The great outdoors of Nice, Cannes & Monaco
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Half-day trips on the French Riviera : coastline and back country


On your way to Saint-Paul de Vence

Saint-Paul de Vence has been for long a source of inspiration for many artists from all over the world. The Provençal village, exquisitely perched on a hill overlooking the surrounding countryside and the sea, is this hike’s destination. The starting point is the charming town of Vence, situated within a half hour drive from the city of Nice. After visiting the Matisse Chapel, your local guide leads you on pleasant trails on the hillsides. These are carpeted in the spring by the lovely pink flowers of rockrose. When arriving near Saint-Paul, you can visit the Maeght Foundation, an outstanding art place:  it has gathered one of the most important collections of works by painters fascinated by the light of the Côte d’Azur. Bonnard, Braque, Chagall, Giacometti, Léger and Miró show us this fascination on their nature representations. 

Walking time : 2 hours
Rating : leisurely
Season calendar : year-round (summer : 8am – 11am only, not allowed on fire risk days)

Visit of the Maeght Foundation not included.

The charming Cap de St Tropez

Saint Tropez is located on the French Riviera, about halfway between Nice and Marseille. The town and its bay were attracting the Parisian intelligentsia and artists long before cinema created Brigitte Bardot in “And God created Woman”. This half day hike starts on the coastline 2 km east of the famous little harbour. Your local guide will lead you along the pretty St Tropez bay southern coast pathway for 2.5 hrs. This pleasant nature walk provides, by turns, the crossing of beautiful beaches and passages through rocky areas and along large seaside mansions. It also offers, from time to time, outstanding views to the Maures mountains and the Esterel red peaks. You will then turn your back on the sea by climbing a short slope, the only ascent of the whole hike, and follow backroads to head back to your starting point.  

Walking time : 3 hours 
Rating : leisurely
Season calendar : year-round (summer : 8am – 11am only, not allowed on fire risk days)

Along the Brague river near Antibes

Come and enjoy the peaceful Brague Valley that will distract you from the hectic pace of the Côte d’Azur city life for a few hours. This guided hike is a very beautiful walk along a waterway through woods filled with hazel, ash, alder and willow trees. The river offers scenic waterfalls along the way. Trees, small cascades, stone bridges, all this fairy-tale scenery, make you feel like you walk in an enchanted forest.
From the hilltop village of Biot to the picturesque one of Valbonne, you pleasantly walk back up the shallow Brague river, mostly in the shade of various deciduous trees.

Walking time : 3.5 hours (point-to-point hike)
Rating : leisurely

The Côte d’Azur balcony on foot,
one of the best things to do in Monaco

What a panoramic descent you are about to make and a beautiful hilltop village, Èze, you will visit! You start from the pretty little town of La Turbie, at the top of an escarpment that overlooks the Principality of Monaco. Then, you follow the crest of the plateau from La Cime de la Forna. Up there, you enjoy varied views over the shoreline between Cap d’Aïl and the Cap Ferrat peninsula. Finally, you walk all the way down to the sea, 2,150 feet! Mind-blowing! However, you may naturally have a stopover in the village of Èze, at midway down.

Walking time : 3 hours (point-to-point hike)
Rating : challenging (great elevation loss)

Around Saint Jean Cap Ferrat


This coastal hiking path around St Jean Cap Ferrat peninsula is very quickly accessible from the city of Nice. Starting from the town of Beaulieu sur Mer, it offers a short and pleasant getaway from the bustle of the French Riviera resorts. Walking all the way as closely as possible to the sea, you marvel at the beauties that nature has so simply created for us: especially the sublime contrasts between the blues of the sea and sky, the whites of the rocks and the greens of the pines and garrigue shrubs.
If you choose to start from the Jean Cap Ferrat marina, your local guide will take you on an one-hour shorter walk.

Walking time
: 4.5 hours ( 2.5 hr from St Jean Cap Ferrat)
Rating : leisurely
Season calendar : year-round (summer : 8am – 11am only, not allowed on fire risk days)


Peille and Peillon : two pretty hilltop villages
(Half-day and Full Day hikes)


Within a half hour’s drive from Monaco and from MentonPeille is, along with Peillon, among the most typical medieval fortified villages of the French Riviera hinterland. Perched on top of craggy outcrops overlooking a deep valley, both of them have changed little since the Middle Ages: they come in a mass of narrow little paved streets and steps, winding up and down through arches and vaulted passageways.
Along walking paths used by cattle herds for three millenia, rosemary, thyme and other herb scents remind you that you are under a Mediterranean climate. The nature walk from one village to the other lasts 2 hours; the alternate route that you follow when you take the full day hike is a bit more challenging.

