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Cote d'Azur - Beautiful coastline, beautiful people

The beautiful coastline of the Côte d’Azur has long emitted a golden glow, bathed in warm Mediterranean sunshine and the riches of its glamorous residents. Venture inland into the backdrop of scenic mountains however and you will be warmly welcomed into another world. Rich in tradition and culture, tiny medieval villages continue as they have done for centuries, with a quiet afternoon game of boules, or an evening stroll around the square - welcome to the real France.

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Les Adrets De L'Esterel

Away from the hustle and bustle of Cannes, the charming, unspoilt village of Les Adrets de l'Esterel enjoys a breathtaking mountain setting. The panorama from here is simply stunning - take one of the signposted walks and admire the dramatic red rocks and sparkling Mediterranean on the horizon, or watch climbers scale the Baou St. Jeannet rock face which stands majestically over the village. Wander the winding medieval streets and shop for local olive oil, cheese and wine, or take a drive to neighbouring Vence to browse the traditional market.

  • 45mins fromNice

Mandelieu la Napoule

A unique and well preserved destination, Mandelieu La Napoule is located in the very heart of the Cote d’Azur, half way between St Tropez and the Italian border. This lovely resort has good restaurants, bars and nightlife, and with Cannes on your doorstep, the best in designer shops are not far away. Great beaches are on offer in the area, and if you are a nature lover, the Tanneron and Esterel National Parks are offer vast expanses of woodlands as well as breathtaking views.

  • 35mins fromNice

Cannes Mandelieu Resort

Located on the outskirts of Cannes in the resort of La Napoule Mandelieu, nestled between the beautiful landscape of the sea and the hills of L'Esterel, Cannes Mandelieu resort is the perfect location for those keen to explore the region. In an exceptional situation, the resort is a few kilometres from Cannes, close to the famous Golf Old Course and also Cannes Mandelieu private airport. Be prepared to try and spot celebrities as they fly in to this exclusive area. The resort itself offers something for all the family, with a plethora of facilities onsite, such as the relaxing spa, the tennis courts, a fantastic lake side bar and restaurant and beautiful apartments which provide a relaxing environment. With a super kids’ club and communal pool area, the resort provides a social aspect for the children, whilst offering a peaceful retreat if required too! With plenty of things to see and do on the resort and in the local areas, and with a shuttle bus conveniently dropping you at the beach and the centre of La Napoule Mandelieu, there is no better place to stay for a holiday along the French Riviera.

  • 30mins fromNice

St. Raphael

St. Raphael has risen to stardom as one of the richest towns on the Cote d'Azur. It is an important resort and has been popular with holidaymakers since the early twentieth century, hence St Raphael is known for its wonderful sandy beaches and maritime pursuits, such as diving and boat trips to local sites of interest. The beaches run from the new port of Santa Lucia to the old port in the town centre. From the gare maritime in the old port, or vieux port, you can take boat trips out to the Îles d'Hyères and St-Tropez, and the Îles de Lérins towards Cannes. Lots of other watersports are also on offer, or you could head to the Grand Casino and mix with the rich and famous.

  • 1hr 5mins fromNice


Mougins is a beautiful old medieval village located just 15 minutes’ drive from the bright lights of glittering Cannes. Surrounded by beautiful forests, the town is packed with fascinating old buildings, quaint narrow streets lined with little stone houses, and colourful flowers trailing down the walls. A number of celebrities have enjoyed staying here in the past, including many from the art and culture world, to which the village has traditionally had strong connections. In nearby Cannes, you will find great beaches, nightlife and shopping amid the bustling atmosphere.

  • 20mins fromNice

St. Cezaire

The ancient fortified village of St. Cézaire sits on a mountain ledge high above the Siagne river, just 35km inland from the beautiful Riviera coastline. Its pretty cafe lined central square with water fountain enjoys breathtaking views over the Basse Alpes, the Mediterranean and distant bay of St Tropez.

  • 1hr fromNice

Theoule Sur Mer

Situated in the beautiful Esterel area, Theoule-Sur-Mer boasts majestic views over the sparkling sea, and mountains behind. The village has retained a traditional feel due to strict controls on development in the area, although a range of facilities including shops, restaurants and a supermarket are available. A beach can be found at the foot of the cliffs, which is perfect for activities, including sailing and other watersports.

  • 45mins fromNice

Bar Sur Loup

The centre of this quaint little village is completely car free, helping to preserve the wonderfully tranquil and relaxed atmosphere. Simply stroll round the quaint narrow streets admiring the beautiful buildings and tiny squares – there’s something different to be discovered around every corner. You will find a tourist information centre in the village, with points of interest including the pretty church of St Jacques le Majeur. Bar sur Loup is perched atop a hill overlooking the Loup valley and panoramic views can be enjoyed over the spectacular surrounding countryside, which includes the beautiful Loup river with its gorges and waterfalls. There are also plenty of outdoor activities to be found nearby, including walking, cycling, and fishing.

  • 1hr fromNice


Biot is a very picturesque and well known village which dates back about 2500 years. Close to the famous beaches between Antibes and Nice this village is popular with tourists and still retains much of its natural charm and its feeling of antiquity. Biot is particularly famous for the hand blown glassware made to this day in the village, typically a clear or colored transparent glass with little bubbles. Both historic and modern, a lovely village to visit.

  • 35mins fromNice


This picturesque ancient town is set around the ruins of a medieval château, which enjoys spectacular views over the surrounding countryside and towards neighbouring Italy. The narrow cobbled streets are the perfect place to soak up the Provençal way of life. The town centre is a popular meeting place for locals, and you will also see many artists and craftsmen selling handmade gifts made from olive wood, stained glass and other materials. The surrounding countryside is beautiful and there are plenty of opportunities to get out and explore it on foot. For a day trip, why not visit the historic town of Grasse – famous for its perfume – just six kilometres away by car.

