The Hinterland of the French Riviera

Following breathtaking panoramic roads, this itinerary will take you to discover the enchanting hinterland of the French Riviera, full of charming villages.
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Route: 250 km | Duration: 4 days | Recommended period: June/July

Main stages

  1. Menton – Gorbio – Sainte-Agnès
  2. Grand Corniche
  3. Gorges du Loup
  4. Massif de l’Estérel

day 1: Menton – Gorbio – Sainte-Agnès

Starting from Menton, take the D23 to the village of Gorbio, the highest seaside village in Europe. This is a beautiful panoramic road that climbs among goats grazing among the rocks and breathtaking landscapes on the Riviera.

From there, continue to Sainte-Agnés. See the gigantic fort, accessed by a drawbridge, which was part of the infamous Maginot Line, 240 km of military fortifications.

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day 2: Grand Corniche

Driving along this road is a real treat for the mind and eyes: you will pass mountain villages clinging to the rocks and admire extraordinary views, which light up under the scorching Côte d’Azur sun.

Continue on the D22 to Peille, a picturesque, perfectly preserved medieval village (where you can make a short stop) via the Col de la Madone, a mountain pass that is truly awe-inspiring, as it is carved out of the rock, and then to Peillon, a classic example of a nid d’aigle, or eagle’s nest village. See the Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs, famous for a cycle of particularly macabre frescoes.

From here, we continue on to a series of villages that are mainly worth a look, the sensation of the Grand Corniche road: Contes, Châteauneuf Villeveille, Tourrette-Levens and Coaraze.

We recommend an overnight stay in Vence.

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day 3: The Gorges du Loup

If you love nature, rivers and hiking, then this day should be dedicated to the Gorges du Loup, a winding road winding through the gorge carved by the river.

To explore this area, visit the Gorgesdu Loup itinerary.

day 4: Massif de l’Estérel

The Massif de l’ Estérel is a red porphyry formation cloaked in pines, eucalyptus and oaks and is one of the most spectacular rock formations in the area. This itinerary follows the Corniche de l’Estérel, also known as the Corniche d’Or, the N98 from which one can see wonderful landscapes.