Parts of the village were very quiet this morning as we searched for some café au lait and croissants. Our hotel started their breakfast service at 9:30, which seemed pretty late to us. Fortunately, we found a café in the main square next to the Sunday morning market. The Café de l’Ormeau was bustling with vendors getting their caffeine start before opening their stalls. After breakfast, we walked through the market to pick up some pique-nique items for our randonnée today.
Sentier du Littoral - Cap Lardier
We started our hike at Mas de Gigaro, as suggested by AzurAlive, and followed the Sentier du Littoral past the small coves and protected beaches of sunbathers - some with and some without swimsuits. We hiked up and down the rocks and rocky stairs, past the small crocodile-shaped island called La Crique de I’llot du Crocodile, stopping for a swim in the nippy sea, before reaching our destination of Cap Lardier. From the Cap, we turned back and took the inland path, where we stopped on the way for a pique-nique among the ruins of une Batterie Napoléonienne, which was an ancient artillery fortification. The whole loop, including a short swim and a pique-nique, took only about three hours of easy hiking, which left us plenty of beach time this afternoon in the warmer waters in the Bay de Cavalaire.
Cap Lardier in Ramatuelle
Restaurant L’Ecurie du Castellas in Ramatuelle
The ambiance at dinner tonight was amazing on the inviting terrace of our hotel, overlooking the Église Notre-Dame. Although the food was all right, unfortunately, it did not compare to the lovely atmosphere, and was not nearly as good as last night’s dinner at Restaurant La Forge.