Monday, November 19, 2007

Walks within reach of Nice - 1. Cap d'Antibes

A drive around the Cap d'Antibes provides wonderful views of the med and, on the eastern side, views of the ramparts of Antibes. However, the drive cuts across the apex of the cap and the rugged coast cannot be seen by car. Take the time to get out of your car and walk around the cap to be rewarded with beautiful views of the med and to get a better feel of the coast.

The walk starts at at plage de la homonyme where there is plenty of parking. The walk hugs the coast with the walls of the large villas on the one side and the water on the other. The path is well maintained and is easy, although be warned that the path follows the up and down of the rocks so there are many steps both up and down.
We did the walk on a sunny, calm November Sunday. The deep blue of the Mediterranean sea contrasted nicely with the white limestone rocks worn away by the force of the sea, although on this day it was hard to believe that the sea could be dangerous!
I would not recommend this when the mistral is blowing as the sea can be very rough and some of the path was very close to the water. Be sure to take some water on hot days as the walk takes about an hour and a half and there are no refreshements available.

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