La Napoule and Mandelieu are both approximately a 4km (7 minutes) drive away.
The local supermarket/hypermarket is a short drive away. There are other smaller supermarkets and several local food markets in Mandelieu, La Bocca and of course, Fourville – the largest and most spectacular, six days a week, in Cannes. On Mondays, it transforms into an enchanting bric-a-brac market.
Cannes is 8km down the coast. Picturesque Mougins is 9 km inland; Juan-le-Pins, Biôt, Valbonne and Antibes are all within easy reach. In the other direction. the pretty village of Thèoule is well worth exploring. And don’t forget that access to the Italian markets in San Remo and Ventimiglia is pretty easy too by train from La Napoule station or if you’ve got more time, by car.
Glamorous Cannes provides everything that an international holiday destination offers, from the full array of exclusive boutiques to smart beaches it boasts a range of fabulous restaurants and bars to suit all pockets. In the summer, the regular city firework displays are spectacular.
Hilltop Mougins is also a short drive away with its views, galleries and famously, its restaurants. Slightly further afield you will find Antibes with its beautiful harbour and old town, Juan-les-pins, quaint Valbonne with its lovely shops and markets and Biôt, famous for pottery and glass blowing.
St Tropez is reachable as is Villefranche, St Jean Cap Ferrat, Beaulieu and Monaco.
There are beautiful beaches in La Napoule and all along the coast to Cannes. In the other direction, beaches in Thèoule also await. You won’t have to look too far for a range of water sports plus paragliding, jet skis and boats for hire – be they small motor boats or fully crewed, fabulous gin palaces! The coastline is also home to many great golf courses.
For culture vultures, the area doesn’t disappoint. The French Riviera is home to 100 museums and over 150 galleries including the following:
- Musée National du Message Biblique Marc Chagall, Nice: Chagall himself arranged The paintings inside this museum. In itself, the building is an excellent example of modern architecture.
- Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nice: This museum was established in 1928 in a great villa built in 1878 for Princess Kotschoubey. The museum’s collection is very diverse and has many works by famous as well as less-known Riviera artists.
- Fondation Maeght, St-Paul-de-Vence : It is considered the best of all modern art museums in the French Riviera. The museum has a collection of great sculptures, including some by Miro, which are exhibited both indoors and out.
The following are also not to be missed: Musée Matisse, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nice, Musée Picasso in Antibes, the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Nicholas.
Also ‘a must’ is the Villa Euphrussi de Rothschild, recognised as a historical monument with remarkable gardens. This sumptuous palazzo, one of the finest listed buildings on the French Riviera, has views over the Bay of Villefranche on one side and the Bay of Beaulieu on the other. The Villa is surrounded by nine magnificent gardens offering patios, waterfalls, ponds, herbaceous borders, shady paths and rare trees. These are the Florentine, Spanish French, Exotic, Japanese, Stone and Provencal gardens. It often stages musical events.
A short drive away is the spectacular Gorge du Verdon, an area of outstanding, natural beauty which is well worth a visit but maybe easiest out of season. Aix-en-Provence isn’t too far away either.
We’ve just listed a few of the attractions of the area, of course, there’s much, much more to see and explore.
A favourite over time of many painters including Van Gogh and Cezanne, it truly is a very special place.
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