Ancient History Between Cannes and Antibes

Easy Hikes in the South of France What have the Romans ever done for the French Riviera? Not much, it appears. For our first proper walk of the year – one involving a forest, “big sky views” and mud under our feet – we picked a theatre of ancient local history.

You would be surprised how difficult it can be to find real “history” on the French Riviera. Don’t get

Ancient History Between Cannes and Antibes

The French Riviera on Canvas

Artists in the French Riviera Our sadly incomplete collection of picturesque views from Cagnes-sur-Mer Many of the 20th century’s most famous painters spent some time – occasionally the most fruitful years of their lives – on the French Riviera. On good, sunny and clear days, of which there are many, the whole area looks like a painting, and there is practically not a single town along the coast which has not been immortalized in a

The French Riviera on Canvas

A Côte d’Azur Gem: Medieval Town Haut de Cagnes

Easy Hikes in the French Riviera Something to do outdoors during the “rainy season” on the French Riviera Normally, we are spoilt by the weather in our part of the world, but for the past six weeks, it has been raining and raining. And just when it felt that the worst was finally over, somebody up there decided to throw the sluice gates open once again, and we found ourselves cooped up for yet another

A Côte d’Azur Gem: Medieval Town Haut de Cagnes

The Castles of La Napoule

Easy Hikes in the French Riviera The French Riviera would be as beautiful, culturally much poorer without its long history of eccentric Anglo-Saxons The French Riviera is a truly blessed spot – with its richly articulated coastline, its pretty coastal villages, its bays and its boats, its nearly perennial sunshine and pleasant temperatures all year round.

But just to prove that nothing is perfect this side of paradise, there are also a few

The Castles of La Napoule

The Wild West of the French Riviera

Easy Hikes in the South of France Théoule-sur-Mer may lack the glamour and urban flair of some of its coastal neighbours in the East, but has a nice little walk attached to it Looking back over the Easy Hiker posts from the last six months or so, it strikes me how few of them refer to anything that we have done on our home turf.

On the one hand, this is good, I

The Wild West of the French Riviera

Between Nice Old Town and the Deep Blue Sea

Easy Hikes in the South of France A French Riviera Walk on Mont Boron For people who live in and around Nice, Mont Boron is the most readily accessible piece of “real nature” just in front of their doorstep. It is convenient to reach on foot and/or on public transport, yet sufficiently forest-like to pass for the real thing.

For visitors, Mont Boron is a big chunk of rock, visible from nearly anywhere

Between Nice Old Town and the Deep Blue Sea

The Final Act for the Irish Bard

Urban Walks in the South of France Walk to the villa on the French Riviera where W B Yeats died In general, I don’t believe in the theory that you can acquire an understanding of literature through a process of natural osmosis in the places where it was once written – in other words that you can replace, for example, the effects of reading or watching Shakespeare’s plays by bumping your head on low-hanging Elizabethan

The Final Act for the Irish Bard

Combining Coastal Charms and the “Lure of the (Semi-)Wild”

Easy Hiking in the French Riviera A walk through the hinterland of Beaulieu-sur-Mer for visitors in a hurry Today’s walk completes our short series of excursions to Beaulieu-sur-mer, the small town to the east of Nice on the French Riviera which is genteel, effortlessly elegant and everything else that Monaco so feverishly wants to be.

The trail summarizes the best of the Little Africa walk and the Saint Michel mountain hike of our

Combining Coastal Charms and the “Lure of the (Semi-)Wild”

How Little Africa in the Riviera Got Its Name

Urban walks in the South of France A walk through one of the lushest and poshest bits of the French Riviera One of the things I have been wondering about ever since we started to come regularly to the Riviera is: where did the Petit Afrique area in Beaulieu-sur-Mer get its name from? On one of our recent hikes, we had the opportunity to find out.

Actually, the area itself

How Little Africa in the Riviera Got Its Name

The Ultimate View of the French Riviera

Hiking in the South of France Like a good story, the walk from Beaulieu to Eze-sur-Mer reveals its plot in many twists and turns If I read an article about hiking and the author recommends a specific trail by praising its view, I know immediately: this is a walk I will want to avoid. This is because views on hikes are either fleeting, something you glimpse for a moment or two before, inevitably, you move

The Ultimate View of the French Riviera