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Hiking along the coast

Hiking along the coast
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Pedestrian excursions are a great way to improve health and mood, and if we walk in such beautiful places, that the region of the Alpes-Maritimesis rich in, the benefits will be doubled!

This area is divided into 3 zones, known as the Coast (Pays Côtier), middle mountains (Moyen Pays) and highlands (Haut Pays). In France, a «тetwork» of special tourist paths for walkers is designed for each of these zones.

Now the length of hiking trails from Cannes to Menton is more than 180 km (and the first hiking trails along the coast were paved still in the thirties of the last century). All hiking trails are strengthened and enclosed in dangerous places, as well as equipped with signs and places of recreation.

The travelers can, of course, go for walks alone, but it is advisable to walk with a conductor-guide for the first time in an unfamiliar place (and in particularly difficult and dangerous cases, for example, in the mountains, it is advisable to overcome the track with instructor-guides).
 
The travel time is usually about two hours, and the most accessible and most popular routes are set around three peninsulas: Cap d'Antibes, Ferrat and Martin, or along the coast: in the Cap d'Ail, Roquebrune, Villefranche, La Napoule and the Lérins Islands (les îles de Lérins).

The travelers should remember that it is forbidden to be near the water during stormy weather. Moreover, going to explore the mountain paths in complex campaigns with climbs to a height (as in routes from Èze-sur-Mer to Èze-Village, around Augustus Trophy (Trophée d’Augustus) to La Turbie or the Dog's Head (la Tête de Chien) on the Cap d'Ail, and especially in the Highlands), one must not forget the necessity of having special shoes, sticks and other support equipment, depending on the chosen route.

During walks, one can see many interesting things at the same time and explore the local attractions and beautiful natural areas. To do this, one should go through the «Organs Route» (la « Route des organes »), the «Route of Nisso-Ligurian Baroque» (la « Route du baroque nisso-ligure ») and the «Garden Route» (la « Route des jardins »).

For example, following the «Organs Route» (la « Route des organes »), you may see seven such big ancient musical instruments - organs in the Roya Valley (la Vallée de la Roya). (The sacred music concerts are held every summer in chapels and churches, where they are located).

The «Route of Nisso-Ligurian Baroque» (la « Route du baroque nisso-ligure ») will allow you to explore over 80 monuments of Baroque architecture of the Riviera - cathedrals, palaces and chapels built in the late XVI - early XVII century.

As for the «Garden Route» (la « Route des jardins »), it is traced from the castle of La Napoule to the border with Italy. Going down this road, the travelers can see the beautiful gardens of Menton, the garden of Renoir in Cagnes-sur-Mer, the gardens around la Villa Éphrussi de Rothschild in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and la Villa Kérylos in Beaulieu-sur-Mer.

In addition, you can visit the famous parks: the Esterel (le parc de l'Esterel) with rare orchids and birds, flying over the red volcanic rocks; la Pointe de l'Aiguille with comfortable beaches surrounded by alcoves and stony terraces!

In La Valmasque, walks to the wonderful lotus pond (l'étang de Fontmerle) are waiting for you; in Vaugrenier, you will see a pond with an exceptional clean water; the picturesque gorges of the river Loup; in Le Vinaigrier, the panoramic views of the Bay of Angels (la Baie des Anges) and the Raid of Villefranche (le Raid de Villefranche) are fascinating; and in La Grande Corniche, you can enjoy a panoramic view from San Remo to St. Tropez.


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Vaucluse: a department in Provence Region – the Alps – Cote d’Azur – in south France. Population: slightly over 0, 5 million people. 



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