Tour around Dramont

A very nice short walk that with beautiful views of the bay of Agay and the Esterel massif.

Technical sheet
A Saint-Raphaël (Var) walk posted on 16/03/14 by polo381. Update : 17/11/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h30[?]
Distance Distance : 2.73mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 367ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 377ft
Highest point Highest point : 348ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 16ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Esterel
Location Location : Saint-Raphaël (Var) (83700)
Starting point Starting point : N 43.41712° / E 6.8456°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3544ET
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Description

To start, the easiest way is to head to the large car park at the landing beach (note that in summer spaces are likely to be few and far between). Then head for the beach, turn left onto the shingle (1) (yellow markings) as far as the small harbour of Poussaï. Cross to the other side of the harbour and head towards a small staircase that provides access to a good path, continue up for about 200 metres and turn right (2) onto the partially paved path up a gentle incline. The view sometimes opens onto the sea or provides a view of Dramont’s summit and semaphore tower. Shortly after the path levels out. Turn left uphill (3) passing the path to the right leading down to the sea. After a short climb, turn left at a junction (4) on a path up towards the entrance of the semaphore tower (no access), with a beautiful view and a sign that informs visitors about the purpose of the semaphore. The roads heads down to the right. After a few metres, turn right onto the road that rises slightly to the transmitter where there is another wonderful view going around the transmitter. Head downhill on the road (no traffic) and a little further down head left (5) ignoring the markings and continue the descent to reach the path of ascent, the harbour and the car park on the same route.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0
1 : mi 0.11 - alt. mi 0.11 - follow track to the left
2 : mi 0.44 - alt. mi 0.44 - turn right
3 : mi 0.85 - alt. mi 0.85 - follow track to the left
4 : mi 1.07 - alt. mi 1.07 - follow track to the left
5 : mi 1.86 - alt. mi 1.86 - follow track to the left
D/A : mi 2.73 - alt. mi 2.73

Useful Information

This walk can be enjoyed in trainers or hiking shoes. Remember to bring water.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 3544ET.

Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

The landing beach, which was one of the Allies’ main landing sites in August 1944.

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