Walking

With its lush green Mediterranean forests, intensely red peaks and sterling sea views, the Massif de l'Estérel is a walker’s paradise. Local tourist offices have leaflets detailing the most popular walks, including Pic de l’Ours (496m) and Pic du Cap Roux (452m). Buy IGN’s Carte de Randonnée (1:25,000) No 3544ET Fréjus, Saint-Raphaël & Corniche de l’Estérel for more serious walks.

Those preferring a more informed hike can sign up for a three-hour guided walk with a forest ranger from the Office National des Forêts (National Forestry Office) or nature guide at St-Raphaël tourist office. Access to the range is prohibited on windy or particularly hot days because of fire risks; check with the tourist office before setting off.

With its 30km of coastline, the corniche has more than 30 beaches running the gamut of possibilities: sandy, pebbly, nudist, cove-like... you name it. But wherever you go, the sea remains that crystal-clear turquoise and deep blue, an irresistible invitation to swim.

The Estérel is also a leading dive centre, with numerous WWII shipwrecks and pristine waters. Much of the coast is protected, meaning its fauna and flora are among the best around.