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Le Sentier du Littoral (Sentier Tire-poil)
Le Sentier du Littoral (Sentier Tire-poil) Review
Bordering the Cap's zillion-dollar hotels and over-the-top estates runs one of the most spectacular footpaths in the world: the Sentier du Littoral (aka Sentier Tire-poil, which mean the wind is so strong it "ruffles the hair"), which was recently extended, bringing the circuit "full circle" around the gardens at Eilenroc over to l'Anse de l'Argent Faux. It now stretches about 5 km (3 miles) along the outermost tip of the peninsula. It begins gently enough at the pretty Plage de la Garoupe (where Cole Porter and Gerald Murphy used to hang out), with a paved walkway and dazzling views over the Baie de la Garoupe and the faraway Alps. Round the far end of the cap, however, and the paved promenade soon gives way to a boulder-studded pathway that picks its way along 50-foot cliffs, dizzying switchbacks, and thundering breakers (Attention Mort—"Beware: Death"—read the signs, reminding you this path can be very dangerous in stormy weather). Continue along the new portion of the path to the cove l'Anse de l'Argent Faux, where you can stop and catch your breath before heading up to entrance of Eilen Roc. Then follow Avenue Beaumont impasse tangent until it touches the Cap's main road RD 2559. On sunny days, with exhilarating winds and spectacular breakers, you'll have company, although for most stretches all signs of civilization completely disappear—except for a yacht or two. The walk is long and takes about two hours to complete, but it may prove to be two of the more unforgettable hours of your trip (especially if you tackle it at sunset). By the way, if you come across locked gates blocking your route it's because storm warnings have been issued and you are not allowed to enter. From the bus station in town take the No. 2 bus to the "Fontaine" stop. To return, follow the Plage de la Garoupe until Boulevard de la Garoupe, where you'll make a left to reconnect with the bus.
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