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Hiking above Agay

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If you're visiting the seaside resort town of Agay, look up behind you. Those reddish brown rocky hills that peer over the Mediterranean are part of the Estérel Mountains.

Interested in a nature walk in the Estérel? We've talked about a few of our favorite Estérel hikes, and we've written a book about them too.

One Estérel hike with fantastic views is the walk up to the Rastel d'Agay. Because it's actually easy to miss the dirt trail that laces up to the top of the Rastel mountain, I recommend this one in a group setting or with a hiking guide or an IGN hiking map in hand. If you're in or around Agay for a quick visit, drop up a note and we'll give you more detailed info on the best trail to reach the top of the Rastel.

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Another way to soak in the seaside views from above is to drive to the Plateau d'Anthéor stop in the Esterel. Follow the Google Map below and park just ahead of the footpath sign "H32 - Cap Roux". From there, you can walk on the main wide path down to the St-Barthélémy rock and return on the same path. You can't get lost!

 


View AzurAlive.com: The Rastel d'Agay in a larger map


Winter Hiking in the Petites Maures

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It may be crispy cool weather this January on the French Riviera, but the sun shines. Perfect weather for a hike!

We talk a lot about the Estérel Mountains for hiking on the French Riviera. But the Estérel Mountains aren't the only seaside mountains on the Western Côte d'Azur. The Maures offer a huge number of trails, some of them with gorgeous views of green forested hills and the coast and sea that glitter from St Raphael to St Tropez.

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The Petites Maures are the smaller hills that you'll find behind Saint-Aygulf and Les Issambres. Fewer people know about them. To some, the Côte d'Azur is just about beaches. They're missing on a lot of fun!

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One easy way to reach the Petites Maures is the take the D7 road heading toward Roquebrune-sur-Argens from the coast. Turn left into the Château Vaudois and park just ahead of the winery's gates. You're at the foot of the Petites Maures.