Let’s start with a few easy routes. The landscapes of Southern France, which lie just north of the Riviera, near our Opio en Provence resort, are an excellent Alpine playground for beginners. All you need is a good pair of hiking boots and a little courage. These trails are perfect for getting away from it all, as you might not meet anybody along these scenic and secluded trails for several hours.
The French alps also provide the perfect hinterlands of Menton and Cannes are only 15 minutes away from the coast, perfect for an escape to another world – one without speedboats and palm trees, and even villages and farms, for miles. One very popular trail goes up the 1200-meter-high Pic de Courmettes, near Grasse, but if that’s too strenuous for your taste, you can easily find many gentler walks nearby ready to reward you with magnificent views all over the Mediterranean.