Do you feel like exploring Southern France, a picturesque diversity of sea and little mountains? Following the footsteps of the legendary French emperor Napoléon Bonaparte Bonaparte, you’ll get a sense of the typical French lifestyle.
The Route Napoléon traces the historic travel route of Napoléon Bonaparte after leaving exile back in 1815. In order to regain power, he made it from the Italian island of Elba up to the bright city of Grenoble near the Alps. On its approximately 200 miles, it covers a stunning route leading from the coastal city of Antibes to Grenoble. Along the route you’ll get to see the idyllic coastline, the famous city of Cannes and cross the six mountain ranges passing by Grand Canyon du Verdon.
Don’t miss the chance to visit the stunning Canyon du Verdon. There you can find several hiking trails and enjoy fantastic views over the nearby hills.
Route Napoléon follows mostly the signposted Route Nationale 85. There are only a few curves on this road. However, the track between Grasse and Barrême as well as the northern track of the route (until Col Bayard) counts with several hidden curves, so please drive carefully.
For the stopovers alongside the route you need solid footwear, weatherproof clothing and enough to drink (preferably water).
From the airport of Nice (NCE) we head southwards on motorway A8 to the coastal city of Antibes (total distance: 14 miles).
There are parking lots on the cities/small towns and at the POIS alongside the route.