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Hinterland of Nice and Côte d'Azur

​Hiking in the South of the France

Those who travel to France for a sports holiday will have to fight during the summer to be able to survey the GR. The following articles are intended for motorists who want to visit Provence otherwise. They may be able to make one or two walks in the rounds of cars mentioned previously. Very few walks are demanding, and we do that include hiking to the accessible peaks in car (Utelle, for example). Walks have been selected to highlight the great diversity of landscapes of this part of Provence. If you stay in an area for a few weeks, visit the Tourist Office closest to get information on local walks and buses in day and the train schedules (many of our walks are accessible by public transit).

Weather

In these articles many walks are possible all year round, but from mid-June to mid-September, it will be much too hot to enjoy. In addition, areas prone to forest fires (l ' Estérel, moors and Ste-Victoire, for example) are closed to visitors, from mid-June to mid-September. Spring and autumn are the best seasons for the hike; not only the temperatures are moderate, but wild plants are in bloom and fewer tourists.
What to take
We recommend any particular equipment, if not good shoes to prevent any accident. You can also take a raincoat, rain can occur very quickly, and sunscreen. The sun beating strong about 1100, it is better to provide. Finally, more of this hardware, don't forget to bring at least one litre of water per person.

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Nuisances

Do not disturb shepherds dogs, they are prepared to overcome any threats to the herd. Beware when you return the stones or sit on a dry stone wall, snakes like to hide from the heat (if most of them fled and are harmless, beware the recognizable vipers with their V on the head). Finally, you may be going to meet beehives, however the bees are not a problem if you keep your distance.

Walk 1: on the heights of Nice

Distance: 8km / MI; 3 h
Difficulty: very easy, with little ascent; descents (mostly on the steps) about 300 m / 1000 ft overall. Yellow PR from marking. IGN map 3742 OT.
Be able to dip your toes in the Mediterranean... nothing easier with this walk in the city of Nice and its three small mountains with its forests, its gardens and stunning views.

Description

•    The promenade begins away Bus on Mont Boron. Walk across the square. Two paths are facing you here: take the road tarred left, the trail of the Cape of Nice. View profile on Cap Ferrat (hike 4) and its lighthouse. When you get to a road, the continuous path just left it (but first cross the road to have a magnificent view of Villefranche). Rediscover the path and follow it to a barrier. Now take the path that goes left at a 90 ° angle to another barrier.
When this second circuit is complete, go left onto the road and follow it in a curve to the right, back in place with the bus shelter (35 min). Continue along the road following the signs to the youth hostel.
•    When the road leaves to the right, take a left tarmacked (ignore the Allée du Bois Dormant just left of it). Reach the road and continue left uphill, quickly passing the forest House on the left. At a fork, go right towards the Fort of Mt Alban.
From the Fort of Mont Alban (55 min), the views of Villefranche and its Bay is superb. Return the same way away bus.
Now go down the steps cut on the right (Chemin des Crêtes). Continue straight downhill through forested mixed, along with wrens and Robins. In 10 minutes you pass to the right of the modern church richly decorated (1927) of our Lady of perpetual help. When you reach the Boulevard Carnot/D6098, the continuous trail just left the hotel Marbella. Heading to the port and the Castle Hill.
•    Follow the road inland (direction «Gare»), but turn left after approximately 40 m/yds and walk to the Marina. Turn left in the direction of the Promenade des Anglais. Go up the elevator, on foot or with the small tourist train.

Walk 2: Bald Mountain Aspremont

Distance: 10.5km/6.5m; 3h25min
FIX: ascension moderate 345 m / 1130 meters and descent of 1 740 ft / 530 m good, but stony. Almost no shade. Red and white GR yellow average PR marking. IGN map 3742 OT.
The slopes of Bald Mountain ("Bald Mountain") are devoid of trees. You will therefore have a continuous view throughout this walk. The feeling of loneliness is not oppressive, we don't have the impression of being at the edge of the Côte d'Azur - until we saw the landscape!

