You can discover canyoning, more hiking, rivers, waterfalls, magic colours and river pools to swim in. Right behind Nice near the BandB’s of Cote d’Azur Autrement.
Canyon / clue of Pierrefeu small secluded basins where you can glide from the rocks. Also great with kids. So secluded you can even do skinny dipping.
Clue/ Canyon du Riolan: this is a side river of the Esteron with caves and waterfalls.
Golfe-Juan’s claim to fame is the landing of Emperor Napoleon on the 1 March 1815 at the end of his exile on the island of Elba. He chose the coast of Vallauris to escape being noticed by the British navy. His landing marked the beginning of the 100 day period which ended with his defeat in Waterloo on the 18 June 1815.
Every second year an important event is organised by the town and an association to re-enact Napoleon’s landing. It’s a colourful event taken very seriously by the locals. Classic yachts and old rigging, actors dressed up as Napoleon, as the troops, with authentic weaponry and equipment. There are also conferences, exhibitions, side events, and even the staff of restaurants or shops take great pleasure being dressed in costumes from this era.
Also of interest is Napoleon’s Column which marks the beginning of the Napoleonic Route and has been in its present location since 1932. The stele, a plaque, can be found in the port of Golfe Juan and suposedly marks the exact spot where Napoleaon landed : « Napoleon landed here on 1 March 1815 »
Tucked between Villefranche and Beaulieu, the dense vegetation and dramatic cliffs of the prestigious Cap Ferrat peninsula hide some of the most luxurious villas on the Riviera including the spectacular Villa Ephrussi. A footpath along the steep cliffs of the peninsula offers a tranquil escape from the summer crowds.
Do not miss to visit the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild built in the Italianate style soon after 1905 which the Baroness named Villa Ile de France after a memorable cruise. Located in a magnificent park of 7 ha (17 acres) surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea you will discover nine heavenly gardens adorned with patios, fountains, ponds, flowered and shaded paths.
Located between the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains, 14 kms away from the beaches, the village perched in a rocky outcrop unrestrictedly looks out onto the French Riviera. Thanks to violet cultivation that appeared at the end of the 19th century and is still practised nowadays, the city is worth to be called “Violets City”.
The medieval village
Tourrettes sur Loup is an unusual fortified town with its outer houses forming the rampart and possesses an original architectural richness linked around a half-moon central route. A visit of this medieval city makes you discover a large heritage : castle, city walls, gates, wash house...
The artists’ village
Appreciated by film producers from 1925, Tourrettes became a meeting place for musicians, painters, writers and poets, and saw a creation revival in the fifties. Artisan weavers settled there and, in their impetus, attracted other disciplines of quality. Today, more than thirty workshops and galleries make it a place of high standing for arts and crafts on the French Riviera.
The Bastide des Violettes which was inaugurated in the spring 2010, is both a memorial and a living space where Tourrettes specifically highlights and presents its culture, particularly with new techniques adapted to the preservation of the environment. The season closes with the Violet Festival, which normally takes place on the 1st or 2nd Sunday in March, depending on state of the blossoms.
This wonderful village, immortalized by a great many celebrities, overlooks surrounding landscapes which reminds of Toscana. Saint Paul de Vence is the epitome of the fortified towns that once guarded the Var frontier. Perched on a rocky spur behind ramparts that have remained more or less intact it has kept much of its medieval appearance while becoming one of the most visited villages in France. To discover : old streets, city walls, chapels, art galleries, the Maeght Foundation, modern art galleries, craftsmen.
A must is the visit of the Maeght Foundation. It breathes art and celebrates art. Exhibitions, set against a backdrop of greenery, are strong and eclectic. The Foundation presents an important collection of works, offering an exceptional and panoramic overview of modern and contemporary art. The gardens are conducive to contemplation; take a stroll in its fairytale universe peopled with sculptures and harbouring a maze designed by Miro.
Worth a visit is the White Penitents’ Chapel (17th century)decorated by Folon. It was one of the last commissions undertaken by the Belgian artist, who died in 2005. Inaugurated in June 2008, the chapel highlights the close relations Folon enjoyed with craftsmen, his conception of the stained glass window and sculpture, his fascination with light.