The Estérel

On September 17 we headed to the Esterel, a mountainous region on the coast just south of Cannes, about an hour's drive from our home.

The Cap Dromand is one of the rare parts of the coast where neither rail nor road hugs the ocean - it's a great place to take a two hour hike.

Not only was the scenery spectacular, but we were relieved to see some sandy beaches as we descended the coast towards Cap Dramond. We stopped at this one and swam in water that was clean and not too cold: about 23°.

This red-orange soil is very typical of the Esterel coast.

This little island, with its tower, was the inspiration to Hergé to write one of the Tintin stories.