Description

•    Initially at the bus/parking of Aspremont stop. Walk in the direction of NICE on the D14, but quickly turn right into the path of la Vallière (GR markup). Meet the D14 again in five minutes and go right, up a lane. Stay two minutes on a stony path. At a fork over a house isolated (10 min), turn right uphill on the GR5. Rising on this stony path, you enjoy superb views of Aspremont return on its conical hill and the perched villages of the jug and Carros on the hidden face of the Var. You pass soon a ruined building, Fondalin (35 min) in a setting very pleasant, grassy. The path rises gently through the Golden herbs and garrigues until the sea is in sight. The Faces (50 min) is the next ruin on the road. After a last ruin (Les Templiers, 1 h), leave the GR.
•    Turn left uphill on a dirt road, follow the yellow signs and enjoy some beautiful views of Nice and the coast. Approaching a rocky wall, follow the track in a right turn (where a track back all right to the Faces). The Observatory on the Mont Gros, as well as Mont Alban, Mont Boron and port (hike 1) are important points on this stretch. On a road (D214, road of Bald Mountain; 1h15min) junction, follow it uphill cornering tight for the Summit of the mount bald D'aspremont (1h35min).
While the coastal views are captivating, don't forget to watch the Mercantour and the Alps! The Fort, retrace your steps to the GR5 (2h15min). Now follow him to the left along the ridge of Graus. A slight climb takes you up to a pass in 35 minutes approximately. Ignore the minor roads or crossing; keep the cap on the main track, to a tower. Now, the descent becomes more pronounced for a short period, then flattens and arrives at a crossroads in t. go left, to another Tower. On the Tower, ignore the road right yellow PR front; go right on the GR, which then turns left on a highway of passage in olive trees and pines to a picnic with tables (St-Michel area) area. On a road junction, follow the descent front villas, shelter Bus on avenue Jules Romains (3h25min).

Walk 3: Peille and Peillon

Distance: 11.5km/7.1m; 3h35min
Difficulty: moderate. Ascents/descents of about 500 m / 1640 ft throughout. Little shadow on the way to go; plenty of shade on the back. Good yellow markings of PR around Peillon; sense of the necessary guidance for the many wooded trails of Peille, although they are marked. IGN map 3742 OT. Facilities: walking stick.
Travelling by car to Peille.
Old trails, some dating back to the Roman era - are tracked in this tour of the villages perched of Peille and Peillon. Where is your preference? Peille thrills with its via ferrata; Peillon is a perfect postcard... and houses a first-class hotel, where you can enjoy a coffee on the terrace before the hike.

Description

•    Departure from the fountain of the 18th century to Peillon. Go up the steps paved behind it, then turn left (Village of Peille 2 H). You pass a cross of iron and olive trees, with the mountain of Lourquiere on the right. At a first junction continue to follow Village of Peille and at the next turn right. Now there is a beautiful view of Peillon and the path enters a gorge. When a metal gate blocks the path (10 min), turn left uphill. Finally, the old road passes under the red rocks, climbing the Baus Roux, then crosses the Galambert Creek on the first bridge of Pierre (30 min). Four minutes later, ignore a path, continue straight. Ignore another path and pass on a second stone bridge (40 min; Chapelle Saint-Pancrace, Peille).
•    Continue to climb about straight to the top of the Morgelle. A paved road back to Buampin (50 min). At a junction keep right; continue along a path until the D53 (1 h). Follow the road on left on 200 m/yds. At the intersection, go right. Reassemble the D22 to 150 m/yds, then turn left on a path (Cairn). This pretty path passes the ruins of the chapel Saint-Pancrace. Follow the road to the right.
The path (or road) offers superb views of Peille.
•    After crossing a bridge of Pierre, the path rises to the Museum de Peille (jeans). Once you have wandered around this village, head to the round tower of the hotel De Ville and get off the adjacent hikes (street of Pous).
•    Bifurcation reached very quickly, take the path down to the right (with a water hose on your left).
•    Pass left a huge rock that bears some yellow and red signs. A cairn marks an important junction: turn left.
You pass left a building (2h55min), to two first branches, ignore the paths to stay straight. At a third fork, continue right, return the Iron Cross of the fountain in Peillon (3h35min) of the no front on your. Before leaving, don't forget to visit the chapel of the white Penitents with its frescoes of the Renaissance.

Walk 4: Around of Cap Ferrat

Distance: 8km / MI; 2h45min
Difficulty: easy, altitude 130 m/425 ft, but potentially dangerous in case of strong wind. Limited shade. No markup, but easily followed. IGN map 3742 OT.
Note: When you encounter the D125 towards the end of the promenade, you can first of all turn left to visit Ephrussi de Rothschild Foundation, with its beautiful gardens and the island of France Museum (paid admission).
Beautiful at any time of the year, this walk is especially nice on a bright and invigorating winter day. We walk under the exotic gardens of some of the most beautiful properties in the Côte d'Azur, with an unobstructed view of the sea.

