Loup is an unusual fortified town with its outer houses forming the rampart and possesses an original architectural richness linked around a half-moon central route. A visit of this medieval city makes you discover a large heritage : castle, city walls, gates, wash house...

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