Walking time : from 3 hours, including visiting the villages, to 5 hours (full day tour)
Rating : moderate (half-day trip) to challenging (full day trip)
Season calendar : half-day hike: year-round (summer: 8am – 11am only, not allowed on fire risk days) / full day hike: 1/1 – 6/15  &  9/15 – 12/31










View from the Baou des Blancs


Full day trips on the French Riviera: coastline and back country


The Estérel red rocks near Cannes


Only 10km from the Promenade de la Croisette in Cannes, under the supervision of your local guide, you can start delightful nature hikes. During this one, you take on the Pic de l’Ours (1,627ft), one of the peaks of the Massif de l’Estérel. Volcanic red crags form these gorgeous hills that are covered by oaks and pines whose dark colors sharply contrast with. From the heights, you enjoy a beautiful panorama over the colorful hills all around. And, you can see, in the distance, La Napoule bay and the city of Cannes, on one side, and Fréjus bay, on the other. 

Walking time : 4.5 hours
Rating : moderate
Season calendar : 1/1 – 6/30 & 9/1 – 12/31

The peaceful beauty of Porquerolles

To get an idea of the true riches of the three islands off the coast of Hyères, near Toulon, just remember that they are called Les Iles d’Or (the Golden Islands): the unspoiled splendor of their seascapes is unique. Porquerolles, the closest to the continent, only a 10-minute boat ride away, nestles a charming tiny village. But, its treasure is the beauty of a craggy coast made of steep cliffs and secluded creeks, bathed in turquoise waters. And you reach those idyllic spots by hiking with your local guide through the typical Mediterranean vegetation.  And what must be remembered is that blooming starts during late winter on Porquerolles island. Walking paths where you encounter nobody !
Heaven on earth !

Walking time : 5 hours
Rating : moderate (stony sections)
Season calendar : 1/1 – 6/30 & 9/1 – 12/31


The balcony of the Côte d’Azur


This is probably the most exceptional walking route above the coast of the French Riviera. Offering lovely nature sceneries, it joins the three very ancient hilltop villages of La Turbie, Gorgio and Saint Agnès that, respectively, overlook the cities of Monaco, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin and Menton. All day long, ascents will alternate with descents and fabulous views over the Riviera, very close, and over the Alps, in the distance, will accompany you. 


Walking time : 5.5 hours
Rating : challenging (elevation gain : 2,800 feet)
Season calendar : 1/1 – 6/15   &   9/15 – 12/31

From Saint-Paul de Vence
to the top of Baou des Blancs

Saint-Paul de Vence has been for long a source of inspiration for many artists from all over the world. Not far from Nice, the Provençal village is exquisitely perched on a hill overlooking the surrounding countryside and the sea. After a visit through its narrow cobbled streets, your local guide leads you to the charming town of Vence, 3 miles northwards. From there, you follow a circular route that climbs up to the rocky Baou des Blancs. This peak rises high above the town, offering a breathtaking 360° view over the coast. A beautiful hike that is no small feat !
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Walking time : 6 hours
Rating : challenging (elevation gain : 2,200 feet)
Season calendar : 1/1 – 6/30  &  9/1 – 12/31

Monaco and surrounding villages & towns :
Èze, La Turbie, Cap d’Ail

Starting from the seaside at Eze Bord de Mer, towered over by the Revère Plateau (2,200 ft), this hike first takes you to the hilltop medieval village of Eze, following the Nietzsche Trail. After strolling through its narrow streets and small squares, under the leadership of your local guide, you climb up to the plateau from which you can enjoy one of the most outstanding panorama of the coast, with the Cap Ferrat peninsula jutting out into the Mediterranean. From the Roman town of La Turbie, you quickly discover another breathless view, totally different : the Principalty of Monaco, with its high rises and its famous rock, le Rocher, where stands the Prince’s Palace. Finally, a climb down to Cap d’Ail then allows you to end this scenic day walking along the beaches to the center of Monaco.   

Walking time : 6 hours
Rating : challenging (2,500 feet elevation gain) 
Season calendar : 1/1 – 6/15  &  9/15 – 12/31

The 11 hikes displayed on this page are considered as French Riviera hiking tours: premium rates are applied to them (12% higher than the tours taking place in the other parts of Provence).
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