Description

Start the promenade above the harbour in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Walk south and then East, around the port, and then up the Avenue Jean Mermoz. Take on the left down to the beach of la Paloma restaurant. Here you pick up a coastal path running around the Pointe de St-Hospice, with beautiful views of Eze, La Turbie, the tête de Chien, Monaco and Cap Martin.
After having avoided the point, take on the right up to the chapel of the 19th century St-Hospice with his huge statue of painted bronze of the Virgin and the child. Trail, return to the coast and turn right. Beyond the Pointe du Colombier, the path enters a beautiful pine forest (La Pinède) at the edge of a small Bay (the dimples). Turn left at the junction.
Follow the road passing through the small nearby Bay, the ditches. At the next crossroads, go left and walk around a metal barrier. The road passes over many bays and under the lighthouse (1h40min) and ends at the beach of fair (2h30min). Climb the steps on the left of the beach restaurant, cross right on a road and mount again. Turn left, then right. You emerge on the main D125 (Avenue Denis Semeria); the Tourist Office is on your left. Joining Avenue Semeria below, follow her against the one-way traffic to the port of Saint John. A BUS stop is opposite the Town Hall (2h45min).

Walk 5: ravine of the Mal Infernet

NB: the largest part of the massif de L'esterel is closed to hikers in was (generally mid-June until mid-September), due to the risk of forest fires.
Distance: 7.5km/4.7m; 1h55min
Difficulty: easy, with an ascent of less 100 m / 330 ft towards the end of the hike. However, tracks and paths are Rocky and there is almost no shade. Markup GR red/white. IGN map 3544 and.
L'esterel Crystal is as old as the Moors. You don't have to be a geologist to admire the colours of these rocks of porphyry, a host of sparkling minerals in the hues of the Rainbow. The ideal time to visit is early spring: the slopes are illuminated with flowers.

Description

•    Departure to the Col de Belle-Barbe. Follow the dirt track; Bear peak is straight ahead. Beyond a small lake, ravine du Grenouillet opens on your right. When you arrive at a former parking area, continue left downhill on the stony track, cross evil Infernet Creek on a Ford in concrete (15 min). The ravine of the Infernet evil reveals a tortured landscape: red rocks shredded on both sides of clear Creek.
Just after a source on the right (30 min), you reach one of the prettiest squares in the hike (in the spring): Creek has been cut to form a small transparent pool with a lovely waterfall. Two - three minutes more before the GR51 monte upwards from left to the Col Aubert; This will be our way back.
•    At the junction, turn left downhill and cross a bridge (50 min). Bear, with its fractured Crown peak, rises to the right. You are soon to the small lake of the squirrel (55 min). Watch carefully in the undergrowth where the GR leaves the track (1h10min). Cross the River on a metal truss bridge and follow the stony path to the top of the other side. Baladou-necked leave GR and take left along a flat stretch of open road. Fork: turn left. From the highest point of the climb, there is a beautiful view of the ravine of mastic at the twin summits Cap Roux. The peak of the Cap Roux (453 m) is on the left; Saint-Pilon (445 m) on the right.

Walk 6: Circuit above théoule

NB: the largest part of the massif de L'esterel is closed to hikers in the summer (generally mid-June until mid-September, due to the risk as I said forest).
Distance: 8km / 5 m; the centre of Théoule 2h20min. 12km / 7.4 m; Théoule fix station 3h40min: easy, with a climb/descent 130 m/425 ft overall. Some of the tracks and paths are stony; little shadow. Red and white GR, yellow markup of PR. map IGN 3544 and.

Description

Our walk starts at Théoule station, a kilometre north of the village on the D6098.
•    While you might just take the main road to the centre of Théoule, we recommend that you follow the GR51. The GR crosses the railway line from the station and a small Valley before returning to the D6098 (40 min). Turn right after the D6098 direction mairie/post. The two (on your left) and continue straight.
•    When this Street makes a hairpin turn to the left on a track (Col de Théoule), rising above the railway line, in the massif de l ' Estérel. Carefully monitor the place where the GR path goes to the right, off the track (1h10min; you can see the railway arriving in the Tunnel of the Saumes); follow the GR, initially alongside the railway, and then above the tunnel. The GR rises at the Col de Théoule (1h30min).
•    From the col, go straight to the point of L'esquillon. When you arrive at a crossroads some 40 m / 130 ft above the D6098 (2 h), turn left onto a path "balcony" and walk to the Northeast, with beautiful coastal views. Just before the junction turn left uphill on a stony track (Boulevard of the Alps; Tip of the needle, Théoule).
•    Turn right in high descent beyond the gate and take the zigzag path down towards the coast. Turn left on the tarmac down road and continue down to the D6098. Turn right and walk about 100 m/yds to the crest of the Hill, then take left down to the stunning rock formations at the tip of the needle (2h45min). From there, follow coastal trails to théoule (3 h).

