The best outdoor activities on the Cote d’Azur

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Walking in breath-taking mountain or coastal scenery, cycling along tree-lined country lanes, or trying one of the many water sports on offer, there’s so much to see and do if you are staying at one of our holiday homes with pools on the Cote d’Azur.

Here’s our guide to just some of the great outdoor activities on offer on the Cote d’Azur.

Fine weather, fabulous scenery, good public transport links and a vast network of way-marked footpaths make this great walking country, with one proviso; the heat of high summer (July and August) brings the risk of forest fires and is best avoided when undertaking strenuous activity.
The region offers a range of walking areas, often categorised by local guide books as either Pays Cotier (coastal path walks), Moyen Pays (routes slightly inland) or Haut Pays. The last are walks in mountainous terrain, largely within the lovely Mercantour National Park which lies along the border with Italy. The Esterel mountain range (east of Nice) and the Massif des Maures (above St Tropez) are less challenging yet both ideally suited to discovering the flora, fauna and landscape away from the busy, frequently suburban, coastline. However, it is also possible to escape the crowds on sections of the coastal path, particularly around Cap Ferrat. The Calanques National Park, around Cassis, and the islands of Porquerolles and Port Cros (a nature reserve) are also recommended.

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