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Côte d'Azur Holiday Cottages

Wherever you choose to stay on the Cote d’Azur, from the beautiful coastline of Monaco to the small hamlets of Grasse and Moulin and the rolling green hills and panoramic views of Mandelieu-la-Napoule together with the romantic and picturesque village of Eze , you will find an abundance of self catering holiday cottages to suit all needs and styles.

 

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Whether you are visiting for a few days or a couple of weeks, for pleasure or business, there is something for everyone, and you can make it as relaxing or as action packed as you want!   From stunning coastal accommodation to villages purchased on rocks , there is no end to the choices of holiday accommodation in this part of France. No matter how many times you visit, there are always new discoveries to be made.

NICE CARNIVAL

The historic Nice Carnival attracts over one million visitors each year. With a budget of millions of Euros, it is a huge tourist and local event.   The whole of the Promenade des Anglais is festooned with bunting and flowers where you can see trapeze artists, clowns and huge elaborate floats, all centered around the King of the Sea.   On the last day there is always the "Bataille des Fleurs", a huge parade of flowers and the ceremonial burning of the Carnival King.    The beautiful smells of the mimosa flower are experienced every day as the flowers are sold in all the streets. The Carnival concludes with a huge 30 minute long fireworks display which can be seen all along the Cote d’Azur. Watch all from your balcony of your Cote d’Azure apartment and enjoy the lack

MONACO GRAND PRIX

This yearly event is the jewel of the Formula One crown.   If you are staying in one of our holiday apartments in Monaco, Nice or Cannes in late May, then the chances are you are heading off to the Monaco Grand Prix whilst you are here.  The Race is held every year in late May, with the Formula 1 racing heroes zoom through the winding narrow streets of Monte Carlo. There is little room for error which adds to the excitement of watching the Race.

For more information on acquiring tickets please visit the website of the Automobil Club de Monaco. Just to experience the wonderful atmosphere on Sunday’s main event, why not book yourself into a restaurant for lunch which has a terrace overlooking the race track.

CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

To people watch, head to the Cannes Film Festival from which is in the middle of May. The main hub of the action is the Palais des Festivals, a giant building where the entrance is set off by the famous red carpet, photographers flash bulbs and is known as the most prestigious film festival in the world. We have a selection of rental apartments in the very heart of this area, if you want to be part of the action. If you prefer to base yourselves in Nice, then transport links are excellent and you can be transported to Cannes in half an hour.

ANNUAL EVENTS

Mimosa Festival of Mandelieu-La Napoule.  Held in the middle weeks of February. The gloriously yellow, sweet smelling momosa flowers mark the beginning of Spring.   The village celebrates the election of the Mimosa Queen to reign over the fantastic parade of floats amid singing and dancing, craft fairs and children’s activities.

Lemon Festival of Menton (Fête du Citron à Menton).   The annual festival is over 70 years old. Menton produces sweet lemons and is extremely proud of its reputation. Artists and craftsmen bind the fruits together to create impressive fanciful sculptures and floats that parade the streets or sit serenely in the Bioves Gardens. There are also craft fairs, food markets, and arranged visits to orchards and jam factories..

Tennis Masters Monte Carlo.  The Masters Series Monte Carlo tennis tournament takes place in April each year with all international tennis stars gathering in this glitzy city.

Cannes International Boat & Yacht Show (Festival International de la Plaisance). Every September, visitors descend on the glamorous Port de Cannes for the Cannes Internantional Boat and Yacht Show tp gaze in awe at the latest models of all shapes and sizes of boats and yachts from the nautical world.

Jazz Festival. The Jazz Festival begins in Nice in the middle of July and then moves on to Antibes just further along the coast for the remaining weeks of July. They are days magical with jazz with events at every corner. Not to be missed, even if your love for Jazz is minimal - it's a great family fun event.

Opera at the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, St Jean Cap Ferratt. In August the Opera hosts is annual event. It is a spectacular setting for a night to remember whilst on holiday. English surtitles are provided during the concert.

