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St. Paul de Vence is a classic rendition of the famous Provençal perched villages. Perfectly preserved, and set within the ramparts lies a maze of tiny cobbled streets filled with galleries and art studios. This celebrity village was first ‘discovered’ by Bonnard, Modigliani, and others in the 1920s. Since then, many of the rich and famous have flocked to St. Paul. The local museum displays photos of some of these visitors, such as Simon de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre, Francis Scott Fitzgerald, Catherine Deneuvre, Sophia Loren, Greta Garbo . . . Many of whom slept and dined at the Colombe d'Or auberge. Today it has an incredible 20th century art collection built up over the years from struggling artists who paid with their paintings in lieu of money. The collection includes works by Miró, Picasso and Braque. You can dine here also (but book well ahead) and enjoy the famous artwork, or a more humble option is lunch at one of the picturesque cafes in the village.
The Fondation Maeght is a short walk from the village. Here you will find one of the best private collections of modern and contemporary art in the world. Painters and sculptors collaborated with its creation so that art, building and garden are entirely integrated: the Giacometti courtyard, Miró labyrinth, Chagall mosaics. . . The collection and setting make it a must see for art lovers from around the world. The main street runs from the 13th century entrance gate of Porte Royale, past the Grande Fontaine to the Porte Sud, which looks out to the cemetery where Chagall, the Maeghts, and Escoffier rest in peace in this beautiful spot overlooking the sea and terraced countryside. At Sunlight Properties, we have some exquisite villas with gardens and lovely views of the famous landscape available to rent in this area for your next holiday.
A short distance from St. Paul de Vence is the town of Vence. It has a lovely old cathedral and has long attracted artists including D.H. Lawrence. The Porte de Peyra, which dates from 1441 is the entry to the Old Town. In the place du Frêne is a giant ash tree. You can also see the Chapelle du Rosaire decorated by Henri Matisse as a thank you to the nuns who nursed him through an illness. The cathedral is one of the smallest in France and is situated beside the former site of the forum of the Roman city Vintium.
Château Musée Grimaldi in Haute de Cagnes is the fortress built by the Grimaldi family in 1309 and withstood centuries of sieges before becoming a palace for Baron Grimaldi in 1620. It now houses an eclectic mix of museums, from modern art to olive trees. Close by is the Renoir museum where Renoir lovers can visit the home where he spent the last 12 years of his life in Haut de Cagnes. The Domaine des Collettes is a beautiful house surrounded by orange and olive groves. It was designed by Renoir to his own specifications with carefully framed views from every window. You can take Bus 400 from the centre of Nice to St. Paul de Vence in about 1 hour; visit the bus network site for further details: www.lignesdazur.com.
Shopping St. Paul de Vence is brimming with excellent galleries and artist studios within its pedestrian streets especially along rue Grande and rue de la Tour. La Petite Cave de St. Paul (7 rue de l’Etoile) stocks some excellent local wines.
Fondation Maeght inaugurated in 1964 by then French Minister of Culture, André Malraux, the collection as well as the building was conceived and entirely funded by Aimé and Marguerite Maeght to present modern and contemporary art in all its forms. The permanent exhibition includes works by Matisse, Miró, Léger, Calder, Bonnard and Chagall. Colline des Gardettes, St. Paul de Vence. Open daily 10am-6pm/7pm. Entry 14€. www.fondation-maeght.com
Château Musée Grimaldi 14th – 17th century palace which now features a myriad of specialty museums. The standout features are the Renaissance courtyard, the ‘illusionist’ painted ceilings, and a wonderful 200 year old pepper tree. Place Grimaldi, Haute de Cagnes. Open Wed-Sun: 10am-12pm & 2-5pm/6pm. Entry €4. www.cagnessurmer.fr/culture/chateau_musee.php
Musée Renoir contains an excellent collection of his paintings, sculptures, sketches, lithographs, and photographs. Because the house has been preserved just as it was when Renoir lived there, you can also see his personal possessions and gain an insight into his day to day life. Chemin des Collettes, Haut de Cagnes. Open Wed-Mon: 10am-12pm & 2-6pm Jul to Sep; and 10-12pm & 2-5pm Oct-Jun. Entry €4. www.cagnes-tourisme.com/renoir-museum.php
Chapelle du Rosaire decorated by Henri Matisse between 1947 and 1951 as a thank you to the nuns who nursed him back to health. Ave Henri Matisse, Vence. Open Daily. Entry €2.50.
