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Cap Roux (Esterel), Day hike to the red rocks on the French Riviera

Cap Roux" (Esterel), hike on the French Riviera
Cap Roux" (Esterel), hike on the French Riviera
Cap Roux" (Esterel), hike on the French Riviera
Cap Roux" (Esterel), hike on the French Riviera

Enjoy a great day hike and reach the top of the Cap Roux (Esterel Massif), in the French Riviera, with spectacular views over the Mediterranean Sea, along UIMLA Mountain Leader Fabrice.


1 Day

Jan - May, Oct - Dec

Open To Everyone



* Discover a unique landscape of amazing red rocks in the French Riviera

* Enjoy wide open views over the Mediterranean coastline and to the Alps

* Choose the hiking itinerary that best suits you: easy or intermediate level


The Esterel are the French Riviera red rocks, near Cannes. The Esterel Massif is a large range of small mountains right next to the Mediterranean Sea at a low altitude, less than 700 meters (210 feet).

In fall, winter or Spring, Esterel is one of the best hiking gateways in the French Riviera. And in winter the contrast of colors is amazing: the blue of the sea, the white of the snow we can see not so far away, on the Mercantour National Park peaks in the distance, and the intesive red of the Esterel rocks. Exactly like the French flag: bleu, blanc, rouge! (blue, white, red).

On this day hike we get to the top of the Cap Roux Peak, wich offers one of the greatest views in this region. Also red rocks shapes are quite impressive here.

Winter is really nice in the Esterel mountains. In February/March we can enjoy the view of mimosa and so there is a lot of yellow flowers all around!
Aromatic plants such as a local lavender are part of the Mediterranean flora and in spring time we may even find wild endemic orchids!

This hike can be easy (300 meters ascent, departure point reachable by car) or moderate (550 meters) depending on where we start the hike from. In summer, from June to September, it’s really too hot, so then it’s time to get to the Mercantour National Park, where I also guide other great hiking tours.

If you’d like to enjoy this great hike in the French Riviera, just send me a request. Book your trip and discover the unique Esterel red rocks!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Clean drinkable water

Price details

The price includes guiding fee and a little snack // Picnic is not included in the price (It can be provided by 10 €/pers).


More info

-Price per person for a Group from 8 to 10 people: 30 EUR -Price per person for a Group of 11 people: 28 EUR -Price per person for a Group of 12 people: 25 EUR

-EQUIPMENT Good walking boots. Breathable Jacket. Micro fleece and mountain t-shirts, if possible avoid cotton t-shirts. Cap. Water (1 liter/pers). Sunglasses and sunscreen. Warm clothes and vest in the winter. Your pic nic.

Meeting point

-Agay, 1h from Cannes (30 km) on D559 (train station available close to departure point) -Pick up may be arranged from Cannes, Nice, Montecarlo or any other French Riviera cities (please contact me for more information).


What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Hotel Bel Azur Cannes France
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Hotel Barrière Le Majestic Cannes Cannes France
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Hotel Martinez in The Unbound Collection by Hyatt Cannes France
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About the guide

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Mountain Leader

I am a hiking guide (International Mountain Leader) who has been working all over France (including Provence and the Alps), Italy and Portugal since 2001. I speak fluent English due to my frequent trips to Taos Ski Valley (in New Mexico, USA where my family runs a great hotel and ski school), and my hiking trips in the American Southwest.

I live mainly in Nice (French Riviera), but I also move all over the Alps working in different alpine valleys. I often visit Martinique (French Caribbean island), where I enjoy rainforest and tropical hikes.

When I´m not guiding, I also work as a photographer, and like to climb, ski, play tennis, or kitesurf in my spare time. Additionally, I really enjoy botany and history.

I can guide you for a half day or for as many days as you like. I´ll take you to discover my favourite French Riviera alpine region, and the wild and large Mercantour National Park (counting 8 different valleys) near Nice, Monte Carlo and Cannes.

In my region we can enjoy the Mediterranean landscape at sea level. As we move into higher altitudes, we will discover alpine lakes, larch or pine forests, orchids and alpine flowers, open meadows, spectacular medieval perched villages and old baroque chapels and churches, with great historic value.

We can also discover the hiking hotspots in Provence such as Calanques National Park, Verdon gorges, Sainte Victoire and the Var region, with Saint Tropez a particular highlight.

I also love to hike in Italy in the very famous world heritage Cinque Terre (the amazing national park of the "Five Lands"), or in Liguria near San Remo.

And finally, I always enjoy taking my guests to the northern Alps: to Chamonix and Mont Blanc´s amazingly large panoramas or to the great Vanoise National Park, the largest in the heart of French Alps.


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What people are saying about Fabrice



Highly recommend hiring Fabrice as your guide for exploring southern France. As someone unfamiliar with the region, I wasn't up to the task of planning a hike on my own. Particularly a hike in the winter. Fabrice made it all easy. He is incredibly knowledgeable of the region's geography and weather and so was able to tailor a hike just based on the next day's weather forecast. A critical skill for hiking in December. I learned about the natural landscape, vegetation and even how to hike with less stress on my knees. He also taught me about Nordic hiking which is something I definitely want to try again. For sure, I'll be hiring Fabrice again on my next trip to France.



Fabrice is a first-class guide! Taking into account last-minute weather changes and after assessing our fitness, he quickly customised an exciting itinerary that led us from the Préalpes to the beautiful hilltop villages of Gourdon, Tourettes-sur-Loup and Saint-Paul-de-Vence. He pointed out great photo opportunities, so we managed to take plenty of nicely-framed photos on our smartphones. Fabrice also introduced us to the game of pétanque and thanks to him, we were able to understand and appreciate the games as they were being played by the locals during our trip.



Fabrice was a wonderful guide with a wide knowledge of not only the history of the area but the flora and fauna of the French Mediterranean coast. The hike provided beautiful views of the cities along the coast as well as the mountains behind them. Highly recommend both the hike and the guide.



Fabrice is an adept guide. He took us on some amazing hikes. We were happy to have him guide us to get the most out of our 3 days in Chamonix.



Had a wonderful hike with Fabrice as our hiking guide. Highly recommend! If you are from the East Coast of the U.S., recommend going one skill level down from what you think is the right fit for you, since the elevation/altitude of the Alps makes the hike harder than you are likely used to (less oxygen in the air). I did the "moderate plus" thinking it would be easy for me--it was a serious workout! :)

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