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The Garoupe plateau

An extraordinary view

A charming heritage site

Located on the peninsula of the Cap d'Antibes, the Garoupe Plateau is 75m at its highest point.

You can access the plateau either by the road, or by the Calvaire path (literally terrible ordeal path), and you can find on it a lighthouse, a semaphore line of the Navy, the Garoupe chapel, and a small oratory imagined by Raymond Peynet called "Notre Dame des Amoureux protégeant les foyers".

In this place of a rare serenity and tranquility, you will find a small café, le Bistrot du Curé, that will serve you all the local and french specialities (pan bagnat, pissaladière, cheese, foie gras, oysters...) under the shadow cast by the branches of the pine-trees.

 

A compass table allows you to understand the wonderful landscape you will have under your eyes.

When the sky is clear, you can see everything from Italia to the Camarat Cap, with the snowy heights of the Alps in the north. You can even see Corsica if you are up early in the morning.

The lighthouse is at the top of the plateau, reaching 103m at its highest point. With a light intensity higher than 2.300.000 candelas, it is one the most powerful lighthouse of the mediterranean coast. Its light-beam can reach up to 60km at sea, and even a 100 for planes. Unfortunately it's closed to visit.

A pretty chapel recently renovated

At its base is located the Notre-Dame-de-la-Garoupe Chapel which host a lot of sailors ex-voto. After a restoration that lasts two years, the Garoupe Chapel, labeled as a historical monument and a consecrated place of worship, has reopened its door to visitors.

Below, the Garoupe green oak trees forest, property of Littoral Conservatory, spreads around 9 hectares (22 acres). The forest is open to visitors all year long.

For the sport addicts, the ''Calvaire Antibois'' (litteraly Antibes terrible ordeal) is scheduled every year at spring. From the Ponteil parking lot, this 10km (6.2 miles) run run along the coast to the south of the Cap and then go twice through the Garoupe plateau (by the road and by the path), to end back at the beginning. Thus the name.