Cap d'Antibes may be the land of exclusive mansions, of marbled hotels with fluffy slippers and valet parking.
It may be Russian oil billionaire Roman Abramovich's much beloved relaxation spot.
And sure, it was the setting for F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender Is the Night.
But you don't need a 100-feet yacht, a Ferrari or a Porsche to explore the Cap d'Antibes cape. All you need is a pair of sturdy legs fitted with good hiking shoes.
In two energetic hours, you can experience the richness of Cap d'Antibes on foot, along its coastal path that winds around the cape. The Sentier du Littoral coastal path is always well-maintained here and fitted with a few bridges and ramps where creeks plunge precipitously into the sea.
It skirts by private multi-million-Euro mansions. These mansions are guarded around the clock and so walled-in that you won't have much of a chance to admire their landscaping, much less the celebrities that drop by.
More interesting is the scenery by the water: white limestone creeks nibbled by salt and water, the deep blue all around, a few sails dotting the sea, flowers in bloom (in spring especially). You're the one with the best view in town as you walk along Sentier du Littoral. And the view is free!
The Sentier du Littoral or Coastal Path and takes you from the Plage de la Garoupe, around Cap Gros,
by the heavily-walled Chateau de la Croé and then back inland to the streets of the cape.
Getting there: You'll be away from the old town of Antibes. From Antibes, you can drive or take the bus. Park at Plage de la Garoupe or take the friendly Envi Bus (Ligne 2 from Antibes) to Garoupe. If taking the bus, make sure to wave the driver for pick-up: I've had the experience of a bus driving by while stood by the bus stop...
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What: Cap d'Antibes Sentier du Littoral Hike
Where: Cap d'Antibes, begin at Plage de la Garoupe
How Long: The full hike is 5.3 km long and takes about 2 hours. The Sentier du Littoral is NOT a place for high heels or even flip-flops. Wear study walking shoes.
Bring plenty of water: no water fountains are available.