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 MartinThis 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.
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.
This a 3,6 km coastal walk linking the plage de la Mala and the Plage Marquet. It takes about an hour and you will discover the architecture of the belle Epoque villas as well as the rich flora.
This is an exceptional coastal walk of 5 kilometres (2 hours) where you get the feeling that you are in a reserve of wild beauty. The path is sometimes battered by waves and there are small creeks if you want a quick swim.
The path is called the "Chemin des Douaniers" but better known as the "sentier de Tire-poil". The path is easily accessed from the Plages de la Garoupe car park and runs along the walls of the great gardens of the Chateau de la Garoupe as well as the Chateau de la Croé. Following the winding and sometimes narrow path (make sure you have appropriate walking shoes), you will reach the tip of the Cap d'Antibes and the Villa EilenRoc which can be visited on certain days.
From here you can either return to the car park via the avenue de la tour Gandolphe or you can continue the walk to the preserved beach of the « Anse de l'argent faux » otherwise known as Billionaires' Bay.
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.
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.
Canyon / clue of Pierrefeu small secluded basins where you can glide from the rocks. Also great with kids. So secluded you can even do skinny dipping.
Clue/ Canyon du Riolan: this is a side river of the Esteron with caves and waterfalls.
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 Moyene Cornish that will take you up all the way up above the Grand Cornish, offering spectacular views of the coast and St Jean Cap Ferrat.
You park at Eze Village and there are a couple of reasons this walk is best to do off season: much easier to find parking – Eze gets seriously busy during high season and parking can get difficult. Secondly, the walk up is a bit on the steep side to be made in the midst of the summer heat. So the hike is also double-breath-taking – the views and the mount, but fine for anyone able to run after a bus.
You walk from Eze village towards Monaco and after some 100m or so you see a space with parking opening up to the left. Walk in there, follow the signs for Fort de la Revere and head up taking a U-turn again to the left and you are on your way. The path is winding its way up, and eventually you will cross the Grand Cornish and then a bit further up you find the Fort and a large plateau. There are several places to sit for a nice pick-nick and marvel over the views. On the way down you can take a slightly different rout that has more paved surface making the decent a bit easier. Count some 2h5 – 3h depending on how often you stop to enjoy the scenery
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 »