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Massif de l'Esterel

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Massif de l'Esterel

The Esterel Massif (in Occitan Provençal: Esterèu; French: Massif de l'Esterel) 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'Esterel. The nature reserve offers excellent hiking and mountain biking trails including the GR 49 and GR 51. The Esterel mountains also host the Pierre et Vacances holiday village "Cap Estérel".


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Comments (4)

Kostia Semytskyi on April 11, 2013

Interesting! Like.
Greeting from Ukraine. Kostia

Nadia Kushnir on April 11, 2013

LIKE! Kind regards. Nadia.

bdeh on April 12, 2013

MOOIe kustlijn Erik, ik ben er vroeger vaak geweest. Groeten Berend

Erik van den Ham on October 20, 2013

Thanks Kostia and Nadia these red mountains are so pretty. Just a small area has these intense red colouring.

Blijf dit geweldig vinden Berend die rode bergen. Je waant je even eerder in Amerika dan in Europa. Zomers staat er op ieder stop plekje in de gebied wel één of meerdere schilders die hele series schilderijen produceren van dit gebergte in de hoop dat de vele toeristen een 'origineel' schilderij mee naar huis willen.

Greetings, Groeten, Erik

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