At La Parare, you are allowed to do nothing!
But once you start to feel a bit rested, here are a few ideas:
For a perfect day by the sea – lunch at La Pinede in Cap d’Ail followed by a nap on the rocks. A bit different: Escape the heat of the coast and go to the beautiful area along the river and have a little swim in one of the fresh water pools.
Some of the museums: Chagall
, Musee Matisse
, and Museum of Modern Art
in Nice, Villa Kerylos
in Beaulieu sur
Mer,Oceanographic museum in Monaco
(45 min), Fondation maeght
in Saint Paul (45 min),
Musee Picasso in Antibes
(45 min) and it goes on....
Some of the gardens: Villa Rothcschild in St Jean Cap Ferrat, Hanbury garden in Ventimigila, Serre de la Madone in Menton.
(see the Food and drink page
The market in Nice is worth a visit, even if you are not shopping. Every day until lunch except
Mondays when there is an antique market the whole day.
Eze offers breathtaking views, and the fragrance houses of Galimard and Fragonard have shops there so if you are not going to Grasse it is still possible to pick up some nice gift items. At the Verrerie in Biot (glass makers) , you find some beautiful pieces with their trade mark bubbles in the glass and they will pack it to be able to bring home even in a suitcase.
The wines of Provence have made a remarkable progress over the last 10 years or so. In the wine stores there is a wide selection, but we also recommend a visit to the Var to some of the wine yards there. Take a tour to Les Arc, Draguignan, Cotignac, Tourtour and La Maison de Vin next to Vidauban is an excellent address.
St Tropez is only a bit more than 1h away, though during the summer we recommend that you take the Boat to St Tropez , either from Nice which makes up for a wonderful day out or from St Maxim or St Raphael.
Golf Mont Agel , Monaco is the closest and is a spectacular course and then there are at least 13 courses within driving distance (1,5h).
Stephane from Chateauneuf can take you on a tour in his 25ft sailing boat based in St Laurent du Var. The boat takes max 4 people, and you can bring your picnic.
Finally, just to mention a few of the other options available in the area: Biking, canyoning, hiking,
climbing, horseback riding, tennis, Via Ferrata
– and a lot more.
Directly from the house you can get to the ruins of Chateauneuf Villeivielle – a beautiful hiking area. Get your picnic in the little store in the village, go for a leisurely walk or brisk hike and enjoy the views over the sea and mountain.
You can visit festivals and events such as the Carneval in Nice , the Lemon festival in Menton , The Jazz festival Juan les Pins and Jazz festival in Nice .
Some major sports events are taking place in the region during the year: Tennis Masters Monaco and F1 Grans Prix Monaco in Monaco as well as the Classic Car Grand Prix . Nice Triathlon in June and Marathon in November.