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La Côte d'Azur in February

La Côte d'Azur in February

The Côte d'Azur evokes notions of hot summer days, yachts swarming in jewel-colored waters...but the winter months are magical on France's Mediterranean coast. January and February are quiet and peaceful and the sublime nature of the place comes to the forefront.

During February, the Côte d'Azur showcases its natural beauty in a different light. The Sentier du Littoral, a coastal path that stretches along the Mediterranean Sea, offers breathtaking views of the azure waters and rugged cliffs without the summer heat. The trail is well-marked and accessible to hikers of all levels, making it a popular choice for both locals and tourists looking to experience the beauty of the Mediterranean Sea.

The Château de la Napoule in Mandelieu-la-Napoule is an excellent starting point. Walk in the direction of Théoule-sur-Mer and you will find seascapes and views all the way to the snow-capped Alps on the horizon.

As you hike along the Sentier du Littoral, you can expect to encounter a diverse range of landscapes, from rocky cliffs and hidden coves to sandy beaches and lush forests. The trail offers stunning panoramic views of the sea and the surrounding countryside, providing plenty of opportunities to stop and take in the beauty of the region.

Thge Sentier du Littoral has a rich history dating back to the Napoleonic Era. Created under the Premier Empire in France, it was once used to thwart smugglers of all kinds and for coastal surveillance. The path also provided access to the rugged coastline for fishermen and locals.

One of the key aspects of the Sentier du Littoral's history is its commitment to environmental conservation. The French make a dedicated effort to protect the delicate ecosystems along the coastline, ensuring that future generations can continue to enjoy the beauty of this unique natural environment.

Another very beautiful stretch of the Sentier du Littoral is on Cap d'Antibes. Take the trail near sunset and you will find yourself basking in some of the best light on the planet.

Traveling to the Cote d'Azur in February can be more budget-friendly compared to the peak tourist season. Accommodation prices are lower, and visitors can take advantage of off-season discounts at restaurants and attractions.

Of course, the blooming mimosas in January and February are a celebrated reason to come and enjoy this part of the world in the winter months.

Photography and writing by Emilie Johnson. She lives in Provence and can be found on instagram at @emilie_joly_johnson