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The Esterel Massif

The coastal road that winds its way from Cannes all the way to Frejus and beyond, to Saint-Tropez, offers spectacular views over the Mediterranean on one side, and of the red coloured rocks and mountains of the Esterel on the other.
There are many rocky inlets, some with tiny beaches, that provide great opportunities for a swim in the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean.
Note that in July and August, unfortunately, it's quite busy, so during that period you do need to take your time and be patient.

The coastline of the Esterel Massif The coastline of the Esterel Massif

Inland there are several interesting walks to be done, and you can also crisscross the Massif by car; note that not all roads are sealed, and some maybe closed in case of increased risk of forest fires.

The Esterel, the distinctively red mountain range between Cannes and Fréjus, is one of the oldest mountain ranges in France, formed as a results of volcanic eruptions, some 250 million years ago.
Worn-down by erosion, its highest peak, Mont Vinaigre, now only measures 2015 foot / 617 m.
It offers many opportunities for walking, and you'll be amazed by its silence and feeling of remoteness, feeling far away from the busy Cote d'Azur.
You can walk in any season, but in summer don't forget to bring plenty of drinking water and wear light and light-coloured clothes.

Volcanic rock gives the Esterel its distinctive red colour Volcanic rock gives the Esterel its distinctive red colour
Volcanic rock gives the Esterel its distinctive red colour Esterel - the red volcanic rock complements the deep blue of the Mediterranean
There's many 'hidden' beaches and rocky inlets There's many 'hidden' beaches and rocky inlets

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The Esterel runs from Frejus in the west to Cannes-Mandelieu in the east
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