Around Saint Jean Cap Ferrat
Very quickly accessible from the city of Nice and starting from the town of Beaulieu sur Mer, this coastal walking path around St Jean Cap Ferrat peninsula is a short and pleasant getaway from the agitation of the French Riviera resorts. Walking all the way as closely as possible to the sea, you will marvell at the contrasts between the blues of water and of the sky, the whites of the rocks and the greens of the Aleppo pines and garrigue shrubs.
Walking time : 4 hours
Rating : leisurely
Vence, St Jeannet and the Baous
After a first stunning view from the Baou des Blancs above the town of Vence and overlooking the Baie des Anges, Cap d’Antibes peninsula and Golfe Juan, you will forget for a few hours the glamourous Riviera, hiking through a land once used for agriculture and today devoted to winter pasture : the Plan des Noves. You will then walk down into the Gorge de la Cagne, cross the river and proceed above the valley floor before climbing to the plateau towards the Baou de St Jeannet.
Walking time : 7 hours
Rating : challenging (2,800 feet elevation gain)
Discovering Sormiou and Morgiou
This leisurely hike will allow you to get some beautiful views over the two largest inlets that are called calanques on the Provence coast : Sormiou and Morgiou, amphitheaters of limestone hills and cliffs, with the sea as orchestra and, each one, a little port as stage. Starting from a southern district of Marseille, you find yourself after 45 minutes walking, in the heart of Calanques National Park, staring down to the turquoise blue of Calanque de Sormiou‘s waters, 250 meters below, and gazing at the red roofs of its ‘cabanons’, these little fishermen’s cottages.
Walking time : 4 hours
Rating : leisurely (stony ground)
All across the Calanques National Park
This day hike is unrivalled for its seascapes. From the University district of Marseille to the village of Cassis, you will walk, through the Calanques massif, 12 miles over stony paths, enjoying several dozens of breathtaking views, from at least three levels : the sea level, the top of the bluffs, and, in-between, the balcony trail. Within 7 hours, you will have the chance to watch all the most famous calanques pass before your eyes : Sormiou, Morgiou, Sugiton, Calanque du Devenson, En Vau, Port Pin and Port Miou. Nothing more needs saying.
Walking time : 6.5 hours
Rating : difficult (steep ascents and descents, rocky sections)