Fondation Emile Hughes museum housed in the 16th century castle of the lords of Villeneuve. Château de Villeneuve, Vence. Open Tue-Sun: 10am-12.30pm & 2pm-6pm. www.museedevence.com.
Alain Llorca is a local celebrity when it comes to food. His focus is on meat and shellfish roasted on the grill with Mediterranean flavours. 35 rte de St. Paul. Tel: 04 93 32 02 93. www.alainllorca.com
Auberge des Seigneurs set in the heart of the Old Town of Vence, it is the oldest auberge in Vence at 400 years old and formerly a stage coach inn. The décor is traditional as is the food; in winter rotisserie meats are served up, and in summer meals are served on the terrace with lovely views over the town. Plc du Frêne, Vence Tel: 04 93 58 04 24. Open Tue-Sat. auberge-seigneurs.fr/fr/.
La Bistro de la Marine the celebrity chef, Jacque Maximin closed in 2007 his famous restaurant in Vence that used to attract the likes of Robert de Niro and Elizabeth Hurley, but thankfully for us he has opened this new casual bistrot with a focus on fresh fish and seafood and representing excellent value for money. 96 prom de la Plage, Cros de Cagnes. Tel: 04 93 26 43 46. Open Wed-Sun for Lunch & Dinner. www.bistrodelamarine.com
La Colombe d’Or what use to be a modest roadside café is now equally famous for its food and art and has been frequented by the stars since the 1950s. The food is full of flavour and the surroundings a delight with pictures by Picasso, Matisse and Leger. We guarantee you will enjoy a memorable lunch on the terrace overlooking the lovely Provençal countryside. Book well in advance. Plc du General de Gaulle, St. Paul de Vence. Tel: 04 93 32 80 02. www.la-colombe-dor.com.
A perennial favourite due to its beachside old town and only 15 minutes by train from Nice. Antibes was originally a Greek trading post known as ‘Antipolis’. You can also take Bus 200 from the centre of Nice to Antibes in 25 minutes, visit the bus network site for further details: www.lignesdazur.com. The Old Town is very attractive with a lovely atmosphere and regular markets held in the main square and used in the evenings for games of ‘Petanque’ by the locals. Close by are some nice sandy beaches. The Notre Dame Cathedral contains a wooden crucifix dating back to 1447. Antibes was famous for the production of flowers mainly carnations, tulips and roses produced in the surrounding countryside.
The Picasso Museum is well worth a visit; housed in what was the Grimaldi Palace by the sea. The Château Grimaldi became the Musée Picasso in 1966 with an excellent collection of paintings, drawings, and objects mainly from the 1940s when Picasso lived and worked in a studio in the castle. The collection includes famous pieces and those more obscure, but all display something of his wit, insight, and imagination, as one would expect from this iconic 20th century artist. You will also find works by de Stael, Ernst and Miró, as well as a pleasant terraced garden. Further South is the Archaeological Museum with Greek and Etruscan objects. A short walk West of Antibes is Cap d’Antibes with its lush gardens and beautiful villas. From the top is a wonderful view back along the coast towards Nice. We have some magnificent villas for rent in this area from which you can enjoy all that Juan les Pins, Cap d’Antibes and Antibes have to offer. Click here to view: Property Search.
Juan les Pins is the sister city to the French Quarter of New Orleans, which gives you some indication of the atmosphere of this lively, party spot, famous for its jazz since the 1960s. The Jazz a Juan festival held in July attracts quality artists from all over the globe and is set in a lovely spot amongst the pine trees and beside the sea. Picturesque, yet with casinos, nightclubs, long sandy beaches, and waterfront cafes – Juan les Pins makes for an interesting mix of old and new and always has something going on.
