The Côte d’Azur’s rolling landscape offers the finest of playgrounds for an assortment of outdoor activities. And, right on the doorstep of Parc du Cap is the magnificent Massif de l’Estérel. This impressive sprawling mountain range has the capacity to draw out the adventurous and creative side in us all. In fact, the scenic Estérel landscape inspired the identity of Parc du Cap’s beautiful lateral penthouse, Estérel.
In this blog, we look further into what the impressive Massif de l’Estérel region has to offer. In addition, we explore the luxurious Estérel penthouse and what can be expected here after a day out in the Massif.
An enchanting mountain scape
It is not every day that one can say they have ventured within the 32,000 hectares of a volcanic mountain range. This mountain range is located within the departments of Var and Alpes-Maritimes on the French Riviera. The rugged topography of Estérel tells an extraordinary story: 250 million years ago, the west of Corsica and the Estérel Massif formed a single unit. Now, the rocky terrain, steep, hidden coves that plunge into the Mediterranean are home to glorious flora and fauna and landscapes of red-ochre rock. In fact, nearly half of Estérel is classified as ‘Natura 2000’ – a nature protection area. A visit to this area is highly recommended.
Exploring the massif
The Massif extends over the picturesque communes of Saint-Raphaël, Fréjus, Bagnols-en-Forêt and Les Adrets de l’Estérel. Across this area, there are plenty of activities for all ages and abilities to participate. And each allows visitors to experience the stunning scenery, various villages and areas of interest. For example:
- Get up and close
The Massif de l’Estérel has many well sign-posted walking trails leading through wonderfully scented and colourful vegetation. Two of the most popular walks are the Pic de l’Ours (1h30 circular walk) and the Pic du Cap Roux (2h walk). A perfect outing pre or post a delicious local lunch.
- Go for a spin
Estérel is also a dream spot for cycling enthusiasts with many fabulous routes through the winding hills. One particular road cycle that captures attention is from Mandelieu-la-Napoule – a loop heading inland to Fréjus and back to Mandelieu. Along the way, capture the many breath-taking Provençal scenes.
- Take it off piste
The Massif also has hundreds of kilometres of mountain bike trails to explore. One of the most popular is a ride through the hills behind Théoule-sur-Mer. Once you reach the peak, relax and enjoy the spectacular views.
Where to eat: La Maréa, Théoule-sur-Mer – a member of Les Collectionneurs Michelin Guide, La Maréa is a seafood restaurant serving fresh and local Mediterranean cuisine.
What to do: Discover the rocky cliffs, inlets and coves of Estérel – by land or sea. For instance, visit the Calanque de Saint-Barthélémy. Here, the coastline is notably characterised by the contrast between the red of the granite rock and sparkling blue Mediterranean. An ideal spot for snorkelling, exploring the sea life and shipwrecks in the shallow waters.
Riviera relaxation at its best
After an adventurous day out in the mountains, the sublime comfort and elegant design of Estérel lateral penthouse at Parc du Cap is a welcome sight. Within the generously proportioned living areas, there is plenty of space to relax and unwind – including four luxurious ensuite bedrooms. Rest assured all family members can find an exclusive haven to reflect on a great day in the mountains.
The Estérel penthouse also has several expansive outdoor terraces to soak up the Riviera sun and views. Here you can host family and friends with glorious alfresco dining. Discover the penthouse’s private rooftop terrace with infinity pool and beautiful outdoor furniture.
Peace and quiet at Parc du Cap
Finally, Parc du Cap residence caters for ultimate comfort with our exquisitely appointed amenities. For example, relaxation and rejuvenation can be taken by the indoor or outdoor pool. Find tranquillity in the Zen garden, or enjoy being pampered in our luxury spa. And, if a day out in the Estérel mountains sparks energy, continue channelling that inspiration in our specially equipped fitness centre!
Find out more about Estérel penthouse by speaking to our friendly sales team: Sophie Marsh, Caudwell Sales Consultant – [email protected] I + 33 (0) 4 93 33 32 22
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