The very first French Riviera Garden Festival will take place from the 1 April to the 1 May, don’t miss the date !
Two sections make up the festival : the « in » which is a competition of temporary gardens of 200 m2 which will be installed in town centres including Cannes - the Villa Rothschild, Menton – Jardin Biovès, Grasse- Place du Petit Puy and Place de l’Eveché, Nice – Jardin Albert 1er which can be found on the Promenade du Paillon, Antibes – Pinède Gould in Juan les Pins.
The other part of the Festival, « off », concerns other expositions, conferences on the theme of gardens, open days to visit existing gardens and other events.
The French Riviera is rich in events, culture and not just beaches and sun !
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.
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.
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.