FRENCH RIVIERA (from A to Z)
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Juan Les Pins: Antibes-Juan
les Pins is one of the most well known resorts on the Côte d'Azur, located
between Nice and Cannes.
Ancient Greek fortified town Antibes manages to be a historic town, but also an eventful and innovating town.
The historic aim remains with the ramparts along the sea and the long protective wall along the port and in the old town with plenty of little streets for exploring, restaurants of all types and lots of shops. The Port Vauban, is the largest marina in Europe; on one side of it you'll discover the 16th-century Fort Carré massive, star-shaped fortress on a promontory overlooking the old port and on the other side you'll stroll on the "billionaires wharf", the large yachts jetty which welcomes the worlds largest yachts every summer! Covered Markets, Brocantes, Picasso Museum in the Grimaldi castle, Antibes offers nice and peacefull moments. Leaving the smooth ambiance of Antibes we reach the most exciting side of the resort: Juan les Pins !
Juan-les-Pins part is a seaside resort and night-life area of sandy beaches, boutiques, night clubs and casino. "Juan" also welcomes for over 40 years the legendary jazz festival which has brought the stars to Antibes. From Bechet, Armstrong to Milesor Ella...they've all been here. And it still goes on, as the pine trees are still the rendezvous for the headlining Jazz musicians and the new born stars.
Between Antibes and Juan les Pins, you'll cross the Cap d'Antibes. This large park peninsula hosts lots of millionaires villas and residences, the Garoupe Beach and the famous "Eden Roc", hotel reputed to be the most beautiful hotel in the world and the hotel of choice for some famous people who prefer to avoid the bright lights of the Croissette in Cannes during their short stays on the Côte d'Azur...
Monaco and Nice, Beaulieu is a little resort on the "Basse Corniche",
its name means "beautiful place" in Frenh and it is well named! You
can choose what you prefer to do: visit the Greek villa "Kérylos"
constructed in the image of an antique Greek palace with interior decorated by
mosaics, marble, frescos and treasures from the 6th to the 10th century BC,
gamble at the Casino or simply relax on the sandy beaches !
Cannes: Renowned as the jewel in the crown of the Riviera resorts, Cannes is home of some of the "most exclusive": Most exclusive Palaces, Festivals, Restaurants or Names.
Strolling on the "Croisette" between the famous the Film Festival Palace, sandy beaches, Palaces, the Old Harbour and all luxurious yachts.
Shopping in the "Rue d'Antibes", la Croisette and the Old Town "Le Suquet" with its pittoresque "rue Meynadier".
Discovering Cannes Medieval Hours on the Lerins Islands: take a 15-minute boat ride from the Old Harbour to the Ile Saint-Honorat with its 11th century monastery and abbey famous for its Lerina liquor, made by the Cistercian monks, who prepared it from local plants. Then on Ile Sainte Marguerite visit the Fort Royal built under Richelieu and transformed by architect Vauban in the 17th century and see the state prisons, which were built under Louis XIV and welcomed the Man in the Iron Mask !
Cannes offers everything for a perfect time...and for all tastes!
Next to Monaco,
this medieval village, also called the eagle nest, is one of the most
picturesque spots in the region. 400m above the sea it offers a unique panorama
of the Frech and Italian Riviera.
Eze is also well known for its gastronomic restaurants: "La Chèvre d'Or" castle, now part of the Relais et Châteaux establishment and the "Chateau Eza" which was the last residence of SAR Prince William of Sweden.
You will also find perfume and glass factories, arts and crafts shops through the village small narrow streets and archways leading to the Exotic garden in the Ruin of the Medieval fortress.
ancient medieval village overlooks the Loup valley with wonderful panoramic
views along the French riviera.
What to do:
- Visit of the Castle of Gourdon which was classed as an historical monument in 1971.
- Shopping: local arts and crafts : stained glass, silk painting, perfumes, soaps, honey...
Grasse: Inland, between
Nice and Cannes, Grasse is the getaway to the great countryside. This small town
is "simply" called the perfume capital of the world!
The French perfume industry began in Grasse in the 16th century reason why you will find perfume museums and perfume factories to visit.
You'll also have the possibility to create your own fragrance !
the "Grande Corniche" Looking over the Principality of Monaco from a
height of 1150m, la Turbie is the highest point on the long Roman road into Gaul
(Provence). La Turbie has conserved a number of its remains from the past :
gateways from the XIII° century village walls, vaulted porches and the famous
"Augustus Trophy". The Trophée des Alpes, or Augustus Trophy,
was built in 6 BC, it was a 50 m high monument to the glory of Augustus. Now
only 35 m high and half in ruin, it's still an imposing monument.
Menton: Last French city before Italy, Menton is all at once a city of gardens, a seaport, and a beach resort. Its exceptional climate makes the city a paradise of gardens, ideal for growing orang, lemon trees, palm trees,and mimosa.
