Coastal paths / Sentiers Littoral: Seaside strolling comes into a league of its own with these beautifully scenic walks along the seafronts of some of the most iconic Riviera resorts. The Sentier Littoral (meaning coastal footpaths in French) is a network of easily navigable and not too demanding routes that cover beautiful stretches of the Cote d’Azur. All the paths are clearly signposted and easy to follow, ideal for leisurely sightseeing or a family day out. Don’t forget to take your swimmers, as almost offer of them offer the chance for a cooling dip. Most have restaurants, or at least a café or two, along the way and many have facilities such as toilets, showers and picnic areas. They are all accessible using the excellent public transport system, making for an easy and affordable day out.
Take care in bad weather though, many of the paths are exposed to the sea and are inadvisable during high winds and storms.
Mountain Hiking / Randonée au Montagne: The mountains that overlook Nice are riddled with trails, some better signposted than others. You can pick up hiking maps and trails guides in most book shops or in the tourist information office of the particular town. They mostly start off from pretty little villages that you may not otherwise think to visit; some such as Gorbio and Asprement are easy to reach by public transport, others such as Gourdon take a little more effort but are well worth it.
The famous GR5 is one of the classic French hiking routes, it links Nice to Lake Geneva via the French and Swiss Alpes; the Alpes-Maritime end of the trail can be picked up in Aspremont, Cimiez or Menton. The GR5 can be done in its entirety (850km!) over 4-5 weeks, or cut down into sections to be ticked off over time.