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Les Calanques de l'Esterel, Saint Raphael

Dramatic scenery, imposing cliffs and secluded coves near Saint Raphael

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Les Calanques de l'Esterel are rocky inlets and coves that expand from Saint Raphael to Mandelieu-la-Napoule and drop steeply into the limpid waters of the Mediterranean.

Discover imposing rocky cliffs and multiple wild coves characterised by the contrast between the red colour of the granite rock and the turquoise blue sea. Easily accessible, they form one of the most remarkable landscape of the Côte d'Azur. Many ancient shipwrecks also lie in the shallow waters near the coast.

You can hike along these impressive formations and enjoy the breathtaking views over the Mediterranean sea, or book a boat trip and take a look at them from the sea. But don't forget your snorkelling gear, you won't be able to resist the turquoise waters.


From Saint Raphael or Agay, take the road towards Cannes by the coast (D559). From Cannes, follow the directions to Mandelieu and then to Saint Raphael (D6098).


Map of the surrounding area