The Corniche Roads, Cote D’Azur

The famous Corniche roads run between Nice and Menton. The three roads are carved into the mountainside and comprise of the Grande Corniche at the top, the Moyenne Corniche in the middle and the Basse Corniche which runs along the coast. The Grande Corniche provides the spectacular views down to the blue Mediterranean and Monaco and its where some of the scenes from the Alfred Hitchcock film ‘To Catch a Thief’ were filmed. Up here you will find the charming village of La Turbie. There is a bus service from Nice which will take you up to the village although the service is not particularly frequent and you will need to plan your departure and return times carefully

In La Turbie you will find the Trophee des Alpes. This monument commemorates the victory of Augustus over the undefeated tribes who had been disrupting communications between Rome and Gaul. From the park’s terraces you can look down from a height of 450 metres over Monte Carlo.

The Moyenne Corniche will take you past the medieval hill town of Eze. From the town there are magnificent views across to the Mediterranean. There is a bus service from Nice which runs along the Moyenne Corniche via Eze to Beausoleil. The lower Corniche is easily travelled by bus 100 from Nice or car.