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Villefranche-sur-mer

Villefranche-sur-Mer is a charming town located on the French Riviera, nestled between Nice and Monaco. Known for its picturesque harbour and idyllic scenery, it boasts golden sandy beaches lined by crystalline waters. The 16th-century Saint-Elme Citadel and the medieval streets of the historic center transport visitors back in time. Art enthusiasts will appreciate the Saint-Pierre Chapel decorate...See more

Walking around Villefranche-sur-mer

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Walks and hikes around Villefranche-sur-mer.
Hiking Tour of Mont Gros
14 km

Hiking Tour of Mont Gros

A rounded peak surrounded by limestone bars with peaks, Mont Gros abruptly dominates the bay of Roquebrune and the vast beach of Cabbé where paragliders and hang gliders find an ideal landing ground. From the Col de la Coupière (440 m), head south up the DFCI Trois Monts track (GR 51) before soon turning left onto the small diverticulum known as the "Rossignola"; this brings you to a significant bend in the road where you leave the track once again for the path that rises up the ubac of Mont Gros to a small collet located just above the nearby summit. Make a short return journey to the take-off area to admire the panorama of the summit of Mont Gros (686 m) and the prowess of the "libéristes" on their way to the beach of Cabbé, the ideal landing area. From the collet of Mont Gros, descend due south along a good path facing the sea on the generously reforested adret; when you reach the Fenouil houses, turn left to cross the eastern side of Mont Gros horizontally. A final climb through a coppice of yew trees takes you back to a small pass where you can follow the same route as before; you can easily reach the Coupière pass by the path, then the track followed on the way up. Road access From the N.7 at Cap Martin, go up the D.51 road towards La Turbie for 2.5 km. On the inside of a large curve, turn right onto the D.50 road leading to Gorbio; follow this road for 1 km and then turn left onto the narrow and steep asphalt path of La Coupière which leads to the car park of the pass (440 m).

2 h
5 km
06500 Gorbio
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Hiking Castellar-Menton via Balmetta and Baousset
19 km

Hiking Castellar-Menton via Balmetta and Baousset

An easy hike, almost entirely downhill. After some beautiful passages in the forest, the itinerary leads to Super-Garavan and continues in the direction of the old town of Menton, with magnificent views over the bay of Garavan and the Gulf of Peace. From the car park at the entrance to the village, head towards the Saint-Sébastien chapel (marker 416) and, at the first intersection, turn right downhill in front of the school (marker 145). The road then climbs slightly before reaching a new intersection shortly after the Saint-Roch chapel. Turn right onto the road leading downhill towards Menton (marker 414 Menton by Balmetta and Baousset). After a few metres, the route, signposted and marked by a yellow rectangle, goes off to the left and flat. You then lose altitude along a small path with superb views, skirting some beautiful properties. Once past the Maglioc ravine, the route runs alongside an imposing wall that obscures the view of a magnificent property. Shortly afterwards, this path joins a concrete track near the motorway and passes through a completely painted tunnel at the end of which you come out onto the road. Go up to the right and turn left at the first intersection onto the road to Colle Supérieure (sign), in the direction of the old town. The road climbs steeply at first and then descends through the houses, passing the Trabuquet cemetery. After a few steps downhill, you reach a crossroads with the old Menton cemetery opposite, at the top of the old town. There, on this small square, turn left into the small alley that runs alongside the cemetery. Then, by a succession of stairs, reach the Saint-Michel basilica in Menton.

2 h
6.2 km
Route Granges Saint-Paul 20 m après la chapelle Saint-Roch 06500 Castellar
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Discover the French Riviera by Nicecar Vehicle + Galimard Eau de Cologne Workshop (option) – Departing from Nice
2.4 km

Discover the French Riviera by Nicecar Vehicle + Galimard Eau de Cologne Workshop (option) – Departing from Nice

Discover Nice and drive along the French Riviera aboard a small open-top vehicle, an amusing and original way to admire the Côte d’Azur!  DISCOVER NICE AND DRIVE ALONG THE FRENCH RIVIERA ABOARD A SMALL OPEN-TOP VEHICLE, AN AMUSING AND ORIGINAL WAY TO ADMIRE THE CÔTE D’AZUR! Collect your amusing vehicle, equipped with GPS and set off on an exploration of Nice and its surroundings for 1, 2 and a half or 4 hours depending on the selected package.  You will cross the famous Massena Square, tour the old town and climb up to Fort Alban, the highest viewpoint of the city giving you a beautiful panoramic view of the coast. You will also be able to admire gorgeous views of the sea on your descent towards Lympia Port and during your ride along the Promenade des Anglais.  If you have rented the vehicle for more than 1 hour, head towards the beach of Villefranche-sur-Mer, the only sandy beach in the region. Continue along the seaside and discover the gardens of Villa Ephrussi in Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat. In 3 hours, you can make it all the way to the Monaco Casino and even take in a quiet and relaxing break at the summit of the village of Eze where the Galimard boutique is located. If you so choose, you also have the option of participating in the creation of your own Eau de Cologne at a fragrance workshop and bring home a 15ml bottle of your concoction. On the return to Nice, enjoy the bemused stares of pedestrians along the roads.  Throughout your tour, you can be accompanied by music or audio commentary detailing the important sites you will come across. 

Rue Emmanuel Philibert 06300 Nice
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We have no information on the difficulty of this circuit. You may encounter some surprises along the way. Before you go, please feel free to inquire more and take all necessary precautions. Have a good trip! 🌳🥾