Walking by the sea

The coastal path

The coastal path, which runs for 47 km from Six-Fours to Hyères, offers a stunning variety of landscapes, sometimes from high above the sea, sometimes dipping right down to the waterside, plus a rich diversity of natural and heritage sites.

The Coastal Path guidebook

The coastal path is a favourite with local residents as well as with the many visitors to the region, so the TPM metropolitan authority decided to bring out a guidebook to the coastal path, containing suggested walks with a variety of land and sea themes, useful information on how to make the most of the path and a glossary of Mediterranean flora and fauna.

The Coastal Path guidebook is available from all TPM tourist offices and can also be downloaded below.

The Sentier des Douaniers

The coastal path or Sentier des Douaniers takes its name from the original purpose for which it was created under the First Empire, as a path to be used by Customs officers patrolling the coastline to prevent smuggling and skulduggery of all kinds.


Eco-wardens patrol the path daily to keep a watchful eye on the path and its maintenance, and to provide information to walkers. Signs were installed in 2008 to make it easier to access and use the path. A news bulletin providing walkers with information on the state of the path and walking conditions is available from the local tourist offices and can be downloaded below.

Key figures

  • 84 km of coastline
  • 15 km of the path rehabilitated since 2003

Check before you set off

The Environment Department issues a newsletter for tourists and users of the path, updated every two months or so and posted up in tourist offices and at strategic points along the path. Backed up by advice from the wardens, the newsletter provides practical and environmental information, latest information on routes, work in progress, sections of the path that are open to the public, sections that are closed or only partially open, etc.

Download the "Coastal Path Newsletter", a PDF document, below.