Four quiet resorts in the Cote díAzur

18th May, 2016
Its golden beaches, pretty coloured houses and blue Mediterranean waters have meant that over the past century, many towns and villages located on the Cote díAzur in the south of France have become tourist hotspots, thriving with busy hotels, restaurants and shops. Many of us, however, wish to see the beauty of this area but still get away from it all. It is becoming more and more difficult to do it in this region, however, if itís peace and quiet youíre looking for, these four seaside villages are worth a visit. For the ultimate privacy, take a look at our secluded luxury villas in Languedoc and Provence.

Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer


Rayol-Canadel is a relatively new resort, built on a hill with a staggeringly deep descent down to the sea in a location that was inaccessible until the 19th century. Offering five beaches and a natural woodland filled with stunning flora and fauna, this is a wonderful quiet place offered undisturbed natural scenery. The largest attraction here is the 44-acre Domaine de Rayol Gardens, which bring together plants, flowers and trees from around the globe.


Villefranche-sur-Mer


Located between the thriving seafront resorts of Nice and Monaco, itís hard to believe that youíd find a quiet fishing village here with a truly authentic Nicoise charm. The village is still small and contained enough that the people still know each other, and you wonít be able to resist the beauty of the old town, with its streets winding down the hillside to the waterfront quay. Decorated with colourful flowers and balconies, many of the traditional buildings in the old town date back to the 12th and 13th centuries.


Theoule-sur-Mer


Hidden away between the Esterel Mountains, Theoule-sur-Mer is just 10km from Cannes and is another fishing village which has managed to retain its small-town charm. Since medieval times, the village has been dedicated to fishing, and is also home to small bays and sandy beaches, carved out of the red rocky coast.

Ramatuelle


Built against the hills overlooking the Bay of Pampelonne, the village of Ramatuelle is closed in by ramparts, though there are several stunning beaches just minutes away. Narrow streets criss-cross the village, lined by old stone houses topped with roofs of pink tiles, while the inlets and creeks offer a peaceful place to relax and watch the world go by. The village also has a lively cultural scene, especially known for its jazz and classical music festivals.