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Côte d’Azur, Antibes, Cannes, Nice

Summer outdoor adventures and must-see places in South of France

My friend and I will be in Cannes and Antibes for two months this summer and want to go on hikes and other outdoor adventures in the surrounding area, what are must-see places? 

7 Answers

top answer by
Michel from Antibes

Hi Kay, rare to see a Vermonter in this neck of the woods :)  For hiking, I can highly recommend Massif de l'Esterel (although it does get quite hot in the summer).  Take the train to Theoule-sur-Mer and you can hike in from there.  You might also want to go hiking in the Parc National du Mercantour (southern Alps).  Saint-Martin-Vésubie is a nice spot.  Another nice area to hike is the Gorges du Verdon.  Here's a site that can help you: (unfortunately only in French).  As for places do eat and drink, there are a tonne (or ton in americain :) ) between Nice and Cannes.  If your in Antibes, be sure to check out the Drinkers Club, not far from the covered market (I'll probably be there myself, lol).  Really nice bar.  Finally, dress for warm weather but be ready for some rainy days (there's always rain in May).  Everything goes, especially in Antibes which tends to full of British and Australians this time of year (all looking for work on the yachts).

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Massif de l'Esterel (attraction)
  2. Theoule-sur-Mer (city)
  3. Parc National du Mercantour (attraction)
  4. Gorges du Verdon (attraction)
  5. Nice (city)
  6. Cannes (attraction)
  7. Drinkers Club (attraction)
  8. Antibes (attraction)
  9. Saint-Martin-Vésubie (city)
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answered by
Jacey & Scott from Fort Collins

I spent a week in Cannes several years ago.  If you have a rental car: drive along the coastal highway-take your time, stop at the villages-all the way to Monte Carlo.  You can take the highway back for a shorter route.  I adored two inland villages:  Saint-Paul-de-Vence and Biot.  Saint Paul de Vence is a "rampart" city, walking only in the center with adorable shops, artist galleries and lovely bistros.  Biot is known for the glass blowing-mostly the type that has little bubbles in it.  There is a lovely creperie in the center of town.  I will try to locate the name for you and post at a later date.

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  1. Saint-Paul-de-Vence (city)
  2. Biot (city)
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answered by
Fabrice from Nice

Hello Kay, I recommend the "Parc National du Mercantour" which goes from the italian border to above Antibes. Fantastic mountain lakes and wildlife. There are many documented trails from beginners loop to multiday trekks. You can also sleep in the several mountain refuges. Precise maps are available in good bookstores or in hiking shops. Enjoy!


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  1. Parc National du Mercantour (attraction)
  2. Antibes (attraction)
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answered by
Rafael from Helsinki

You'll be spoilt for choice, the nearest outdoors from Cannes is arround Mandelieu-La Napoule (train approx. 10min. or a nice bike ride along the costal way) wich itself has some nice places a) walk allong the beach from the Château de La Napoule towards Port de la Napoule b) the hill top San Peyre, both are laisury walks with nice views. Allso the Massif de l'Esterel is nearby, good for cycling.

Gorges du Verdon area is a must see, its a bigger are so you need to do some planning (check the net and local tourist infos).

Try this: take the train to Villefranche-sur-Mer or Beaulieu-sur-Mer and walk allong the coast to/and around Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat ( approx. 14 km of paths along beautiful views and definitly some fresh sea air) its worth it !

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  1. Cannes (attraction)
  2. Mandelieu-La Napoule (city)
  3. Château de La Napoule (attraction)
  4. Port de la Napoule (attraction)
  5. San Peyre (attraction)
  6. Gorges du Verdon (attraction)
  7. Villefranche-sur-Mer (city)
  8. Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat (city)
  9. Beaulieu-sur-Mer (city)
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answered by
Andrew from Downtown Los Angeles

Two things off the beaten path, are actually two island just off the coast of Cannes. Just a 15 minute ferry ride away from the Cannes marina.

Île Sainte-Marguerite offers a few things. For historical buffs; It's the location of the fortress that housed the Man In The Iron Mask. For nature lovers it's got great small lagoons around the other side that provide a great picnic spot, swimming (it's a bit cold), and sun worshipping.

For a ferry schedule check:

Île Saint-Honorat has Cistercian monks who divide their time between praying and making wine. Yes you can buy monk made wine.

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  1. Île Sainte-Marguerite (island)
  2. Île Saint-Honorat (island)
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answered first by
Paula from Tampa

The village of Eze is a wonderful place to visit and a great walk through. We drove up and parked in the parking lot at the base of the village.

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  1. Eze (city)
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answered by
Anthony from Nice


For Nice you definitely have to see Place Masséna(by day and by night).

You also have the Le Chateau that is beautiful in Nice!

Around Nice you should take time to visit Eze Village and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat they are beautiful.

I would also advise to go to Theoule-sur-Mer. They have beautiful beaches and you can jump from the rock to the water.

Enjoy your stay here :)

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Place Masséna (attraction)
  2. Le Chateau (attraction)
  3. Eze (city)
  4. Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat (city)
  5. Theoule-sur-Mer (city)

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