Nice is where most of our guests want to book their holiday rental apartment with us. Its easy to see why: the metropolis of the Riviera, Nice has everything. Provocative and challenging, the rich merge with the modest, and an intoxicating atmosphere ensues. Admire the outstanding architecture with colourful facades. Stroll, skate or cycle down the famous Promenade des Anglais. Wander through the colourful Cours Saleya morning market with its beautiful blooms and fresh produce. Soak up the sun on the long stretch of private or public beaches listening to the sounds of the waves on the shore. Take a culture tour of the famous museums, discover the ancient Roman ruins and Russian cathedral, catch a show at the opera or theatre. Admire the panoramic view from the famous chateau hilltop. Or relax in Place Massena with its chequered tiles, gardens, and impressive fountains.

Visit the Port, the Citadelle, and the Old Town of Villefranche-sur-Mer. A medieval shipping village earns its reputation as one of the most beautiful places in the world. Nestled between Cannes, Nice and Monte Carlo, Villefranche is easily accessible and a great base to explore. A pied is the best way to travel through its cobbled labyrinth of lanes and stairways often obscured by lush bougainvillea.Watch the old women mending fishing nets at the yacht harbour, wander through the market at the Amelie Porlannais square, take a step back in time by the mysterious Rue Obscure, admire the jaw-dropping villas of the fortunate few at St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and enjoy the lively bars, gourmet restaurants and terrace cafes stretching around the border of the bay. With quintessential charm, staggering views, and perhaps the best sandy beach on the Riviera, this is a wonderful place for a relaxing holiday.

Six miles from Nice is the exceptional beauty spot of St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Popular with international millionaires and celebrities as well as tourists, the biggest draw to Cap Ferrat is the beaches of Paloma, Passable, and Cro de Peï Pin. The lure of the beaches is closely followed by the incredible walking and hiking trails available, some 14 kilometers of them, which offer wonderful panoramic views all around you. Whilst walking you can gaze at the discreet villas – home to the super rich and famous – which are almost camouflaged by the lush and colourful vegetation including the summer scent of jasmine.

Protected from the north winds blowing down from the Alps, Beaulieu-sur-Mer is one of the warmest spots on the Riviera. The main attraction is the Villa Kerylos, the most beautiful building on the Riviera. Refinery personified, this extremely luxurious and faithful re-creation of an ancient Grecian dwelling is breathtaking. Everything inside, from the arrangement of rooms to the stylistic details of the décor, is designed to take you back to Ancient Greece as experienced by extremely wealthy Athenians. The gardens, brimming with Grecian plants and trees are also spectacular and a wonderful space to admire the awesome panoramic views.

This elegant town, minutes by train from both Nice and Monaco, is blessed with lush vegetation, a cozy harbour, two small well-manicured beaches, a glamorous casino, and a12th-century Romanesque chapel of Santa Maria de Olivo.

Monaco famous for the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, the monumental Casino at Monte Carlo and Grace Kelly and the Prince’s Palace, Monaco has the all the glamour and glitz without the chintz.   The tourist area of Monte Carlo with its glut of luxury hotels, the Casino, the most respected restaurants in the world and the adrenaline – pumping nightlife can’t fail to excite. Also culturally rich, daytime activities can include the Japanese and Boulingrins gardens that can be found at the base of the harbour and a stroll around Port Hercule where the mega-yachts evoke admiration and envy in equal measures.

The Old Town of Le Rocher offers more than just the Palace. Wander the narrow streets and vist Cathedral, the chapels, and the museum. Do not miss the exceptional Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium – regarded as the best marine museum in the world.

Oranges and lemons are the mantra of Menton. Over a hundred tons of them descend into this genteel little town where sculptures made from the fruits are on display for the historic Fete de Citron each February. Menton enjoys a very favourable sunny micro-climate, protected from the surrounding mountains. This makes it a popular all year round holiday destination. It is within jogging distance of either France or Italy. Wander the old streets of Rue St Michel and Rue Pieta. Admire the beautifully restored buildings around the Place Ardoino and Hotel de Ville.

