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Antibes itself is a large commune city which includes Old Antibes, Juan-les-Pins, Golfe-Juan, Port Vauban, and Cap d’Antibes. Port Vauban which was completed by the end of the 18th century, is a major marina, possibly the largest on the coast, and as such, it includes shopping and yachting options in addition to fishing. Juan-les-Pins is the part of Antibes that comes to life after sunset, as it has the most favored nightclubs of the area, local shops and bars which are open all night up to 5am, so a terrific place for shopping. Imagine getting your hot croissant straight out of the boulangerie’s oven as he opens up! The Cap d’Antibes is the southern part of Antibes and is well-known because of references to it in such famous works of literature as “Tender is the Night” by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Cannes. What to do and see in Cannes ? Of course, Cannes's claim to-fame these days is the International Film Festival every Spring at the Palais des Festivals on the harbour. Part of the same Palais des Festivals houses possibly the most highly frequented casino in France, the Casino Croisette, established in 1907, and the very popular Jimmyz Nightclub, where the dress code requires men to wear a jacket to enter. From the Palais des Festivals, walk around what is left of the old port of Cannes. In days gone by, Cannes used to be a very important fishing port, today you can admire the yachts of the rich and possibly famous, though the true mega-yachts will be found at the International Yacht Club along the coast in Antibes. Take a stroll along “La Croisette”, a mile-long promenade that skirts the bay of Cannes, stopping here and there for a coffee. The beaches, especially along La Croisette, are mostly private. You pay for a days use (including sunbed and parasol), but they do have a private beach restaurant and waiter service on hand. The public beaches and are to be found at the far east and west of town, but in the high season they tend to be crowded. If you are looking for a quieter beach, a much better option is to go west along the coast in the direction of Théoule sur Mer, about 5 kms. Early morning and late afternoon, the beaches are quieter. Walk along the Boulevard de la Croisette, relax on the beach or take yourself shopping in some of those chic boutiques. Then head out to dinner of course. Whatever your budget, there’s something to suit – from the very fine dining to the traditional French bistros. To sit at a café or restaurant and watch the world go by in Cannes is always a treat.
If you take a trip inland you will discover a string of hilltop villages such as Gourdon, Eze, La Turbie, Cabris and Gorbio. These villages were built on elevated positions to protect the population from Saracen invasions. You will discover ramparts, castles and breathtaking sea views.
Monaco is a must. Stroll around the Formula One Grand Prix Circuit, open all year round as it’s actually in the town of Monte Carlo. See the Changing of Guards on the forecourt of the Castle and finish off with a homemade ice cream in one of the many small shops in the old town.
Nice: The Promenade des Anglais is m succession of public and private beaches stretching from the Nice International Airport to the centre of town, 7 Kms, with large cycling tracks for the really enthusiastic.
Villefranche sur Mer is quite remarkable, a harbour for small ships and even luxury liners which means a town always buzzing with life, with a host of seafront restaurants selling the products of the morning’s fishing. The fresher the better, and you can’t get much fresher than this.
Grasse will not only enable you to visit a perfume factory to discover the ancestral extraction and distillation techniques. There are 3 major factories which you can visit : Fragonard, Molinard and Galimard. They all have two factories, one in the heart of the old town, the other on the outskirts of Grasse. In Galimard you will even be able to assemble your own personalized fragrance, with the help of a professional “nose” of course. There is also The International Perfumery Museum to visit, where you will find one of the world’s largest collections of perfume bottles and labels. Reports have it a second museum may have to be built to house the entire collection!
Mougins is wonderful for two things -gastronomic restaurants where quality is extraordinary and very reasonably priced. (try out the Brasserie de la Méditerranée) and Art. There are art galleries down all the small cobbled streets. Head up to this hill top village for food, art, the joy of getting lost of little streets and great views.
Valbonne, in contrast to hundreds of other medieval villages where the streets tend to be narrow and twisty, is laid out in neat, symmetrical rectangles planned by the Abbot of Lerins, following the plans of ancient Roman cities. A large Provençal market is held every Friday morning, and you are sure to find just the thing to take home with you to remind you of an amazing and memorable stay in the Cote d’Azur region. Dine on the square and watch the world go by.
Saint Paul de Vence is another lovely hilltop village, little lanes overflowing with galleries and shops. For a more modern touch, visit the Maeght Foundation. An inspiration to artists and writers the world over, this pretty medieval village is home to a number of art galleries, museums and artisan shops, and don’t be surprised if you see a celebrity or two wandering the streets. Despite being one of the most beautiful villages in Provence, it has retained its charm and authenticity and is much loved by all who visit.
Cap d’Ail has some lovely beaches. A town famous for its secluded coves, striking Belle Epoque villas and famous residents, it may only be a stone’s throw from Monaco, but it is a world away from the hustle and bustle. Drawn by the sea, the enchanting beaches and lush vegetation, it’s no surprise the likes of Greta Garbo, Prince Charles and Winston Churchill have graced its shores. Superb views of Italy and the Var coastline, with Monaco as its neighbour, this is one hot address.
Menton is a joy to visit any time of the year – a jewel on the French Riviera and Franco-Italian border, it boasts beautifully restored old buildings, and an old town full of cobbled streets, chic shops and pavement cafes. So, just to wander around it is a pure joy. But, if you need a rest and want to enjoy that warm southern sun, head for the beach. The nearest to the old town is most probably the Plage des Sablettes, but there are many private beaches to enjoy great bar service and fantastic seaside restaurants.