Described by F. Scott Fitzgerald as a “constant carnival”, not much has changed as this is still one of the most dynamic spots on the French Riviera with its bars, clubs, casinos and cabarets, some shops even stay open throughout the night in high season. So it is a good choice if you like to party or listen to the latest DJs. It is just two minutes by train from Antibes. Or you can take Bus 200 from the centre of Nice (60 minutes to Antibes and a little over an hour to Juan les Pins). Visit the bus network site for further details: www.lignesdazur.com.
Musée Picasso Picasso had a studio here in the 1940s, this collection focuses mainly on that period and his sculptural pieces. Château Grimaldi, Place Mariejol, Antibes. Open Tue-Sun: 10am-6pm Jun to Sept; 10am-12pm & 2pm-6pm Sep to Jun. Entry €6. www.antibes-juanlespins.com/les-musees/picasso
Musée d’Archéologie collection of Etruscan and Greek ruins found in the area. Bastion St. André, Antibes. Open Tue-Sun.
Coastal Walk from the Old Town of Antibes, continue West along the waterfront then follow the water around Cap d’Antibes. In the centre is a high point with fabulous views back across the bay to the Alps behind.
Marineland a marine leisure park great fun for the kids. It has a children’s farm, a butterfly park, aquarium, seals, dolphins, polar bears, killer whales and more. 306 ave Mozart, Antibes. Open Daily. Visit their website for the latest ticket deals. www.marineland.fr.
Shopping the old town of Antibes has some pleasant boutiques for browsing whilst in Juan les Pins blvd President Wilson and ave Louis Gallet and the streets perpendicular to these are the best spots.
Les Pêcheurs set in a little piece of paradise right by the water’s edge. South of France flavours like grilled fresh fish served with Provençal herbs. 10 blvd du Marechal Juin, Juan les Pins. Tel: 04 92 93 13 30. Open Daily for Dinner only. www.lespecheurs-lecap.com.
Eden Roc is the restaurant of the hotel with the same name, a hotel that is legendary for both its beautiful situation and the glitterati that are attracted to it, such as de Gaulle, the Windsors, J.F. Kennedy, Picasso, Hemmingway, Marlene Dietrich, Valentino . . . . It was the hotel mentioned in the book by F. Scott Fitzgerald ‘Tender is the Night’ (referred to as Hotel des Etrangers in the classic). The setting is quite magical – 10 hectares of some of the most prime real estate anywhere. For all that the South of France food is excellent. Hotel du Cap Eden Roc, Blvd J.F. Kennedy, Cap d’Antibes. Tel: 04 93 61 39 01. www.hotel-du-cap-eden-roc.com.
La Terrasse sits beside beautiful gardens with views of the sea; the roof opens up to reveal the stars. Hotel Juana, 19 ave Gallice, Juan les Pins. Tel: 04 50 09 90 66. Open Wed-Mon. www.laterrasse-restaurant.com.
La Festival de la Mer modern interior with pleasant terrace serving up a wide selection of fresh fish and seafood. 146 blvd President Wilson, Juan les Pins. Tel: 04 93 61 04 62. Open Daily for Lunch & Dinner.www.restaurant-festivaldelamer.com.
La Forge romantic interior with its stone vaulted ceiling; serving fine food at excellent prices. English speaking owners. 10 rue Aubernon, Antibes. Tel: 04 93 67 17 16. Open Daily for Lunch & Dinner. www.laforge-antibes.com.
Les Vieux Murs built into the ramparts of the Old Town, the vaulted stone interior has a glass front providing sea views. This charming and authentic restaurant serves impeccable food (with an emphasise on fish) at excellent prices. 25 prom Amiral de Grasse, Antibes. Tel: 04 93 34 06 73. Open Tue-Sun www.lesvieuxmurs.com.
