The ultra-chic resorts of the Côte d’Azur have been attracting the great and the glamorous since Chanel made suntans popular. The very mention of the name conjures up images of stylish living against a backdrop of azure-blue bays. Perhaps most famous of the glitzy resorts is Saint-Tropez. At its heart, the original Provençal fishing village remains, but it’s the golden beaches, stylish harbour filled with super yachts and fashionable parties that give it its flamboyant reputation, hence why is has been a summer haunt of the jet-set for decades. An array of restaurants and cafés lines the waterfront, so you can enjoy leisurely meals alfresco-style whilst watching the antics of the bustling harbour, where stylish yachts moor alongside fishing trawlers. Quaint streets flanked by a variety of shops and cafés snake through the town and lead to La Place aux Herbes. A kaleidoscope of colour, this lively square is a great place to soak up the atmosphere of local life as stallholders display their wares of freshly-caught fish, organic fruit and vegetables and scented flowers.
Similarly, the small town, St-Jean, on the opulent Cap-Ferrat peninsula which was once owned by King Leopold II of Belgium has a leisurely atmosphere and a village-like feel, as well as the beautiful sandy beach, Plage de Passable. However, the private villas and luxury yachts in the pretty port serve to remind you that it is one of the most luxurious destinations in the Mediterranean.
Cannes is also an exuberant, lively and sophisticated seaside destination with a good choice of gourmet restaurants and pretty, if busy, beaches. Designer shops, hotels and boutiques line La Croisette, the famous boulevard along the seafront and the place to see-and-be- seen, while the attractive quarter, Vieux Port, is where fishing-boats jostle bumper-to-bumper with luxury yachts.
Just four and a half miles north of Cannes and set slightly inland is Mougins which is surrounded by forests and olive groves. It offers wonderful panoramic views of the Mediterranean sea and the Esterel mountains to the west. Over the years the peaceful village has been home to celebrities including Man Ray, Yves Saint Laurent, Catherine Deneuve and Picasso who spent the last twelve years of his life here. Mougins is renowned for its many excellent restaurants and Le Moulin de Mougins located in an old oil mill just outside the village is regarded by many as one of the top restaurants in France.
Eze is a picturesque medieval village positioned between Nice and Monaco, dominated by the remainder of its 12th century castle that is still visible at the top of the hill where it was built. Set high up on a cliff top looking out towards Cap-Ferrat and Italy, it offers some of the most beautiful views over the Mediterranean Sea. The narrow streets of the village wind through the landscape and are lined with pretty little houses that have been lovingly restored and are now mostly home to galleries, craft boutiques, souvenir shops and restaurants. You will also find that its character is further enhanced by the terraced cafés, quaint churches and lovely shaded squares where you can rest a moment and take in the views of the valley as you take a leisurely stroll up or down the hillside.
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Provence’s town, Grasse, is the perfume-making capital of France and is quite appropriately set amidst a patchwork of fields that bloom with lavender every June. Free guided tours are offered by major perfume houses including Molinard, Galimard and Fragonard, so that visitors can see the traditional processes involved in production. If you feel inspired and fancy trying your hand at the art yourself, there are perfume-making workshops where you will learn all about the top notes, middle notes and base notes required for a balanced perfume, ending up with a blend that’s truly unique to take back home.
Food & Drink
Begin your day with a cup of café au lait and a croissant. An appetite-stirring apéritif such as kir (white wine sweetened with blackcurrant liqueur, called crème de cassis) is often served before a meal, while a digestif such as pastis (an anise-flavoured cousin of the long-outlawed absinthe) accompanied by an expresso will be served at the end. For an afternoon treat, try a vanilla mille feuille – you won’t regret it!
In St-Jean, the gardens surrounding the king's residence are open to the public along with a small zoo, but perhaps a more spectacular sight is the Muse Ephrussi de Rothschild, commissioned by the Baroness Ephrussi de Rothschild. It houses her personal collection of paintings, 18th century furniture and porcelain; you can happily while away an hour or two here before milling around its grounds and enjoying the magnificent views over the Cap.
Each May, the world-famous International Film Festival, is held in Cannes and images of stars descending the steps of the Palais des Festivals are flashed across our television screens. If you're in the region during this time you may be able to see a celebrity or two in the flesh.
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