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Les Balcons d'Azur, Saint Raphael

An intermediate to advanced level ride in the Esterel


A circular route that takes in several climbs in the beautiful Esterel National Park, between Saint Raphael and the city of Cannes.

This route has been officially graded as a red route, meaning that it is not suitable for beginners of for those who are not used to mountain biking. 

Getting Here


From Colle Douce, take the path towards Mont Vinaigre to the Forestry Commission building at Porfait. Taking a portion of paved road from here you will reach the Forestry Commission building at Malpey. 

On your right take the road towards the col de l’ Olivier (denoted by a headstone) and continue along the main road to the Forestry Commission building of La Duchessa. Continue up (straight) to reach the Baisse Violette, then the Col des Suvières.

After this turn right towards Grosse Vache and the Col du Mistral. A paved path will then take you right to the Forestry Commission building of Roussivau. 

At the gate turn right and follow the Castelli trail that will lead you back to your starting point.


  • Route
  • Descent: 460m
  • Distance: 32km
  • Highest Point: 580m
  • Vertical Gain: 460m

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