The Esterel mountain range is a natural treasure in the South of France with breathtaking views that any nature lover will adore. The Esterel is split between the Var and Alpes-Maritimes with the Mediterranean on one side and its lofty limestone peaks on the other. The Hôtel des Orangers Cannes brings you its selection of must-visits and must-dos for your getaway. Pick up a picnic and explore the Esterel's mountains of treasures!
Stay at the Hôtel des Orangers Cannes to get the most out of its idyllic location. Surrounded by the Esterel mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, Cannes is the perfect base for exploring the Côte d’Azur's attractions and the Esterel's natural beauty.
Take La Corniche d’Or road to the mountains and park your car at the car parks near the hotel overnight for peace of mind. Unwind by the outdoor pool at your 3* hotel or in the lounge bar between trips.
Book one of the Superior rooms with views of the Esterel mountains so you can feast your eyes before breakfast. Some have a balcony, feel free to request one when you book.
The Esterel mountain range, an exceptional site in the heart of the South of France
Just a 45 minute drive or motorbike ride from the Hôtel des Orangers Cannes, visit the Esterel mountains and their incredible red rocks. It's the perfect playground for nature lovers with breathtaking landscapes and 32,000 hectares of untamed wildlife, half of which is part of the Natura 2000 network. Lined by the Mediterranean Sea, the Esterel is bursting with coves with crystal-clear water for you to gaze at from the top of the limestone peaks.
Drive, walk or cycle the 51km coastal road and be blown away by the arid landscapes straight out of the Wild West. Keep your eyes peeled, the Esterel is full of surprises.
Discover the Esterel massif from your 4-star hotel in Cannes - Credit leadorablee
Things to do in the Esterel mountains
Whether you're with family or friends, the Esterel mountain range is the perfect place for activities that everyone will love no matter their age. There's a whole host of sports in the water, on land or in the air:
- Set sail from La Corniche d'Or in Cannes and gaze at the staggering red rock cliffs from the Mediterranean Sea. The 2 hour cruise costs 28 EUR/adult and 18 EUR/child (aged 4-10).
- Helicopter ride with Azur Hélicoptère above the Esterel mountains. Jet off on board a helicopter for 35 minutes of pure joy. Price: 165 EUR per person.
- There are countless climbing spots to experience in the heart of the mountains, one of the most famous being Cap Dramont. Climb to the top of the cliffs and gaze down at the turquoise blue Mediterranean.
Climbing on Cap Dramont - Massif de l'Esterel - Credit robin_mrtn
- Explore infinite fine sand beaches and myriad wild coves sculpted by the waves and weather. There are several water sports centres providing sports such as kayaking and paddleboarding.
The creeks of the Esterel massif - Credit juuu_liiie
Walks and hikes in the Esterel mountains
Take a spin on La Corniche d’Or, the road from Cannes to Saint-Raphaël, and stop at one of the car parks to reach one of the prime hiking spots. The Esterel mountains are the perfect place for fitness fans and hikers who love the great outdoors.
Feast your eyes on breathtaking views between Agay and Théoule-sur-Mer, many of the vistas are easy to reach. The ultimate hike on the Esterel mountain range is up Cap Roux with incredible 360 degree views of the Côte d’Azur when you reach the top. Keep the experience going and hike to Rocher Saint-Barthélemy.
The team at Hôtel des Orangers Cannes also recommend the Pic de l’Ours hike. There are several paths for trail running, horse riding and mountain biking too.
Pic de l'Ours - Massif de l'Esterel - Credit sherleyblaszyck
Get a rush of adrenalin and freedom when you explore the Esterel mountains. Book your break at the Hôtel des Orangers Cannes now to make the most of its prime location and pool to relax in after a good walk.