The Estérel red rocks near Cannes
Ten kilometers from the Promenade de la Croisette, you can start a hike to take on the Pic de l’Ours (1,627ft), one of the summits of the Estérel. This is a volcanic range charac- terized by gorgeous red rock formations that are covered by oaks and pines whose dark colors sharply contrast with. From the heights, you will enjoy a beautiful panorama over the colorful summits all around and, in the distance, over the Golfe de La Napoule and the city of Cannes, to the east, and the Golfe de Fréjus, to the west.
Walking time : 4.5 hours
Rating : moderate
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)