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Massif de l'EsterelThe Estérel Massif (in occitan provençal: Esterèu) is a coastal (mediterranean) mountain range in the departments of Var and Alpes-Maritimes in Provence, south-east France. Neighbouring cities are Mandelieu and Cannes (in the east) and Saint-Raphaël / Fréjus (in the west).
The soil and rocks of the range are of volcanic origin, composed mainly of porphyry, which gives the hills a red color. The terrain is rugged, with deep ravines and oak forests. The highest point of the massif is Mont Vinaigre (618 metres).
The massif covers an area of 320 km², of which 130 km² are officially protected in the Forêt domaniale de l'estérel. The nature reserve offers excellent hiking and mountain biking trails including the GR 49 and GR 51. The Estérel mountains also host the Pierre et Vacances holiday village "Cap Estérel".
Very nice picture Erik.. I like it!
Amazing colour of the rocks. Interesting picture.
I knew as soon as I saw the thumb nail that this was the Esterel Coast Erik. I would have had to eat my hat had I been wrong. The colours of the coastal rocks are so distinctive. Great photo.
Yes they surely are! It's a very strange experience to drive along the coastal road and to discover the rocks suddenly turn red. When was there on every parking along the road you could find a painter. All painting these magnificent red,rock formations. Some of them talented others perhaps a little less.
It was a nice trip I made from my mothers house to the Isle of Porquerolles wich is a fantastic Isle.
Best regards, Erik
Dear Erik, this is a very nice and colourful view!
Unfortunately I had no time to visit more than Nice... I was on a meeting there and my visit was mostly business :-(
If you ever get around there again, and you have more time you should certainly go see them.
It's a wonderful area.
Warm wishes, Erik
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