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

The Most Romantic Paris Walk

Still searching for something to do on your next holiday in Paris? Then this might be just the ticket.

Paris, more than any other of the world’s great tourist destinations, is a city for walkers. Not only is Paris relatively small and compact, with everything in easy walking distance of everything else, she is also full of surprises, ensuring that wherever you go and turn, there will be something around

The Most Romantic Paris Walk

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

Where to Go Hiking on the Riviera

Easy Hikes in the South of France What do you prefer: the glamour of the lowlands or the solitude of the mountains? When does the hiking season start ? Obviously, this depends very much on where you are. In some parts of Germany, they turn this into an “official” event with speeches, oompah bands and Bratwursts, and the date for this celebration is usually some time in late April. So the easiest answer is: the

Where to Go Hiking on the Riviera

Bonus: Another French Riviera Winter Walk in Nice

Urban walks in the South of France Tracing the footsteps of an adventurous friar, the ancient Romans and Queen Victoria Today’s post is some sort of a post-scriptum to our brief series of seasonal promenades along the Cote d’Azur: a walk that we discovered only recently, in the week since we published the third and, as you can see, the not-quite-last of our “Riviera winter walks”, and one that can serve very well as an

Bonus: Another French Riviera Winter Walk in Nice