Walk 7: Cap du Dramont

Distance: 5.5km/3.4mi; 2 h
FIX: ascents/descents easy enough about 200 m / 200 m together, but be careful. IGN map 3544 and
The Red the Dramont creeks are the finest on the coast. When the sun shines on the sea azure through the shimmering pines, this landscape is incredibly beautiful.
Initially at the Dramont railway station: cross the D1098 to the monument commemorating the landing of the 36th Division of the U.S. Army on August 15, 1944 (car parking), then walk east towards Agay. Just after the petrol station, turn right on the Boulevard of the Semaphore. After about 300 m/yds, turn left at the House N ° 245 (the top of the Poussai), and go to the forest House (= with 'trident' symbol, showing the Dramont circuits). Walk counterclockwise, the square Tower on the "point Golden Island quickly became a home. Take a break on the red rocks to the Pointe du Dramont, before rise you above the largest coves, Mare Raj. Turn left. Walk to the Belvedere of the battery. Rediscover the path of circuit and continue until the beach of Camp Long (1h35min), where you can take a break at the restaurant near the beach. The main hike returns from here at the gate on the South side of the beach, from where continue you walking on the north side of the Cape, back before the House. Then retrace your steps to the station (2 h).

Walk 8: To La Turbie in Eze-Bord-de-Mer

NB: The trophy of the Alps is closed on Mondays.
Distance: 8km / MI; 3h15min
Difficulty: easy hike 155 m / 510 ft, but intense descent of 600 m/1970 ft. Little shadow. Yellow markup of PR. map IGN 3742 OT
More short walk: La Turbie, Eze-Village. 6km / 3.7 mi. 2h20min. pretty easy, but a steep descent of 280 m/920 feet follow the main promenade in Eze-Village and return by b 112 (www.lignedazur.com). This avoids the final 320 m/1050 ft of descent.
This visit will allow you to enjoy the most beautiful views across the Riviera. The main promenade rises gently along the north side of the crest of the Grande Corniche, with a wonderful view to the mountains.

Description

•    The walk begins at the Town Hall on the main road (D2564, the Grande Corniche) in La Turbie. Cross the street from the hotel Napoleon, then turn left. After 600 m/yds, ignore the D2204 right to the motorway; Cross major junction and pass a cylindrical pillar with cross of iron on top. At the end of the wall turn right in the Le Forna area path (10 min). There is a beautiful view of the trophy of the Alps that you mount. Go right a tank (20 min). Just before a second reservoir, turn left up on another stony road trail. Continue right (Fort of the Revere).
•    Junction near a railway track, turn left uphill (Fort of the Revere). You emerge a great doline (sinkhole) and the House of Nature (1h25min), with an interesting small museum, well landscaped gardens and picnic tables. Before continuing on to Eze, descend and follow the trail of the cornice short. After five minutes, just before the first Tunnel, a botanical trail (with an orientation table) turns sharply to the left - a possible detour.
•    Continue to a second Tunnel (1h40min), and then retrace your steps to the Fort of the Revere. But after less than 100 m/yds, turn left on a path (Eze-Village).
•    This pretty path descends through the tall grass above a few luxury villas. Arriving at a concrete drive, follow it downhill to the right. Keep right, downhill, at the level of the junctions more along, until what you encounter the Grande Corniche again (2h05min).
•    Cross carefully, turn right for 20 m/yds and then turn left onto a path, the path greenhouse of Forqué.
The shade of the pines is welcome here, but the descent is very steep. Continue down, until you encounter the D6007, Moyenne Corniche, in front of the entrance of Eze-Village (2h20min). Take a break here before attacking the final descent. Route Cross and upward to Eze, passing tourist on your right. Just after Fragonard perfumery store on your left, you turn left to the road Frédéric Nietzsche (Eze - sea). But first, cross this charming village - visit the tropical gardens, Church and Chapel of the white penitents.
•    Finally the path turns right, crosses a pass (2h50min) and began the final descent. When you fill the D6098 (Corniche below) in Eze-Bord-de-Mer, turn right at the bus stop.