Eze is located between Nice and Monaco and is one of the most romantic and picturesque villages on the Cote d’Azur. Perched on top of a huge rock, the village is 1,400 feet above sea level. Stroll the The Port, the Citadelle, the Old Town The Port, the Citadelle, the Old Town tiny winding streets, which are almost stairways, to the very top passing boutiques, craft shops, and a sprinkling of restaurants as you go. Breathe in the soft, air, sun and subtle perfumes of the flowers, the tall cypresses and olive trees growing unbidden from the pathways. Pass through the ruins of a 14th century castle on your way to a thoughtfully planted and tropical cactus garden with life themed sculptures. As a special treat dine at the Golden Goat, or just pop in for a drink. The nucleus of this tiny village, the Golden Goat is a landmark in its own right and is a unique hotel and gastronomique restaurant worthy of its two Michelin stars.

Cannes has been a famou resort since young Brigitte posed on Cannes’ sandy beach in 1953. All year round guests in our rental apartments in Cannes will enjoy luxury shopping boutiques, chic restaurants, sandy beaches and spectacular views of the Esterel mountains from the shore. Stroll down the Croisette in the evenings admiring the fantastic yachts in the harbor.   To dine in your rented apartment, shop at the Marche aux Fleurs and after your divine evening meal visit either the Palm Beach Casino or the Casino Croisette to celebrate your visit to Cannes. You must visit the medieval town of Le Suquet. Meander down the narrow streets and admire the views. -

No holiday in Cannes would be complete without a boat trip to the two Lerin Islands. Over on the small island of Saint HonoratÌs the only inhabitants are Cistercian monks who sell homemade wine, honey, and lavender oil to tourists. The larger island, Holy-Marguerite, is most famous for confining to its shores the Man in the Iron Mask.

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Just five minutes from Cannes, this little area holds the treasures of Picasso. Visit his Homme et Mouton, the Chateau de Vallauris and the Musée Picasso La guerre et La Paix. Landlocked Vallauris is famous for its fine clay and pottery. Visit the local market and the old stone perfume distillery that now serves as an exhibition centre for local painters and sculptors. Meander down the lovely Avenue Clemenceau with its huge red pots. The sister community of Golfe-Juan boasts excellent public beaches and private beaches lined with palm trees. Home to Tetou, one of the Riviera's most famous restaurants and enjoy a bowl of its famous bouillabaisse that has been served for some 70 years.

The small French hamlet of Grasse nestles in the foothills of the Alps. The perfume centre of the world since the 16th century, almost all your favourite scents start their life here. Visit Fragonard, Molinard, and Galimard, the perfumeries still operating today. As well as tours through their laboratories, they also provide tours through their flower fields.

The old town is a captivating warren of narrow shaded streets, the central hub being the Place aux Aires, with its flower and local food market, fountain and an arcade of shops. Here you can also visit the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire de Provence and the Musée Provencal du Costume et du Bijou.

Mougins is an idyllic Provencal hilltop village surrounded by the Valmasque forestand is a horticultural paradise. Over half of Mougin is occupied by parks, gardens and forests. The other half with ancient alleys, winding streets, bijou shops, beautifully restored stone houses, hanging baskets, floral displays, fountains and statutes. Mougins is also famous great food and there are more than 50 restaurants, including the crème de la crème Moulin de Mougins. There are masses of art galleries and studios to visit..

For those who enjoy a stroll in beautiful surroundings, Mandelieu-la-Napoule is exceptional. Experience the rolling green hills of the lush forests and fantastic views of the Tanneron and Esterel massif. Between the Var and the Alpes Maritimes, this is an unspoiled and beautiful natural oasis boasting 23 kilometers of hiking paths. Take the opportunity to ride a horse or bike on these paths. Mandelieu is also the Riviera’s finest golfing resort.   If golf isn’t your forte, there is a large harbour by the old Castle to admire the boats or swim with the dolphins and look at other marine mammals in the water of nearby Pelagos Sanctuary.

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