The Corniche d'Or, a sinuous seaside road
Sinuous road connecting Mandelieu-La Napoule to Saint-Raphaël, the “Corniche d’Or” goes along the seaside and the Esterel Mass. Built at the beginning of the XXth century on the initiative of the Touring Club de France, it constitutes one of the most beautiful roads of France, and travel it get a delight of every moment thanks to the exceptional panoramas it offers between the volcanic red rocks of the Esterel Mass and the blue of the Mediterranean Sea. According to the plan of the railroad way, the road of the “Corniche d’Or” crosses diverse sea resorts such as Théoule-sur-Mer, le Trayas, Agay, le Dramont or still Anthéor, and becomes famous for its perfect symbiosis with the coast.
Indeed, considering the restless relief of the Alpes-Maritimes, the road of the “Corniche d’Or” does not still follow the sea at its zero level, and sometimes goes away from it, positioned in ledges at varied heights. Very appreciated by the cyclists, especially during the Sunday exits, the peak is situated in the Esterel Mass, at 110 meters high near the “Pointe de la Galère”.
Classified partially Historic Monument by the French Ministry of Culture, the “Corniche d’Or” is a real natural beauty, the red colors of the Esterel rocks involved harmoniously in the various blues of the sky and the sea. Overhanging sea beds of an extraordinary transparency, the “Corniche d’Or” holds hidden and wild creeks where unique red sandy beaches snuggle up.