With its red porphyry rock, the Estérel Massif has a unique appearance. Rising up between Saint-Raphaël (83) and Mandelieu (06), the unspoiled landscapes are magnificent: a line of sheer, narrow gorges and ragged crests. Striking against the azure blue sky. The most spectacular part of the coast is Cap Roux, where the rock hurtles down 452m into the sea.
The flora is rich and diverse. Fig and olive trees grow in abundance, rubbing shoulders with palm trees, mimosa, eucalyptus and imported tropical plants that are thriving thanks to the mild climate. Criss-crossed by numerous hiking trails, it is a wonderful place for hiking.
Red deer of the Estérel
Three stags and hinds were introduced to the area in 1961, and under the protection of rangers they quickly acclimatised. The population now numbers around a hundred and is the only group of red deer in a Mediterranean environment.
Other species that can be observed in the surroundings include game animals such as woodcocks, pheasants, thrushes, turtle doves and wood pigeons. Reptiles can be found among shrubs and rocks. Grass snakes, ladder snakes, Montpellier snakes, ocellated lizards and green lizards bathe in the midday sun. Loggerhead Turtles haul out of the sea and lay their eggs on some of the beaches.
The area is also a paradise for insect enthusiasts, featuring cicadas, crickets, grasshoppers, and praying mantises. A sighting of the Two-tailed Pacha is a treat, as it is one of the largest butterflies in Europe and just one of many butterflies that can be found.