Cap Roux (Esterel), Day hike to the red rocks 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.




Trip Duration

1 day

People per Guide

12 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Oct, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip



  • 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!

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Price per person

Group of 1
230 EUR

Group of 2
115 EUR

Group of 3
75 EUR

Group of 4
60 EUR

Group of 5
50 EUR

Group of 6
45 EUR

Group of 7
40 EUR

Group of 8
30 EUR


Price includes

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

Other details

Skill level required


Fitness level required

Open to everyone

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).

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


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.


About the Guide


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 Morel


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We had an amazing trip, we wanted to explore the Mercantour region, reconnect with nature, and spend quality time as a couple. Fabrice understood the brief, was clear in his guidelines to prepare the trip, proposed different options, and, ultimately, adapted the hikes on a day to day basis based on the weather. For example, instead of having us hike all day in the mountains in pouring rain on the first day, he adapted the program and took us for a hike all around Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat along the riviera coast. The hikes were stunning, especially at this time of the year (fall) with amazing lights and colors. We highly recommend Fabrice as a guide, he is very knowledgeable on the fauna&flora, local history, on wolves. He also initiated us to some key principles of Nordic walking and mindful walking. Thanks Explore & Share team for connecting us. We definitely will do it again and recommend to friends.
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Brice Gouvernel
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LAM Jit Sau
We spent a day hiking with guide Fabrice in Mecantaur Park. It was a great hike with different levels of difficulty. We rested at the lake at around 2000 meters and then made our way to the mountain pass high above. We were rewarded with a lot of wildlife sightings and even a patch of snow in August. Patrice was great and gave us a lot of information about the area and the flora and fauna. He was also great at pointing out historical events that took place in the area in the past.
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