When you think of Cap d’ Antibes, you most certainly think of the exclusive hotels, and prestigious villas in the middle of the green oasis of the peninsula. The high Aleppo pine trees, ancient olive trees, white limestone cliffs and deep bays give the landscape a wild character.
A lovely swinging hiking trail that appears around the coastline will surprise you. It offers beautiful views of the azure blue sea. On the other side you will see the high walls that protect the gardens from the waves. The trail is known as one of the most beautiful of the Côte d’ Azur: Le Sentier du Littoral. Not long ago it was extended, and it is now possible to walk the entire route of 4 kilometres. It will take you roughly two hours.
A good place to start is the small, paved path near Plage de la Garoupe. In the summer it might get a little challenging to find a parking spot. Therefore, we advise you to come early in the morning, or late in the afternoon. Due to the high temperatures in summer, it might be smart to complete the trail in the late afternoon or even the evening.
The trail will provide a beautiful view of the Base de la Garoupe and you can even see the Alps from far. The route will take you around pristine, interesting and fairy-like places. During the walk you will descend and climb, which will make the trail a sportive activity. Sometimes the path takes you close to high cliffs. High waves and signs with the warning: ‘ promenade très dangereuse par coup de mer’ will prove that the path will be a dangerous place in times of storm. Therefore, it will be necessary to wear shoes. It is not recommended to walk the path on flip-flops.
From the southernmost point of the cape the trail continues along the new part of the Le Sentier du Littoral. You will walk around the walls of Château Croë (private property) where you will leave the coast and go further inland. Soon after that you will see Villa Eilenroc, this is a beautiful place to take a break and catch your breath.
Vila Eilenroc was built between 1860 and 1867 by dutchman Hugh Hope Loudon. The villa was named Eilenroc, anagram of Cornelie, the name of his spouse. The extraordinary villa is the symbol for the luxe and ardour of the Belle Epoque. The last owner bequeathed the villa in 1982 to the city of Antibes Juan-les-Pins with the special condition that it would be open for the public.
The park around the villa contains traditional flowers and plants from the Méditerranée. In the heart of the garden, there is a beautiful rose garden. When the villa and the gardens are opened it is definitely worth a visit.
With a hike around Cap d’ Antibes and a visit of villa Eilenroc you will kill two birds with one stone. It will be a day to never forget, especially when you catch the beautiful sunset.