Every year in February Menton is the stage for an immense celebration called the "Fête des Citrons" (Lemon Festival).
The old town, le Vieux Menton, is a pedestrian area full of shops of all sorts and terrace cafés.
Nice: Capital of the French Riviera, Nice is the fifth largest city of France. With its exceptional climate its worth taking the time to discover Nice any time of the year. The city offers a rich architectural and cultural heritage, a multitude of parks and gardens and large shopping streets.
Nice has a total of 19 museums and galleries, 32 classified historical monuments and 300 ha of woodland and green areas.
The old town with its flower market, the tiny craft shops and its narrow streets where you will taste the Pissaladières (onion, anchoy tarts), the Pan Bagnat (vegetable and tuna sandwich), the Salade Niçoise and others...
The famous "English Promenade" along the beach with the luxurious hotels as the Negresco, the café terraces.
The hill of Cimiez, its Roman Ruins with Matisse Museum, and Chagall Museum.
In the Center Town large shopping area starting by the Massena Place with markets, boutiques and restaurants but also possibility to visit the biggest Russian Church of the world outside Russia.
Finally you will ponctually enjoy Nice Carnival and its Bataille de Fleur (Flower Battle) in February or the Jazz Festival in the arena of Cimiez during summer.
Roquebrune: Situated between
Menton and Monaco , this seaside resort starts at the water's edge and goes all
the way up to its perched village.
Roquebrune village is a medieval village perched on a rocky outcrop high over the Mediterranean, dominated by the 10th-century chateau.
this picturesque place with narrow streets has a great view from Roquebrune Cap Martin to Monte-Carlo. Following one of the paved paths down the hill you'll see one of the oldest olive trees of the region (over 1000-year-old millenaire).
St Jean-Cap-Ferrat: Wonderful peninsula between Nice and Monaco, St Jean-Cap-Ferrat is the "Hollywood" of the Côte d'Azur; one of the first residential sites on the Riviera. Its main spot is the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, former mansion of the Baronness Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild it welcomes 7 different style gardens (French Traditional, Florentine, Spanish, Exotic, Lapidary, Japanese, Provencal) and an enormous art collection. Located on the top of the peninsula, it offers a great panorama.
You can also stroll on the harbour with its terrasses restaurants or enjoy the "Paloma" or "Passable" beaches.
St Paul de Vence: Built on its rocky outcrop between two deep valleys, Saint Paul is one of the most intact fortified village in Provence. The exceptional light of the surrounding area has inspired numerous famous artists, painters, writers and poets. That's why the village is filled with art galleries, craft workshops, provençal boutiques and museums. Charming streets, floral exuberance of the gardens, vine-covered stone walls, shady squares, ancient fountains, gateways and porches or wonderful windows; even if you don't feel like buying anything, the simple fact of walking through the village worth the journey.
Last but not least St Paul welcomes:
- The Maeght Foundation constitutes one of the most important collections of twentieth century art in Europe.
- The restaurant La Colombe d'Or which welcomed some famous artists like Braque, Matisse and César. You can view their works on display here.
- Le Saint Paul: part of the Relais et Châteaux establishment and Michelin-starred restaurant.
- The Russian born painter Mark Chagall's tomb in the Saint Paul-de-Vence cemetery.
Former little fishermen village, St
Tropez is the International tourist mecca, the most fashionable resort on the
Beautifull sandy beaches during the day, shopping in the afternoon along the harbour in the old city, and night club till the sunrise ...
From Picasso, Brigitte Bardot to Brad Pitt or Georges Clooney, St Tropez is THE spot for the international Jet Set.
Byblos, Nikki beach, La Voila rouge, Club 55, Pago Pago, VIP Room in St Tropez everything is famous !
But "St Trop" succeed to keep its fishermen aim also specially at the Place des Lices where Tropezians play "Pétanque" (balls) drinking a Pastis; in the Old town with its 18th c. church and its bell tower and in the Old Port.
You can also discover all around the city, the little villages of Ramatuelle, Cogolin, Grimaud with its paved and flowered streetsand the ruins of the feudal castle and Port Grimaud also called the Venice of the Riviera.
Villefranche sur Mer: Situated
near Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, Villefranche is an amazing place. Its superb harbour
known to be one of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean is the deepest and
most protected of the Riviera.
The port bordered by restaurants and their terraces, the Saint Elme citadel from the 16th century, the old town with narrow streets and tiny shops or the " obscure" street that is completely covered for about half its length contribute to the beauty of the village.
Jean Cocteau, a native of the area, liked to come to Villefranche where he made friends with the fishermen to whom he dedicated his re-decoration of the Chapelle Saint-Pierre.
its old town and Golf Clubs,
and its glass
the flower riviera:
Ventimiglia with its open market every friday,
San Remo with its shopping streets, open market on tueday and saturday,
Portofino a jewel in the Mediterranean! The famous “Piazzetta”, the quay and the Pier, the boutiques, the shops, the American bars, and the restaurants.
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