Le Figuier de Saint Esprit situated in the old town near the Picasso museum is this lovely restaurant. Traditional dishes beautifully served. Both the courtyard and interior are a real delight. 14 rue St. Esprit, Antibes. Tel: 04 93 34 50 12. Open Wed-Mon for Lunch & Dinner. www.restaurant-figuier-saint-esprit.com.
Le Pam Pam with a Moulin Rouge atmosphere this is a good spot for listening to international, music and watching dance shows whilst sipping a Mojito.
137 blvd President Wilson, Juan les Pins. Visit their website for the latest program of events: www.pampam.fr.
Le Village for nonstop dancing and international DJs head to ‘Le Village’. 1 blvd de la Pinede, Juan les Pins.
Les Sens excellent wine by the glass served with homemade hors d’oeuvres, in a tiny modern bar. Seating for only 10 – 12 so get there early. 10 rue Sade, Antibes.
The British Lord Chancellor, Lord Brougham was responsible for initially putting Cannes on the map, when back in 1834 it was a simple little fishing village. He was on his way to Nice and stopped here, fell in love with the climate and built a villa. He managed to convince King Louis Philippe to contribute two million francs towards the construction of the harbour wall. This encouraged the first wave of English aristocracy and helped make Cannes what it is today – a resort for the rich and famous.
At the Western end is a charming little square which hosts a flower market in the morning and games of ‘Petanque’ in the afternoon. Further inland rue Meynadier leads to the Marché Forville where you can buy a host of different fresh produce. This is where you can also find ‘Le Suquet’ or the old town of Cannes, which features at the top the castle erected by the monks of Lérins in the 11th and 12th centuries. Home to the most famous film festival in the world – where all the stars, their entourage and fans descend in May; yet only 30 minutes by train from your holiday rental apartment in Nice. Click here to view our selection.
Walk along the famous palm tree lined boulevard de la Croisette that borders the Bay of Cannes and see the Carlton Hotel featured in the wonderful film with Cary Grant and Grace Kelly – ‘To Catch a Thief’. Along the Croisette are luxury hotels, restaurants and shops and also fine views of the Esterel hills beyond the bay. Sunlight Properties is fortunate to have a selection of luxurious apartments and villas in Cannes and the surrounding hills for you to rent for your next holiday in the South of France, click here to view.
Just five minutes from Cannes is Vallauris, where Picasso made his home for a while and is a pilgrimage spot for Picasso lovers. There is an enormous collection of his pottery that the town itself is also famous for; as well as the Musée de la Ceramique Moderne dedicated to local contemporary ceramics and pre-Columbian. The Musée Magnelli has a collection by this important pioneer in abstract art. Vallauris is a pleasant place to wander around; the place du Marché was the spot chosen by Rita Hayworth and the Aga Khan to marry. This is where can also be found Picasso’s famous stature ‘Man and Sheep’. The town had wanted to move this stature to a museum however Picasso insisted that it stay put in the square “where the children could climb over it and the dogs water it unhindered”.
A short boat ride from Cannes, can be found the magical islands known as the Iles de Lerins. The two islands are separated by a narrow strait and were once the most powerful religious centre in France. One of the islands, St. Honorat, is named after a Gallo-Roman saint who founded a monastery here in the 4th century. The second island Ste. Marguerite, was named after his sister who following in her brother’s footsteps set up a nunnery. Its fort is famous for being the prison that held the ‘Man in the Iron Mask’, who spent 11 years incarcerated here in the 17th century. The eucalyptus and pine scented islands couldn’t be more contrasting from the glitz and glamour of Cannes.
Further along the coast is the Château de la Napoule in Mandelieu la Napoule set on Pointe des Pendus (Hanged Man's Point), the Château de la Napoule is a fascinating mix of Gothic, Moroccan, Romanesque, as well as the bizarre elements added by its eccentric owner – the American sculptor Henry Clews. Clews, along with his wife turned this 14th century castle into the reality of their fantastic imaginations. The couple died in the 1930s and are entombed in the tower crypt. The windows were deliberately left open to allow their souls to escape and to then "return at eventide as sprites and dance upon the windowsill."
