During the Revolution, the government decided to create a path along the coast. This "Customs Path" came into use on the stretch between Saintes Maries de la Mer and Menton in 1791. This pedestrian footway along the Cap Martin shore has been trodden by Empresses, smugglers, families on days out, athletes, and others who want to follow the edge of the sea from the point of Cap Martin all the way down to Monaco. The path is set out among rocks worn down by incessant waves and weaves past the many stunning private estates on Cap Martin. Wonderful seaside landscapes are all around, with a very specific local flora that mingles native species with exotic plants imported in the late 19th century to embellish the gardens of Cap Martin's luxurious villas.
Notable features along the path: Bust of architect Le Corbusier, Le Corbusier's Cabanon, Eileen Gray's E.1027 House, Le Buse and Le Golfe Bleu beaches (the latter is a landing area for paragliders), The Grand Hotel du Cap and the Cap Marting private villas.
Main access points for pedestrians: Pointe du Cap Martin (Avenue Winston Churchill), Avenue Virginie Hériot (La Dragonnière path), Sentier Massolin, Avenue de la Gare (Cabbé neighbourhood), Avenue Princesse Grace.
Associated Walking Tour :
Circuit No. 4: Cap Martin's Natural Environs