The gentle autumn sunshine tempered by a cool breeze brings all the runners out in Antibes. Some will be taking part in the region’s big events this season, including the Courir Pour Une Fleur in October and the Marathon Des Alpes in November; others will simply enjoy the perfect running conditions, quiet, palm-lined streets, and views of the azure ocean backed by snow-topped mountains.
If you’re on the lookout for a spectacular new route this October, you’re in the right place. We’ve put together a collection of our favourite runners’ paths in Cap d’Antibes and beyond – and there’s a route for everyone.
If you like to run with a destination in mind, try this pretty route along the water. Start in Juans-les-Pins and run for 2.6km along Boulevard Maréchal Juin to the iconic Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. You’ll enjoy sea views and the sight of many a grand home as you make your way down the narrow pedestrian lane to your finish line.
A lovely 5km route begins by the Musée d’Archéologie in town and takes you south for 1km along the coastal promenade to Point des Pendues. Move onto the main road, Boulevard James Wyllie, for the second leg of your run, then join Boulevard de Bacon and Boulevard de la Garoupe. Take to Garoupe Beach for the final 1.5km. Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting you finish on the sand! There’s a well-maintained path most of the way, from which you’ll enjoy a wonderful sea view.
If you’re ready for a longer run, make your way around the coastal roads of the Peninsula. We love taking this route early in the morning, when the air is freshest and the sun is hanging lazily over the water. Consider taking the train between Antibes and Juans-les-Pins, as the 2km road connecting the towns isn’t so suited to runners.
A slightly shorter but more challenging run takes you 6.5km around the peninsula trail of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, east of Nice. This route is relatively traffic free and offers an interesting running experience, including surfaces varying from gravel to sand (all of which are very manageable to a moderately experienced runner), a little altitude and of course, spectacular views.
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