You can take Bus 200 from the centre of Nice to Cannes in about 1 ½ hours, visit the bus network site for further details: www.lignesdazur.com.
Château de la Napoule fascinating architecture created by an eccentric artist and his wife. Ave Henry Clews, Mandelieu La Napoule. Open Daily Feb-Oct: 10am-6pm; Nov-Jan: Mon-Fri 2pm-5pm; Nov-Jan: Sat-Sun 10am-5pm (Guided visits available at set times). Entry €6, gardens only €3.50. www.chateau-lanapoule.com
Musée de la Castre 11th century castle that now contains an archeological and ethnographical museum. The Tour de la Castre is worth the climb for the lovely views at the top. Château de la Castre, Le Suquet, Cannes. Open Wed-Mon.
Palais des Festivals et des Congrès not the most attractive of buildings, but this is the site of the Cannes Film festival and the red carpet that hosts all the celebrities. 1 blvd de la Croisette, Cannes.
Iles de Lérins these charming islands can be reached by boat from Cannes in only 15 minutes. Ferries depart from the Gare Maritime for St. Marguerite and from the Planaria for St. Honorat. St. Marguerite museum is open Tue-Sun and the monastery daily. www.abbayedelerins.com
Musée Magnelli & Musée de la Ceramique Moderne two museums in one; the second a collection showcasing local contemporary ceramics as well as pre-Columbian. The first devoted to the works of the pioneer Italian abstract painter Alberto Magnelli. Plc de la Liberation, Vallauris. Open Wed-Mon: 10am-7pm in Summer and 10am-12pm & 2pm-6pm the rest of the year. Entry €4
Musée National Picasso Picasso helped to revive the local ceramics industry, this museum has a collection of several of the artists ceramics, sculptures, and paintings. Plc de la Liberation, Vallauris. Open Wed-Mon: 10am-12.15pm & 2pm-5pm. Entry €3.25. www.musees-nationaux-alpesmaritimes.fr/picasso.
Shopping the best shopping streets in Cannes are along la Croisette and rue d’Antibes. In Vallauris ave Georges Clemenceau has a number of galleries and boutiques selling works by local artisans.
L’Oasis a pair of chef brothers run this fine establishment with its luxuriant courtyard. Regional focus but with an inventive touch. Rue Jean Honore Carle, Mandelieu La Napoule. Tel: 04 93 49 95 52. www.oasis-raimbault.com.
La Palme d’Or a celebrity restaurant which always attracts the stars. Set in a beautiful Art Deco dining room with views along the famous Cannes waterfront. Modern cuisine that is certain to be a great dining experience. 73 blvd de la Croisette, Cannes. Tel: 04 92 98 74 14. Open Tue-Sat for Lunch & Dinner. www.concorde-hotels.com/martinez
Le Park 45 Modern cuisine set in a minimalist environment, however the dishes are anything but minimalist with amazing flavours created from the best ingredients. 45 blvd de la Croisette, Cannes. Tel: 04 93 38 15 45. Open for Lunch & Dinner. www.grand-hotel-cannes.com
Villa Archange a picturesque 18th century building is the site of this amazing restaurant where the dishes are beautiful in terms of both presentation and taste. The interior and the courtyard are the epitome of simple elegance. The focus is on regional cuisine served with a modern twist. 15 rue Notre Dame des Anges, Le Cannet. Tel: 04 92 18 18 28. Open Tue-Sat. www.bruno-oger.com.
L’Amiral one of the places to see and be seen. Award winning barmen whip up their latest cocktail creations. Often closed for private VIP functions. Hotel Martinez, 73 blvd la Croisette, Cannes. Open 9am until Late Daily. www.hotel-martinez.com.
Le Petit Bar the Carlton Hotel is the iconic building in Cannes: Belle Êpoque glamour, soaring ornate ceilings, superb view over ‘la Croisette’. Great for people watching and excellent cocktails. The Carlton Hotel, 58 blvd la Croisette, Cannes. www.intercontinental.com.
