A splendid stroll at Cap d'Antibes, a discover at each turn
Far from any urban area, the coastal path, named Tirepoil Path, is located at the south end of the Cap d'Antibes. This hike, with path and staircases in its steep parts, is easy to walk through – as long as you have the good shoes - and will fill you with wonder during the two hours it lasts.
From the big parking lot of the Andre Sella Avenue, you barely have to walk 200m (660ft) to leave the urban area and face Nice and the Baie des Anges (Angels Bay). From this turn, you'll only hear the sea, the wind, and seagulls.
The nature in majesty
On this rock, hostile in appearance (and appearance only), Nature knew how to adapt. As a proof, one can find an incredible floral diversity : crithmum, silver ragwort, sea lavandula (endangered species) and anthyllis barba-jovis (endemic species).
At the base of the cliff, a meadow of seaweed testifies of the quality of the water. Go a bit further and you'll pass under the branches of an Alep pine-tree shifted by the wind and sea spray.
A little bit before the belvedere, the landscape changes to a lunarscape, rocks change of shapes and colors and become multicolored, a proof of the volcanic past of the region.
A heaven discovered in the last century
Ever since the mid-XIXth century, this little corner of paradise attracted fortunate men who built palaces.
You will pass by the Garoupe Castle, built in 1907 and hidden by a tall stone wall and some more pine-trees.
From the belvedere, you might have the chance to see cetaceans or, by looking the other way, see the Croë castel, built in 1927 and which was, for a time, the house of the Duke of Windsor and his infamous wife, Willis Simpson. Toward the end of the path, you will pass by the Eilenroc villa. Built between 1860 and 1867, the Villa was a gift to Antibes from its last owner, Hélène Beaumont, back in 1982.
The hike reaches an end by taking the Mrs LD Beaumont Avenue and then the Tour Gandolphe Avenue.
Venturing a step further in your discovery...
The legend says that the Tirepoil path (literally Hairpull) takes its name from the omnipresence of the sea-wind that mess with the visitor's hair.
At the beginning of the XXth century, the littoral was inhabited and devasted by the villas' residents. The Littoral Law allowed the City to retake it, rebuilt it and opened it to the public.
That part of the Cap is part of the Natura 2000 Site (Site Natura 2000 "Baie et cap d'Antibes - îles de Lérins"), and is managed by the Sea and Littoral Conservatory (Espace Mer et Littoral et le Conservatoire du Littoral.)
This place is protected and must be respected.
To go further in the discovery of this path and of the species that inhabited it, the Tourism Office offers you guided visit (in french).
Warning: the path is closed when the weather is bad (gale per exemple).