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Cannes’ green space, with walking trails and superb viewpoints

If you thought you knew all there is to know about the lovely city of Cannes, think again! This seaside city has plenty of surprises in store for visitors. Cannes is so much more than the beach, the movie industry and the shops. It is also the outdoor sports capital and a wonderful place for rambles to remember.

The city is famous all over the world for the quality and variety of outdoor sports on offer here. There’s no doubt that the French Riviera’s sunshine and mild climate promotes wellbeing and fitness. What could be better than exercising in the open air? What could be better than going for a walk in this blend of sea and mountain breezes? Nothing! During your visit to Cannes, you can go green. All you need to do is add the Croix des Gardes nature reserve to your list of places to visit.

Situated only 1 km from the famous Croisette, this green open space offers unique views over the Bay of Cannes and the Esterel Massif. Under the protection of the “Conservatoire du Littoral”, this area of 80 hectares has a special place in the hearts of the residents of Cannes. The objective is simple: to preserve the environment and promote the natural and cultural heritage of these hills. As well as being a place to come for a breath of fresh air, La Croix des Gardes is also a special nature reserve for the flora and fauna of Provence. On your rambles, don’t be surprised if you spot hawks, buzzards and wild rabbits. And all around you is mimosa, the pride of the city. This is in fact the birthplace of the first mimosas in France. Four signposted walks and a fitness trail have been marked out, and along the way you’ll find information boards telling you all about the existing natural heritage. In short, your walk will be a fun, feelgood experience. All with the extra bonus of a 360° panorama.

Take your time, sit on a seat facing the sea… feel an amazing new excitement stir deep within you… Whether you’re with your family, with someone special or on your own, this walk puts you back in touch with the core values of life… From the very start, you’ll love this place almost as much as we do! All the staff at the Esterel are waiting impatiently to share your experience!

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