Dénivelée: 100m Durée: 2h00
Our first truly summer-like day this year motivated us to get out for a randonnée along another beautiful Sentier Littoral (coastal path). This time we headed from Antibes to Cap d’Ail, which is situated just this side of Monaco – about a 50-minute drive via the autoroute. One of the first things we spotted on the hiking trail was a restaurant with a large terrace where we stopped immediately to make a reservation for lunch (Le Cabanon, Pointe des Douaniers, tél: 04.93.78.01.94). Unfortunately, they were fully booked and the earliest we could get a table was 2:30pm. This gave us 2 ½ hours to complete the 2-hour roundtrip hike, which meant we ended up doing a little backtracking, which was no problem on such a warm, beautiful day like today.
Sentier Littoral on Cap d’Ail toward Pointe des Douaniers
It's an easy hike along a very well-maintained walkway with some ups and downs via staircases. The sentier winds all along the sea, passing by lovely villas, rocky beaches, rugged cliffs, craggy remnants of an ancient volcano, and lots of picturesque places to stop and have a pique-nique, including an Aire de Pique-Nique providing several picnic tables with shade and restrooms. I imagine they are pretty well occupied in the summer, but today there were lots of spots available.
Alfresco Lunch at Le Cabanon at Pointe des Douaniers
After our alfresco lunch of salade du poulpes, washed down with our first cool, crisp, Côte-de-Provence rosé wine of the year, we drove the coastal route to Latté, Italy, to do some shopping, and loaded up on some of our favorite Italian staples. We finished the day with an antipasti platter for dinner, accompanied by a bottle of Barbera d’Alba vino, and a Woody Allen movie, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”, which brought back memories of our trip to Barcelona of just a week ago.