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The French Riviera's Fiery Rebel: Esterel Mountains

Views of Esterel from the Corniche de l'Esterel

The Esterel Mountain range surprise many visitors to the French Riviera.

The French Riviera conjures up images of sand and pebble beaches, plush beach mattresses, long seaside promenades, bright blues of sea and sky, yellows and gold of sun and cliffs. Rarely do we think of mountain ranges when dreaming of the French Côte d'Azur.

Yet, drive along the "Corniche de l'Estérel" coastal road between Cannes and St Raphael and let the Esterel Mountains cast their fiery spell on you. The range's volvanic pikes rise out of the sea like pointed fingers in a dash of brick red colors. Their burned red colors contrast against the deep blue of the Mediterranean Sea. Their sharp, tormented peaks rage against the calmness of the sea.

If you are tempted to hike the mountain range, do go prepared with an IGN map as well as a good local hiking guide such as 26 Gorgeous Hikes. We have also written a number of articles on hikinhg the Estérel which you can access under the "Esterel" category.


Views of Esterel from the Corniche de l'Esterel