Les Criques de l’Estérel: Hidden Treasures of the Côte d’Azur

Nestled along the magnificent Mediterranean coastline, the Criques de l’Estérel offer a spectacular coastal landscape, often overlooked by visitors to the Côte d’Azur. Located in the Alpes-Maritimes department, these picturesque coves are a real invitation to escape and discover unspoilt natural gems.

A preserved natural paradise

L’Estérel, this emblematic volcanic massif with its red and ochre hues, offers a striking backdrop for the coves that nestle within it. These crystal-clear bays are often surrounded by craggy red rocks and lush pine forests, creating a breathtaking contrast between the deep blue of the Mediterranean Sea and the fiery red of the volcanic rocks.

A plunge into history

In addition to their natural beauty, the Criques de l’Estérel are brimming with history and mystery. Some of them served as pirate hideaways in centuries gone by, adding an aura of mystery and adventure to these enchanting places. Today, visitors can still feel this atmosphere as they explore the secluded coves and imagine the tales of legendary sailors.

Something for everyone

Whether you’re a fan of lazing in the sun, a keen hiker or a water sports enthusiast, the Criques de l’Estérel offer a multitude of activities to suit every taste. The calm, crystal-clear waters invite you to swim, snorkel or even paddle-board along the coast. For hikers, the steep paths winding through the Estérel massif offer breathtaking panoramic views of the Mediterranean and the Provencal hinterland.

Preserve and Respect

As true natural treasures, it’s essential to preserve and respect the Criques de l’Estérel. By following the marked trails and avoiding disturbing the local flora and fauna, visitors can help preserve the integrity of these fragile ecosystems. In addition, it’s a good idea to pick up litter and respect local rules to ensure that these unspoilt coves remain a haven of peace for future generations.