Tuesday, May 20, 2008

La Corniche d'Or: Fréjus, Saint-Raphaël to Cannes

We decided to head west to check out the routes to some hikes in the book, 26 Gorgeous Hikes on the Western Cote d'Azur.

From Mougins, we took the A8 to the exit at les Adrets-de-l'Esterel. The road intersected with the N7 that goes past Mt Vinaigre (one of the hikes mentioned in the book). Since we were scoping out driving distances/time, we continued on to Fréjus in search of Pic du Cap Roux and Pic de l'Ours (more hikes in the book).

When we got to Fréjus, it was almost time for lunch. We took advantage of the free parking next to the beach at Fréjus. The beach is very pretty there, sandy and well-maintained with planted palm trees, gardens, walkways and arbors. There are also historic sites in the old town, but seeing such wasn't a focus of our trip.

The pretty beach at Fréjus:

Harborside lunch of croque monsieur (grilled ham and gruyere sandwich) with pommes frites (fries).

After our leisurely lunch break, we headed toward Saint-Raphaël on the N98. The road section along N98, La Corniche d'Or, links Saint-Raphaël to Cannes. The road was opened in 1903 by the Touring Club de France.

Another roadside pause in Saint-Raphaël to look around. We could envision staying awhile in the area.

The popular game of boules:

This must be Pic de l'Ours?

We were so sidetracked by the scenic drive and little towns that we decided to forego mountain hikes.

NEXT: Cap d'Antibes: A Favorite Hike