The Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur region of the South of France has literally thousands of kilometres of waymarked hiking trails to explore. Several long distance GR routes criss-cross the region and a great number of shorter hiking trails provide access to stunning landscapes.
The best Hiking in the South of France
A coastal hike round the beautiful Cap Ferrat peninsula Route Notes Departure point: Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat Climb: 60 m Descent: 60 m Distance: 5.9 km Duration: 2 hours Difficulty: Easy Best time of year: Year round Hiking Trail Overview The lush natural flora of Cap Ferrat makes it really special, despite the number of private residences.
A coastal hike around the spectacular Cap d’Antibes peninsula. Route Notes Departure point: Antibes Climb: 30 m Descent: 30 m Distance: 4.8 km Duration: 2 hours Difficulty: Easy peasy Best time of year: Year round Hiking Trail Overview Cap d’Antibes conjures up images of exclusive villas for millionaires scattered among the pine trees and olive groves.
A three hour hike from medieval hilltop town Biot to Valbonne along the Brague river valley. Route Notes Departure point: Biot Distance: 9.8 km Climb: 180 m Descent: 60 m Duration: 3:00 hours Difficulty: easy peasy Best time to hike: year round Hiking Trail Overview Biot is a beautiful medieval hilltop village above the river.
A short hike from Vallauris with gorgeous views of Cannes, the Golfe-Juan and the Esterel mountains. Route Notes Departure point: Vallauris Climb: 150 m Descent: 150 m Distance: 3.5 km Duration: 1.5 hours Difficulty: Easy Best time of year: Year round Hiking Trail Overview Hit this hiking trail for a little piece of history.
The Verdon Gorge’s Blanc-Martel trail is one of the most popular hikes in France, and for good reason. There aren’t many canyon walks as spectacular as this anywhere in Europe. Hiking through ancient oak trees, you can see tiny silhouettes of climbers in the crevices of the massive canyon walls and griffon vultures soaring on thermals. With good climbs and steep descents (although these are short!), the route is varied, wild and beautiful.
Plage Passable to St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hiking Trail
Part of the Menton to Marseille sentier littoral, this is a moderately difficult hike from family-friendly Plage Passable in Villefranche-sur-Mer to the wonderfully picturesque fishing village of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. There’s about 4 hours of actual walking involved, but you’ll need more or less a full day if you bring a picnic and stop for a swim along the way. The route takes in four brilliant beaches and you’ll see acres of palms, figs, Aleppo pines, cacti and wild herbs.
Source: The Independent Traveller’s Guide: Provence