Hiking the Cap d’Antibes trail

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Take a step back from the glitz and glamour of the French Riviera, and explore the natural beauty of the Cap d’Antibes.

The Côte d'Azur is so named for good reason. The crystal-clear waters of the Cap d’Antibes are the definition of sparkling azure blue. To really make the most of this stretch of coastline, head out of the main town, hit the dusty trail and hike out to the best viewpoints.

Antibes

Where in France: Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Drive from Calais: 1,211 km / 11h 50m

People flock from all over the world to bask in the sun-drenched splendour of the French Riviera, and stroll along the beach admiring the beautiful yachts and the beautiful people on board. The town’s beauty has also attracted some famous admirers over the years, including the author Graham Greene, and the artists Max Ernst and Pablo Picasso.

Picasso, in fact, featured the town in many of his works, and even has a museum dedicated to him there now. It goes without saying that the curation of the Musée Picasso focuses heavily on the artist’s work of Antibes, but after recent renovations it has been re-contextualised and positioned in a broader perspective of Picasso’s life.

Lose yourself down the pretty streets in the town of Antibes
Lose yourself down the pretty streets in the town of Antibes.

For a taste of ‘real’ Antibes, head into the old town, and get lost amid the maze of cobbled streets. Try to navigate your way to the Marché Provençal, a beautiful old local market housed beneath a 19th century roof. Head out early, as it’s only open until 1pm, but whilst you’re there you can pick up all manner of delicious morsels to rustle up some lunch. Admire the view from the old sea walls while you eat, and build up an appetite for a good, long walk along the rugged coastline below.

Hiking around the Cap d’Antibes

Whether you’re a seasoned pro, or a bit of a hiking rookie, the Cap d’Antibes trail is accessible to everyone. The route is about 4.8km in length, and will take you around two hours to complete, with an ascent and descent of 30m. All in all, nothing too strenuous, but so worth it for the views.

You’ll start and finish at La Garoupe beach, where you can park your car just behind the beach itself. From here, head to the end of the beach and start to follow the footpath round towards the wild headland, in the opposite direction to the town of Antibes. Keep following the wide path, and you’ll come to a stunning cove with views of the Côte d'Azur that will take your breath away.

There are numerous postcard-perfect bays all around the Cap d’Antibes
There are numerous postcard-perfect bays all around the Cap d’Antibes.

Keeping along the path, which will change shortly after this first cove into a paved path, and next you’ll come to the Cap Gros. All along the coast, you’ll find pretty bays and inlets of the clearest, bluest water you’ve ever seen. And on your other side, some of the biggest, most beautiful houses and villas in the area.

Continue around the headland, past a couple more bays where you can stop off for a refreshing dip – or at least a paddle – until you come to the Baie des Milliardaires d'Antibes, or the Bay of Antibes Billionaires. From here, take the path inland, which will lead you back to La Garoupe beach where you started.

Take a dip in the crystal clear waters of this little slice of paradise
Take a dip in the crystal clear waters of this little slice of paradise.

It goes without saying, but take care when walking along this coastal path. It’s mostly safe, and without hazard, but after rain or particularly rough seas, the path can get wet and slippery. There are handrails along the majority of the route, but take your time nonetheless, which will also give you more time to enjoy the natural beauty of the place.

If you’ve got itchy feet, and can’t wait to set off on your next walking adventure, you’ll be hard pushed to find a more scenic route than the Cap d’Antibes trail. Just remember to book your tickets with us in advance to take advantage of the best fares across the Channel.