The French Riviera often rhymes with luxury, paradise of the jetset, show-biz stars … Some hate it, others adore it, because you find everything and its opposite. There are both very luxurious and very wild places.
We decided with my friend Marion to discover the French Riviera in August. This was not easy given the number of tourists attending this time of year, but we had chosen to visit wild places and rest on quiet beaches.
This region is naturally rich, it has many small beaches and natural coves. On the other hand, you have to get up early in the morning not to arrive on a crowded beach and find a place to park your car.
The French Riviera is one of the most beautiful regions in France but it is better to go in the spring, when the tourists have not yet invaded the place.
We slept in the town of St Raphael, rather quiet compared to St Tropez, not far away. From St Raphael, we had several possibilities of beaches.
The creek of Santa Lucia is located to the east of the port of St Raphael. It is accessible by the coastal path. It takes a lot of walking to get there, but the reward on arrival is deserved. The landscape is beautiful with the rocks of red rhyolite typical of the Esterel.
The calanque of the English is a complete change of scenery, near St Raphael. There are red rocks of the Esterel, near Agay. The Esterel Massif is a low altitude volcanic mountain mass of 32,000 hectares. Its particularity is its color, due to porphyric (volcanic) rocks, especially especially rhyolite. The mixture of the red color and the blue water gives tones absolutely magnificent. On the other hand, you have to be careful because some hikes in the massif are not well defined. So you will have to be careful if you venture and especially take your precautions with sunscreen, water and a hat.
A little further on is Theoule sur Mer, on the border of the Alpes-Maritimes and the Var. There are three types of beaches: sands, pebbles, rocks, all equally magnificent. It is possible to go diving, but also to hike in the rock formations.
We then decided to spend a day in Cannes, to stroll in front of the luxury boutiques and to walk on the Croisette. You should know that in Cannes, there are very few public beaches, most are private and therefore overly expensive! So we opted for a small cocktail in front of the sea.
To discover another very nice place located on the Mediterranean coast of France, do not hesitate to read my article on the city of Montpellier :