Fodor's Expert Review Le Sentier du Littoral

Cap d'Antibes Trail Fodor's Choice
Trail, Le Sentier du Littoral, The French Riviera, France

Bordering the Cap's zillion-dollar hotels and over-the-top estates runs one of the most spectacular footpaths in the world. Nicknamed the Sentier "Tire-poil" (because the wind is so strong it "ruffles the hair"), the circuit stretches about 5 km (3 miles) along the outermost tip of the peninsula, bringing it "full circle" around the gardens at Eilenroc over to l'Anse de l'Argent Faux. An educational family-fun nature walk can be booked through the tourist office, or you can tackle the path on your own via the pretty Plage de la Garoupe (where Cole Porter and Gerald Murphy used to hang out), with a paved walkway and dazzling views over the Baie de la Garoupe and the faraway Alps. Round the far end of the cap, however, and the paved promenade soon gives way to a boulder-studded pathway that picks its way along 50-foot cliffs, dizzying switchbacks, and thundering breakers. (Signs read, "Attention Mort" [Beware: Death], reminding you this path can be very dangerous in stormy weather.)... READ MORE

Bordering the Cap's zillion-dollar hotels and over-the-top estates runs one of the most spectacular footpaths in the world. Nicknamed the Sentier "Tire-poil" (because the wind is so strong it "ruffles the hair"), the circuit stretches about 5 km (3 miles) along the outermost tip of the peninsula, bringing it "full circle" around the gardens at Eilenroc over to l'Anse de l'Argent Faux. An educational family-fun nature walk can be booked through the tourist office, or you can tackle the path on your own via the pretty Plage de la Garoupe (where Cole Porter and Gerald Murphy used to hang out), with a paved walkway and dazzling views over the Baie de la Garoupe and the faraway Alps. Round the far end of the cap, however, and the paved promenade soon gives way to a boulder-studded pathway that picks its way along 50-foot cliffs, dizzying switchbacks, and thundering breakers. (Signs read, "Attention Mort" [Beware: Death], reminding you this path can be very dangerous in stormy weather.) Continue along the newer portion of the path to the cove l'Anse de l'Argent Faux, where you can stop and catch your breath before heading up to the entrance of Eilen Roc. Then follow Avenue Beaumont until it touches the Cap's main road RD2559. On sunny days, with exhilarating winds and spectacular breakers, you'll have company, although for most stretches all signs of civilization completely disappear except for a yacht or two. The walk takes about two hours to complete, but it may prove to be two of the more unforgettable hours of your trip (especially if you tackle it at sunset). By the way, if you come across locked gates blocking your route it's because storm warnings have been issued and you are not allowed to enter.

From the station in town take Bus No. 2 to Fontaine stop. To return, follow the Plage de la Garoupe until Boulevard de la Garoupe, where you'll make a left to reconnect with the bus.

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Antibes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur  06600, France

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