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Grand Corniche

Scenic Route · Alpes-Maritimes
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  • Panoramic view of the port of Nice
    / Panoramic view of the port of Nice
    Photo: Tobi 87, CC BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons
  • / Èze and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
    Photo: Tobi 87, CC BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons
  • / Coastline of Nice
    Photo: Ioan Sameli, CC BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons
  • / Èze, perched on a mountaintop near the coastline
    Photo: Gilbert Bochenek, CC BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons
  • / La Turbie
    Photo: Berthold Werner, CC BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons
  • / Roquebrune-Cap Martin seen from above
    Photo: Myosotismail, CC BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons
  • / Castle in the center of Roquebrune
    Photo: Guy Lebègue, CC BY, Wikimedia Commons
  • / Port of Menton
    Photo: Vinbaron, CC BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons
  • / Menton, a picturesque seaside city at Côte d’Azur
    Photo: hpgruesen, CC0,
m 600 400 200 25 20 15 10 5 km Roquebrune-Cap-Martin Col d’Eze La Turbie Nizza Menton
Discover Côte d’Azur on one of the finest scenic routes in France. With its picturesque small towns and a dream-like coastline, Grande Corniche rates among the most spectacular roads of Southern Europe. You will even see ancient monuments alongside the route.
Distance 29 km
0:29 h
532 m
531 m
536 m
5 m
Driving along this winding road with breathtaking views over the coastline will give you a touch of freedom. Grande Corniche has a stunning scenery to it which makes you enjoy even more the ride. Gazing over the Côte d’Azur with its turquoise blue water we drive from Nice, a bustling seaside metropolis, to Menton, a tranquil city in the north-east of Monaco. Napóleon Bonaparte had this road constructed at the end of the 18th century for conquering Italy. Nowadays, Grande Corniche has left far behind its merely stratregic purposes and is even rated as one of the most romantic and picturesque scenic routes of Europe, a feast for the eyes and symbol of pure driving pleasure. That’s why it was chosen to be part of cult movies such as “GoldenEye“ or Alfred Hitchcock’s “To Catch a Thief“.  

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On this route there is much traffic, especially in summer time. Hence you should go there in the early morning or late evening.
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Wolfgang Paulus
Update: December 04, 2017
Highest point
536 m
Lowest point
5 m
Best time of year

Safety information

There are a few narrow turns and blind curves, so please drive carefully.


Nice (East) (15 m)
43.705739, 7.291395
43°42'20.7"N 7°17'29.0"E
32T 362337 4840609


Menton (city center)

Turn-by-turn directions

Departing from the east of Nice on Grand Corniche (signposted as “M 2564“), after approximately 2,5 km (1,5 miles) we reach the outskirts of Nice. On the right we can see now the mountaintop of Mont Gros. Following the road in (north-)eastern direction, after further 8 km (5 miles) we arrive at Col d’Eze. From there, we continue on Grand Corniche heading east until we get to La Turbie after 6 km, then we continue for about 7 km (4,3 miles) until we reach Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. After several turns and curves we approach the coastline and continue until Menton after further 6 km (3,7 miles).


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Public transport


From the airport of Nice (NCE) to Promenade des Arts via bus line 98, then via bus line 7 until Riquier. Switching to bus line 84 towards Plateau Saint-Michel until La Pignata. From there, it’s only 300 meters (0,2 miles) to Grande Corniche.

Getting there

From the airport of Nice (NCE) Boulevard René Cassin via Avenue Auguste Maicon, then directly onto Avenue des Diables Bleues (total length: approx. 14 km/ 8,6 miles).


Alongside Grande Corniche there are signposted parking areas.


43.705739, 7.291395
43°42'20.7"N 7°17'29.0"E
32T 362337 4840609
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


For the stopovers along the road you’ll need sturdy shoes with a good profile, warm clothes and rainwear. In the summer time you should also carry sun protection (headgear, sun cream).

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29 km
0:29 h
532 m
531 m
Highest point
536 m
Lowest point
5 m
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