Magical Coastal walks
Around Cap d’Antibes
There are many beautiful coastal walks along the Riviera but his one has to be one of the most beautiful. This trail can be done all year round but of course, in summer it can be combined with a trip to the beach and a dip in the sea. The scenery is stunning and the whole 4.8 km circuit will take you 2 hours to complete. This is a Happy Hiker Green trail with just 30m of positive gain.
If you are doing this walk in the winter months do not attempt to do it in stormy or windy weather as the path will be closed to prevent people from being swept into the sea by the waves. To access the start of the path, drive to Antibes and go down southward towards the Cap on the coastal road until you hit the Garoupe beach where you can leave the car in the car park. From the car park, just after the beach at way marker 54 go along the wide coastal route opposite the ramparts of old Antibes. You will come to a cove with a double view over Antibes and the east Riviera.
The coastal route becomes a paved pathway (Waymarker 55) and takes you to le cap Gros before bordering the walls enclosing the huge gardens of the châteaux de la Garoupe and la Croé (waymarker 56). The path becomes narrower and winds its way around the cliffs and pretty little creeks. This brings you as close as you can get to Cap d’Antibes which is occupied by the Eilen Roc villa which belongs to the town of Antibes. Skirt the gardens and carry on until you get to the Argent Faux cove and go up as far as the entrance gate of the Eilen Roc villa (waymarker 57).
Take avenue Beaumont (dead end) until you tangent the cap’s main road (RD 2559).
Ignore this road and take avenue de la Tour Gandolphe, which starts immediately on your right and brings you back to the start again.
When walking, I advise taking hiking sticks, as they will help you with both the ascents and descents. They also guarantee you get a full body work out. You’ll need a cap and sunglasses to keep the sun off your face (the sun is a lot stronger in the hills and mountains so don’t forget the sunscreen). Remember to take more water than you think you’ll need (at least a litre and a half per person) and enough protein bars for during and after the hike. I always have a high fiber, high protein breakfast before I set off which means that I don’t need to carry a large picnic with me as good quality protein bars are sufficient (always take a couple of extra ones). Purpose-made hiking boots/shoes, a roll-up rain jacket, first aid kit, and a rucksack are a must and you will need lighter wear for the Spring/Summer season and heavier/warmer for Autumn and Winter. I have a Bogner zip-up, long-sleeved, lightweight golfing jacket from One Eagle Monaco that not only enables a full range of movement but is also great for cooler Spring/Autumn walks as it keeps you at the perfect body temperature. In the winter months, you will need extra layers of clothing, gloves, a warm hat, and thicker socks. Last but not least, you will need the “Cannes- Grasse” TOP 25 n° 3643 ET map (can be purchased online or in newsagents and sports shops) to mark out your trail before you set off.
If you are a French speaker you can also find the hike on the following link:
but you will still need your IGN map as these on-line guides are only approximate. There are also hike specific apps such as Visorando, which have both free and purchasable versions and can be very useful guides and even have GPS options. https://www.visorando.com
If you have Strava you can record your walk on this app and it will give you lots of fascinating statistics at the end as well as totaling up the number of km/altitude you do in any given year.
When you’re done, I strongly recommend a foot massage using Young Living Essential Foot Oil (a combo of Rosemary, Peppermint, and Lavender) – your feet will thank you later!
Enjoy your hike and don’t forget your camera
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