Le Bâoli the spot if you are a millionaire, model or actor; or want to be one. Ultra stylish contemporary bar. Asian themed interior with a veranda facing out onto the palm trees in the garden. VIP room on hand, try your luck at gaining access. Port Pierre Canto, blvd la Croisette, Cannes. www.baoli-group.com
A charming old town with some excellent museums, but what Grasse is famous the world over for, is perfume and the flowers that are produced here to make it. You can visit Molinard, Fragonard and Galimard – perfume houses with a long and inimitable reputation. You can see and smell the fields of flowers as well as the place of alchemy where nature is turned into wonderful scents. Learn how perfume is made, you can also make your own fragrances and all products are sold at factory prices. You can create your own fragrances in the garden of your very own rental holiday villa situated in the countryside of Grasse, click here to view our beautiful properties.
Grasse was once a famous resort attracting the likes of Queen Victoria and Napoléon’s promiscuous sister, Princess Borghese. You can get to Grasse by train in only 1 hour from your Sunlight Properties holiday rental apartment in Nice. You can also take Bus 500 to Grasse in 1 ½ hours from the centre of Nice, visit the bus network site for further details: www.lignesdazur.com.
Only 8km north of Cannes, the once fortified town of Mougins is over 1000 years old, but has probably never been so popular as a place to enjoy the good life as in recent years - a charming hilltop village filled with galleries, art studios, cafes, excellent restaurants and surrounded by forests and parks. Picasso who could afford to live anywhere in the world elected to live in a beautiful property nearby this picturesque town, which is renown for its excellent cuisine. Other famous residents have included Fernand Léger, Isadora Duncan and Christian Dior.
It is the quintessential French village: stone houses lovingly preserved, wooden shutters, flower baskets, fountains, cobbled streets . . The chapel is worth a visit. In summer the colours and smells are truly magical. You can also take Bus 600, which operates between Cannes (the stop is at the main terminal beside the train station) and Grasse stopping at Mougins along the way. It takes about 20 minutes. The bus doesn’t go directly to the old town of Mougins, but stops just outside so there is a 10 minute walk up the hill. Visit the bus network site for further details: www.lignesdazur.com.
Biot was a Gallo-Roman settlement and has an interesting war torn history. This medieval village set slightly inland on a high point in the landscape was once home to the Knights Templar, with some of their fortifications remaining today, one being the Porte des Migraniers. The church is worth a visit for its 16th century paintings. The town is famous for glass blowing as well as pottery. Local sands supply the raw materials for the distinctive Biot glass, which is robust with little air bubbles.
At La Verrerie de Biot you can view the craftsman manufacturing glass in the same fashion they have been doing for centuries. The Museum of Fernand Leger is found here and has the greatest collection of artworks by this important artist. Most of the collection was gifted to the state by his wife. There are also some excellent Michelin star restaurants, a Bonsai museum, and pleasant walks in the nearby countryside. Biot is about 1 hour from Nice on Bus 200 (for Cannes). It stops at the Biot train station, you can then take a local bus the 5 minutes to the centre of the town.
Musée du Bonsaiin the setting of a gorgeous 2,000 M² Japanese garden, discover an exceptional collection of Bonsai from all over the world that have been loved and nurtured by two generations of the same family. It also contains the largest (seems an oxymoron we know) Bonsai forest in Europe. Musée du Bonsai. 299 Chemin du Val de Pome, Biot. Open Wed-Mon: 10am-12pm & 2pm-6pm. Entry €4. www.museedubonsai.free.fr
La Verrerie de Biot the largest of the glass blowing factories. You can watch the famous glass being made in the traditional method. There is also the Galerie International du Verre where the final product is displayed and available for sale. 5 chemin des Combes, Biot. Open Daily. Free Entry. www.verreriebiot.com
Musée Fernand Léger the museum was constructed on land purchased by the artist just before his death in 1955, and has an excellent collection of his cubist style works. Chemin du Val de Pome, Biot. Open Wed-Mon: 10am-12.30pm & 2pm-5pm/6pm. Entry €4. www.musees-nationaix-alpesmaritimes.fr/fleger.