  • 45mins fromNice


This historic town is situated in the heart of the Côte d’Azur. Frejus played a pivotal role as one of the biggest military ports of the Roman Empire, and today visitors flock to see the many historic sites here such as the amphitheatre and the fine medieval architecture. With a good selection of shops and restaurants, Frejus is also a very popular coastal resort. Just a couple of kilometres from the town, the beach is sandy and sheltered, stretching all the way round to the adjoining town of St. Raphael.

  • 55mins fromNice


Grimaud offers the the best of both worlds. Set inland from the Cote d'Azur, the village nestles amongst the pines and hills of the region, enjoying wonderful peace and tranquillity. However, Grimaud is also just a short drive to charming Port Grimaud andworld renowned St Tropez with its beaches, nightlife, glamour, cosmopolitan atmosphere, and of course, great bars and restaurants.Grimaud's perched location gives it a marvelous view of the surrounding hills and the Golfe de St Tropez,

  • 2hrs fromNice

La Colle Sur Loup

La Colle sur Loup sits in a beautiful natural environment of oaks, olive trees and pines, lemon trees and perfume flowers, and also has the good fortune to be close to Nice. Formerly a medieval town, there still remains a castle still in good condition as well as a 12th century priory now converted into a restaurant (L'Abbaye), which still has a fortified gateway and cloisters showing its history. The historic centre has good shopping and old narrow alleyways where you can enjoy shady little squares and fountains. The village is renowned for its antique dealers and good restaurants.

  • 30mins fromNice

Le Rouret

Le Rouret is a wonderful example of a typical Provencal village, with a beautiful 18th century church and a shady town square; where you can enjoy the small weekly market and the sight of locals playing the traditional French game of petanque. Here you will find a small selection of restaurants, including one of Michelin star quality, and a small shop where you can sample local produce. Ideally positioned in a beautiful part of Provence, just 25 mins from the renowned Riviera coastline and 15 mins from the picturesque villages of Valbonne and Grasse.

  • 30mins fromNice

Mouans Sartoux

Mouans-Sartoux is a mondernized Medieval village, and historic and typical of the area because of this. the village is located on the flatlands between Grasse and Cannes. The old town is layed out in a symmetrical style of rectangles like that of nearby Valbonne, and is called the Lerins style. The village enjoys good access to other parts of the Cote d'Azur, and the famous beaches of the region are easily accessible from here.

  • 30mins fromNice

Roquefort Les Pins

Roquefort Les Pins consists of a series of hamlets made up of recently built homes, located in an area near Valbonne, and concealed in the midst of a pine forest. Notre Dame is the oldest part, and there are good facilities such as shops, sports centres and tennis courts and possibly an antique dealer as well. This is an area with a wonderful Mediterranean life, benefitting from good facilities and great weather.

  • 30mins fromNice

Your Cote d'Azur Villa holiday

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On the beach in Cote d'Azur

The picturesque harbours of the Côte d’Azur are interspersed with pebbly inlets and stretches of golden sand that represent some of the most glamorous beaches in the world. Head to the beautiful Frejus and Antibes areas for the best sandy beaches, whilst the beach along ‘La Croisette’ – Cannes’ golden mile of prime seafront hotels and restaurants – is the place to be seen. Beaches in the main resorts are a mixture of public and private sections, many offering a wide range of watersports and hiring out sunloungers and parasols for those who want to relax

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Local cuisine in Cote d'Azur

Eating out is a passion in France, and no more so than on the Cote d’Azur. A wide choice of restaurants serve local fresh seafood prepared in a number of ways, and you might want to also try the locally produced vegetables and soups which this part of France is famous for. Meat is fresh and locally produced, and always cooked rare to maintain the highest of flavours. If you want to eat in, fresh local produce is always available at the local daily markets, and is often the cheapest way to shop. Try making a fish soup or ratatouille with the wonderful fresh goods on sale or sample some of the nut and olive breads, perhaps dipped in olive oil for a true taste of the region.

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Retail therapy in Cote d'Azur

Whether you’d like to spend hours soaking up the glamour of some of the world’s greatest designer boutiques in Cannes, or hunting down traditional mementos in a village craft market, the Côte d’Azur is the perfect place to put your holiday money to good use. Well known local produce includes the perfumes of Grasse, made from the wonderful aromas of flowers from the surrounding hillsides, and the beautiful coloured glassware from the hill village of Biot, revered by collectors the world over.

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Hints of history in Cote d'Azur

With its rich cultural heritage, a sense of history permeates the Cote d’Azur. The landscape in the Cote D’Azur is dotted with a beautiful old chateaux, medieval villages and Roman remains, while museums are scattered across the region, housing fascinating artifacts dating back to Greek and Roman times.

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Not to be missed...

  • Pick a seafront bar in any of the famous local towns, such as Cannes, Nice or Antibes, to watch the world go by – and perhaps a film star or two.
  • Pack a picnic and relax in the grassy park at Frejus, beneath the remarkable Roman aqueduct.
  • Take a day away from the beaches and shop ‘til you drop in Cannes, home of the designer boutique!
  • Cross the border into the tiny principality of Monaco for the day to admire the luxury yachts and drive some of the famous streets that make up the Monte Carlo Formula One circuit.
  • Head inland to the town of Vence to shop for local produce such as soaps, perfumes and flowers.

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