Visits by foot

Nietzsche Path from the hotel parking (drop 489m)

Climb up the famous Nietszche trail from the coastline to the Village, named after the German philosopher who lived up there in the late 19th century. It is said that he climbed up the trail every day in the summer and that the heat gave him the hallucinations and inspiration for his work “Also Sprach Zarathustra “.

A coastal hike round the beautiful Cap Ferrat peninsula

The contrast between the lush flora of Cap Ferrat and the blue of the Mediterranean makes this hike really special, despite the number of private residences. Cap Ferrat covers about 200 hectares between Beaulieu-sur-Mer and Villefrance-sur-Mer.

The coastal path follows the limestone cliffs which protected the lighthouse at the end of the peninsula in the olden days. The lighthouse was built in 1827 but was destroyed in 1944 in the Second World War before being rebuilt in 1951.

The hike starts in Saint-Jean, a lovely little town which started as a small fishing port but has now become a tourist resort. The walk skirts the whole peninsula and ends back at the town beach. You’ll love the wildness of the coast which is only really interrupted by the Cap Ferrat hotel, although it is pretty discreet.

While you’re trekking, watch out for divers in search of underwater wonders in the sparkling waters and the fishermen patiently waiting for their big catch!

Cap Martin Tour (Le Corbusier path)

The Promenade Le Corbusier coastal pathway from Roquebrune-Cap-Martin to Monaco with views of the mountains and sea on the Menton side, and Monaco’s skyline on the other side.

The walk is named after Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, bettter known as Le Corbusier, the Swiss-born French resident famed for his architecture and design.

If you’re a design fanatic, you’ll be familiar with his work including the hotly-debated concept of the Cité Radieuse housing complex in Marseille, and his chairs especially the LC4 chaise lounger.

"À la tête de chien" hiking

Once you arrive on the beach Calanque de Figuerolles, in the middle of the inlet is the “Ilot du Lion”, a small island where only the most the brave jump off into the depths below. To the right is the unusual rock formation “Rocher du Capucin” sometimes called the “Rocher à la tête de chien (dogs head).

For the ambitious, the route can also be hiked by following the yellow markers (Sentier des Crêtes – about 10km and 4h30). Just be careful on days of high mistral winds or extreme heat as the route can be dangerous and closed to both pedestrians and cars. 

Saint Agnès-Gorbio hiking

High above Menton town, the village of Sainte Agnes has picturesque streets and many artists' studios. It is perched at 800 meters and is on the list known as the 'Plus Beaux Villages de France', run by an independent association that evaluates and promotes small and picturesque French villages of quality heritage. It is one of the nicest walks in the area with breathtaking views over the Mediterranean Sea.

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