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French Riviera Scenic Walks

Below you will find a selection of French Riviera scenic walks and places that I think are interesting, beautiful and impressive... either because of their natural, artistic, architectural or historic value. This list will grow, watch this space!

I'm sharing some of the walks I have done over the years; for an excellent overview of all outdoor activities take a look on this site, maintained by the Conseil Général des Alpes-Martimes.

Note: it is advisable to always consult the weather before you head off, notify people where you're going and bring ample water and a good map of the region.


Coastal walks

There are a number of beautiful French Riviera coastal walks; none of them are difficult, and can be done any time of the year, except really in July and August when the weather will be simply too hot, and traffic congestion will make access very difficult.

Pointe de l'Aiguille
Cap d'Antibes
St.-Tropez
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
Roquebrune-Cap-Martin

Nice-Grasse hinterland

The vast area behind the line Grasse-Nice is a paradise for walkers, of all levels of fitness , for all seasons.
The region of the Côte d'Azur pre-Alps has obtained the official status of Natural Regional Park ( Parc naturel régional des Préalpes d’Azur) in March 2012.
Numerous medieval villages, where time appears to have stood still, winding rivers, beautiful gorges, an already mountainous landscape in places, with the highest points being around 1500-1800m of altitude, provide ample opportunity for walking and hiking.

Balcon du Loup
Castellaras
Caussols
Greolières
Puy de Naouri
Ilonse hamlets
Châteauneuf-Villevieille
Crêtes du Bauroux

Alpine walks: Southern French Alps and Mercantour National Park

The Mercantour National Park was created 1979 and is one of 7 national parks in France. It covers 685 square kilometres (268 sq miles) of mountainous landscape in the south-east of the country, bordering right on the French Riviera towards the south. To the north and east the park continues across the Italian border into the Parco Naturale delle Alpi Marittime.
Many walks are available here; given the nature of this region, it's advisable to take normal precautions when venturing out in the mountains (such as warm clothing, food and water, and letting people know where you are going to be and by when you expect to return).

Madone de Fenestre
Gordolasque Valley
Vallée des Merveilles

Maps can be had in the various tourist offices, and also consulted online: the best place for online maps is the official GeoPortail website.
This site also has an excellent smartphone app available, for both IOS and Android; search Apple AppStore or Google Play for the name: "iphigénie".
Lots of details about walking and cycling can be found here: official site of the Alpes Maritimes region dedicated to tourism.

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