Hike Le Corbusier – Cap-Martin

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Hike Le Corbusier – Cap-Martin

The popular hike Le Corbusier goes along the sea between Roquebrune-Cap-Martin and Menton. It is a beautiful hike that gives you views of the beautiful coastline, the crystal-clear Mediterranean Sea, and the entire profile of the Principality of Monaco.

Hike trail Le Corbusier at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
The hiking trail “Le Corbusier” is beautifully landscaped and meanders along the azure Mediterranean Sea – ©cityxee.com

Tour description – Hike Le Corbusier Roquebrune-Cap-Martin

The entire Le Corbusier hiking route actually goes all the way between Monaco and Menton, but we have chosen to take the shorter route from Roquebrune-Cap-Martin towards Menton, as the views here are more spectacular this stretch is generally more pleasant, but both trips are definitely worth hiking at some point.

The path is beautifully landscaped, and, in many places, there are benches where you can relax and enjoy the snacks and drinks you packed.

Along the route, there are several smaller detours down to the sea if you want to get close to the azure sea – or maybe just to have a little quiet moment with yourself.

Trail Le Corbusier at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
There are several small detours from the path all the way down to the sea – ©cityxee.com
  • Length: 6.6 km (2 x 3.3 km)
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time required: 1.5-2 hours
  • Elevation: +/- 30/30 m
Tips for the hike
Download the free version of the AllTraills app and be guided live on the tour. So, you can see exactly where in the terrain you are and which paths to follow at any time. Once you have the app on your phone, simply click on this link:

Hike Le Corbusier, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin

Tour start – Hike Le Corbusier from Roquebrune Cap-Martin

The hike starts at Cap-Martin train station, where there are also good parking facilities.

From here, follow signs for Plage de Buse beach. At the beach, turn left where the cube is followed until the path starts.

Stairs to Beach Buse at Roquebrune Cap Martin
From the parking lot at the station, follow the signs down to Buse beach, and the path starts at the end of the beach on the left – ©cityxee.com

Once the path is reached at the end of the beach, simply follow it along the water to the terminus.

From here you can either choose to walk the same way back to the starting point or continue along the sea all the way to Menton. It is a further stretch of 3 kilometers.

If you choose to go to Menton, you can read more about the city and its sights here. To head back to the train station in Cap-Martin, if you are tired you can either take bus 100, the train or an Uber.

Who was Corbusier?

Promenade Le Corbusier was named after the famous and highly acclaimed Swiss French architect, Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris (1887-1965), who was nicknamed ‘Le Corbusier’.

Known as one of the pioneers of what is now called modern architecture, he was dedicated to providing better living conditions for the residents of crowded cities. Jeanneret-Gris was very influential when it came to urban planning, much so that in 2016 seventeen of his projects were included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites for their “outstanding contribution to the modern movement”.

Le Corbusier fell so much in love with Roquebrune-Cap-Martin that, as a birthday present for his wife, he built a small “castle” of only 15 square meters called Le Cabanon.

La Cabanon de Cap-Martin
Le Corbusier’s Le Cabanon in Cap-Martin is both a total work of art and the archetype of the minimum cell, based on an absolute ergonomic and functionalist approach.
You can visit Le Cabanon, perched on a cliff right at the beginning of the promenade, overlooking the

Plage de Buse, and admire its architecture.

By Mette F. Willumsen – 2023

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