The apartment at Les Terrasses, on the foothills of the breathtaking L’Esterel mountains, overlooking the bay of Miramar, makes a fantastic base to explore and see the beauty of the Cote d’azur, the French Alps (just 90 minutes away) and the perfumed gardens of Provence. Mix this with days just relaxing by the pool or sunbathing on the private terrace whilst having a barbecue.
The beaches and restaurants of Theoule Sur Mer are just a 5-minute drive along the spectacular coastal road.
Cannes is just across the bay and only 15 minutes away, and the cities of Nice and Monaco just a little further.
Travelling west along the winding coast road, made famous in many a film, you will soon be in St Raphael, then Frejus and St Maxime and a little further the trendy fishing village and home of the stars, St Tropez.
In Miramar bay itself there are facilities for sailing, scuba diving, water skiing and windsurfing as well as its many restaurants and bars. A couple of hundred yards from the apartment up the hill and looking across the bay to Cannes is Pierre Cardin’s amazingly surreal home. You may have seen it as you drove along the coastal road.
Pop up and have a look. It has its own open-air amphitheatre and cat walk.
During July and August when the local Theoule festival takes place, you can go to live; jazz or rock concert evenings here in his grounds.
If you like walking and hiking, then right behind the apartment is a network of mountain trails, through the Esterel Mountains. The surrounding area offers outdoor enthusiasts the best in walking, hiking, horse riding and mountain bike riding. A map of these trails can be got from the tourist office in Theoule.
http://www.theoule-sur-mer.org/ - theoule tourist board
A car is well worth hiring to explore this wonderfully unspoilt area. (Europcar at Nice Airport are very reasonable, book online at ebookers.com ) http://www.ebookers.com/ - ebookers
It also enables you to sample Provencal cuisine in the many and varied restaurants.
Try a trip to France’s own Grand canyon the spectacular Grand Canyon du Verdon with its huge lake.
The French alps are just a 90 minute drive away
Take a short drive up to the mountain town of Grasse, and the unspoilt hilltop villages of St Paul de Vence, Mougins, Lac de St Cassien, Montauroux, Callian and Tourettes (if you fancy a good shout).
Also Fayence, famous for its terracotta (which “it’s nice to be back on”).
The Cote D’azur or French Riviera is a region full of interest with its old inland villages and numerous coastal towns including the famous ones; Monte Carlo, Nice, Antibes, Cannes, Port Grimaud, Theoule sur le mer and St Tropez.
Grasse, as mentioned earlier (the perfume capital of the world) famous for the production of perfumes, is only a little way inland and provides an amazing spectacle when all the lavender fields are in bloom.
The wonderfully temperate climate with over 300 days of sunshine per year means that it is an ideal location throughout the year for sunseekers, with trees and flowers continuously in bloom.
Hypermarket GEANT at Mandelieu is 8 Kms away, well worth a stop on the way from the airport to stock up, see maps.
Then of course there is Cannes!
The Tourist office (which has an internet café) is in Theoule. There is always something going on between May and September so pop in and find out.
Doctors and dentists are also in Theoule.
There are a couple of smaller supermarkets in Theoule.
A great boulangerie in the square.
Cash point and post office also in Theoule.
Banks are in Mandelieu 9 Kms away.
A massive gypsy market along the seafront in St Raphael on Sundays and a small one in Miramar on Sunday mornings.
There is a station at Theoule. Telephone: 08 92 35 35 35
http://www.sncf.fr/ - trains
Why not take the coastal train, one day, and visit St Tropez or Monaco or even further into Italy and Monte Carlo
Taxi Marcel : 06 11 83 86 52
Taxi Olivier : 06 09 58 58 58
The Southern Alps resorts of Auron and Isola are only a leisurely 90 minutes drive away
Special interest and pseuds corner
The Picasso museum is 20 Kms away.
Art lovers, Brian Sewell and anyone with a passing interest will appreciate Nice's museums. The MusÃ©e Matisse (Matisse Museum) houses a comprehensive collection belonging to Henri Matisse, who wintered in Nice until his death in 1954. The collection spans all of his creative life, and includes famous works like the Blue Nude IV and Woman with Amphora. The museum is housed on the grounds of a spectacular villa surrounded by olive trees, making it a great place for a leisurely stroll after you visit the museum. The MusÃ©e National Message Biblique Marc-Chagall (Marc Chagall Museum) houses a collection by noted Russian born artist Marc Chagall. The highlight of the collection is the Biblical Message Cycle, a collection of 17 enormous canvases inspired by the Old Testament. The museum, located in a Mediterranean garden, is a visual feast and offers a wonderful natural setting in addition to Chagall's wealth of art works.
Don’t forget to tune into Riviera Radio 106.5 fm, English speaking station with news and good music.
Golfers may want to tee it up at the oldest course on the Riviera, the Golf Bastide du Roi.
Opera buffs will want to plan a trip when OpÃ©ra de Nice is offering one of its lavish productions.
On second thoughts why not just hang out by the pool and get pissed!