Walk 9: From St. Agnes in Castellar

Distance: 7km / 4.3 mi. 2h35min
Level: easy-moderate - on 500 m / 1640 ft of overall descent and 270 m / 885 meters difference in altitude (of which 200 m at the end of the hike). Markup red and white GR. IGN map 3742 OT.
The walk begins at the Col St-Sébastien below Ste-Agnes on the crossing with the D22 to Col de Gorbio. There is a medieval chapel here, a fountain and a deluge of traffic signs. Follow the paved footpath under the Chapel, the GR51 (La Virette, Monti and Castellar). Sometimes the horses are kept in this area; If you encounter electrified fences, use insulating handles for opening and closing the doors.

Description

•    Watch now to your destination - the coloured honey of Castellar, strung on a ridge buildings.
You pass through two chaos of rock. Behind the bed of a small stream ascend to the hamlet ruined the Virette (35 min). Carefully monitor the sign of change in direction GR, then turn left, ignoring any yellow markup. Crossing another watercourse (the Merthea ravine).
•    After the other side, a large paved trail comes in from the left behind you; follow the GR on the next hop. Arriving at a concrete intersection, turn right. Arrive at the Church of Monti (1h35min). Cross the auberge Pierrot Pierrette, and then turn left just after the bus shelter. your way continuous concrete just behind him. Down to an area industrial, but, just before you get there, don't forget to go straight along a track (just after a huge pylon).
Immediately after the passage of a stream, keep left uphill to a fork. Cross another course of water and on a concrete road, go left. Short way to the top: fork on the right (Castellar). This takes you on a concrete pathway. Cross the main stream and, at a fork, keep left uphill (Castellar 1 H). The trail climbs in zigzagues easy, sometimes through the vineyards with a breathtaking view in Castellar approach. Arriving in a concrete way of crossing, turn left uphill to a chapel on the avenue St. Anton, Castellar (2h35min).

Walk 10: Cap Martin

Distance: 5km / 3.1 mi. jeans
Difficulty: easy. IGN map 3742 OT.
Cap-Martin is Chin like Cap Ferrat is Nice - two beautiful enclaves. But their coastal paths are accessible to everyone.
Start the walk at the station of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. Cross the bridge on the railway, turn left and go to Le Corbusier (5 min). Pass several branch lines to go to points where you can swim, but remember, the sea is at least 10 m/30 ft of depth here. (The path is named in memory of the architect, who drowned while swimming off the coast of rocks). You pass under the Villa Cyrnos, former residence of the Empress Eugénie, where Winston Churchill came to dinner. The tour ends at the Boulevard Winston Churchill (55 min). Retrace your steps. Overlooking Monaco, Cap Ferrat, the tête de Chien, La Turbie and the village of Roquebrune, leave quietly at the station of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin (jeans).

Walk 11: Above Sospel

Distance: 9km / 5.6 mi. 3 h
Difficulty: moderate, with ascents/descents of 430 m/1410 ft overall. Red and white GR, yellow PR. IGN map 3741 markup and.
Two things delight us always to Sospel - the freshness in the air and the Italian atmosphere of the city, in particular around the square from the Cathedral and along the shores of Bévera, where the richly painted buildings are decorated with trompe l'oeil facades.

Description

•    Departing from the centre of Sospel, cross the road bridge on Bévera. Turn right on la face cachée and follow this road for 200 m/yds, then go left to the school of Art Deco, from where you follow the continuing marked in red / white - (col of Agaisen).
•    At the fork, ignore the path on the right direction Agaisen; stay on the road. Leave the road (15 min) to follow the GR left upwards on a gravel runway to decrease of Figueira. Stay left on the roadway width. At the junction three pathways that follows, take the road to the middle. Keep to the right at the next intersection.
•    After crossing a dry Creek then swerving a little, you arrive at a crossroads of three routes (1 h). Take the straight road (GR markup). Some 250 m/yds above, turn right uphill towards decrease of Figueira. Shortly afterwards, turn right at the neck of the Agaisen, where the continuing decline of de Figueira curls sharply to the left. Later turn right towards the Agaisen pass.
Arriving in a maze of paths and trails in the neck of the Agaisen (1h30min), you will find a steep path straight. Ignore it and take the wide path.
There is a beautiful view of the basin of Sospel... and you might see some colorful hang gliders. Turn right on the road just below the track and then take the direction of sospel via GR52A.
•    Beyond a barn, punctuated by Cypress, follow the straight path on a road. When you experience the road once again, follow it to the right and after about 350 m/yds, go left towards the bottom. The current path passes a small chapel with stained glass windows. The final descent is along the path of beautiful mule stone-laid above (right). A concrete ramp down (2h50min). Back to school, turn left on concrete measures, in the centre of Sospel.
 

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