Fondation Escoffier probably the most famous name in cooking. It was Auguste Escoffier who invented such famous dishes as the ‘Bombe Néro’ and ‘Pêche Melba’. He was head chef at the Grand Hotel in Monte Carlo before moving onto the Savoy hotel in London persuaded by its owner Mr. Ritz. This institute is dedicated to his famous cuisine and has over 1800 menus that he created. 3 rue Escoffier, Villeneuve Loubet. Open Tue-Sun.
Musée International de la Perfumerie here you will discover everything you need to know (and more) about the creation of perfume; like it takes 10,000 petals to produce 1 kilogram of jasmine petals and 1 ton are required to create 1 gram of fragrance. 2 blvd du Jeu de Ballon, Grasse. Open Wed-Mon (Daily Jun to Sep). Entry €4.
Perfumerie Fragonard one of the most well known perfumeries, it’s named after the 18th century French painter. An English speaking guide will give you a tour of the factory explaining how the perfume is extracted. 20 blvd Fragonard, Grasse. Open Daily. Entry Free. www.fragonard.com.
Musée de la Photographie this collection includes works by Villers, Lartigue and Doisneau. Porte Sarraine, Mougins. Open Wed-Sun (Daily Jul to Sep).
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Musée de l’Automobiliste 5 kilometres South of Mougins can be found this amazing classic car collection. Founded by Adrien Maeght in 1984, this ultra contemporary pavilion houses one of Europe’s finest collections of classic cars. Aire des Breguieres, Autoroute A8, Mougins. Open Daily. Entry €7.
Shopping glass and pottery are the things to buy in Biot. The bubble flecked glass is famous in this region. The main shopping street is rue St. Sebastien and also the pedestrian streets in the Old Town (rue des Tines and place des Arcades). Most of the glassworks are located on the Southern side of town near route de la Mer. Galerie Jean Claude Novaro (plc des Arcades) is known as the “Picasso of glass artists”. La Poterie Provençal (1689 rte de la Mer, adjacent to the Léger Museum) specialises in the tall amphora pots called ‘jarres’. In Grasse of course the thing to buy is perfume at Fragonard (details above) and Molinard (60 blvd Victor Hugo, Grasse) you can buy perfumes at factory prices.
La Bastide St. Antoine elegant and refined with a stunning terrace, delicious Provençal food is served here by Jacques Chibois using mainly organic produce – and that’s why we love this place. 48 ave Henri Dunant, Grasse. Tel: 04 93 70 94 94. www.jacques-chibois.com.
Le Candille elegant restaurant with lovely views over the Provençal countryside. Here the chef serves beautiful, subtle dishes from the best ingredients. Blvd Clement Rebuffel, Mougins. Tel: 04 92 28 43 43. Open Tue-Sun for Lunch & Dinner. www.lemascandille.com.
Au Fil du Temps overlooking the pretty countryside of Grasse is this excellent restaurant serving simple food at great prices. The food is full of flavour and menus are based on the best seasonal produce. 83 ave Auguste Renoir, Magagnosc. Tel: 04 93 36 20 64. Open Mon-Tue & Thu-Sat for Lunch & Dinner. www.restaurantaufildutemps.com.
Le Moulin de Mougins a favourite spot with celebrities, this famous restaurant is one of the top dining establishments in France. The specialities are zucchini flowers stuffed with truffles and mushrooms; fricassée of lobster with a sweet wine cream sauce and sweet peppers – it will not disappoint. Notre Dame de Vie, Mougins. Tel: 04 93 75 78 24. Open Wed-Mon. www.moulindemougins.com.
Auberge du Jarrier excellent value restaurant very popular in summer due to its pleasant terrace. The food is wonderful with a wide range of seafood and local goats cheese dishes. 30 pass de la Bourgade, Biot. Tel: 04 93 65 1 68. Open Wed-Sun.