French Riviera Secrets

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The great outdoors

There are many outdoors activities to be done to enjoy the French Riviera region to the fullest: sun-bathing and swimming in the sea to start with, of course, but also ski-ing, hiking, canyoning (canyoneering), sailing, fishing, biking...there will almost certainly be something of your liking.
The Côte d'Azur boasts a large variety of landscapes: from the rolling hills covered in vineyards towards the west, the coastal region with its beaches and rocky inlets, to the majestic peaks of the French Alps.

Here are some of the many excitig activities on offer:


Beaches

Depending on what you're used to , you might find the beaches here quite alright, or, you might be in for a bit of a disappointment...
Compared to many other places in the world, including and especially nearby Corsica, French Riviera beaches are not always as spectactular as the brochures make them out to be... however, there's still plenty of beautiful coastline to explore.


Mountains

The Alps are never far away, wherever you are on the Riviera. The highest peaks are in the north-east, towards the borders with Switzerland and Italy, flattening out in south-westerly direction.


Vesubie gorges

Rivers and Gorges

Between the coast and the French Alps lies a vast area of hills, valleys, rivers and gorges - a true paradise for walkers and seekers of calm and solitude.


Scenic Walks

From easy coastal walks to some more arduous walks in the pre-Alpine and Alpine regions, there's literally thousands of kilometers of walking tracks to be explored.
I've done quite a few randonnees, of which several multiple times; there's always something new to enjoy!


Ski-ing

There are a total of 15 ski and wintersport resorts in the Alpes-Maritimes (note the Cote d'Azur runs along the coast line of both the Alpes-Maritimes and Var departements), all within one or two hours drive from Nice.


Boating

If you fancy a bit of time away from the busy coast, take to the sea and enjoy the blue warm water of Mediterranean... why not make a trip to Iles de Lerins, near Cannes, or go to St. Tropez by boat ?


Paragliding

Updrafts occur in all mountainous regions, and the Cote d'Azur is no exception.
The pre-alpine region, to the north of Grasse and Nice, has got several mountain ridges that often have near vertical cliff faces rising several hundres metres high , sometimes much more.

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