Cote d’Azur is definitely a hiker’s paradise. While you may think it’s just about beaches and city glamour, it’s pretty diverse in terms of geographies. With its aerial views, doable escalations, and well-marked trails, it’s a great place for an intermediate hiker (like me) to dabble into the sport. So, get your most comfortable sneakers & clothes ready, because it’s time to hike through these stone trails. In today’s article, I’m sharing my favorite top 5 off-beat intermediate Hiking trails in Cote d’Azur. These hikes may or not be popular but I call them off-beat because they’re usually not the first hiking choice when in the area.
Before we begin, let me explain that I’m not a pro hiker, in fact far from it, but I enjoy occasional treks and hikes in Summer. I absolutely can’t hike in the rain or winter just because the idea makes me very nervous. Hiking is always challenging, even if it’s not the most challenging trail so be cautious and use your discretion if you’re a newbie. The climb will always be harder than the descend, so plan your trip accordingly. Remember to stay hydrated and take breaks, too.
5 off-beat intermediate Hiking trails in Cote d’Azur:
1. Eze village
To get to Eze from the beach station, take the Nietzsche path which is about 1:30- 2 hours hike up the mountain depending on how fast you want to go and how long you want to spend observing the views. The route is well defined and has a rocky path around the top that makes it a holistic hike experience but also doable enough. The views are truly one of the best you’ll see on the coast.*
2. Baou de St. Jeanette
This remote village on the coast has a lot of hikes, including a 5km-6km trail on Baou de Saint Jeannet. The trail is very rocky and is definitely recommended for the faint of hearts because it becomes too challenging too quickly. Especially because the path is not very clearly defined and the trail remains quite empty. However, once you’re over the initial hesitations, you’ll see how serene and fulfilling it is.
3. Petite boucle du Lac d’Allos, Notre-Dame des Monts, et Source du Chadoulin- Mercantour National Park
Well, Mercantour National Park has over 100 must-see hiking trails in Cote d’Azur but I want to specifically talk about Petite boucle du Lac d’Allos, Notre-Dame des Monts, et Source du Chadoulin. It’s a 5.1km intermediate hiking trail that covers a beautiful lake, some lower snowy mountain views, and a lot of panoramic views of the park. The trail is well-taken and highly relaxing, too.
4. Cap Esterel hike
Now, this is a hike, I recommend for the sunset views. The starting point of the hike is the Sainte-Baume car park, which I read everywhere is also easily accessible by car from Saint-Raphaël. Around 7.1kms and 3-4hours later, you’ll be at the top of the mountain, ready to enjoy your sunset and maybe even have a small pique-nique. The cliff-top is as romantic as it gets.
5. Corconne Hike
Along with the villages of Cevennes is one of the shorter intermediate Hiking trails in Cote d’Azur – Corconne and its “Balade du Pont du Hasard” (Fortune Bridge Walk). You need around 1-1.5hrs to scale this hike which has a defined path, low escalation points, and a beautiful trail. You’ll also find pretty handicraft markets to rest and shop as you walk around the villages.
So, have you tried any of these hiking trails before? Are you inspired to try some? Do you have a suggestion for my next trip? Did I miss something? Leave it in the comments below!
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