1 – Nothing
My favourite. Relax by the pool with a book from our large library. Get stocked up on food, wine and other provisions for the BBQ and chill.
2 – Lorgues Market
Lorgues Market is on Tuesday mornings early till 13:00, indulge in food lust at one of the biggest markets in the Var. Provençal markets abound with tantalising colours and smells. Sun-kissed fruits – melons, peaches and apricots, colourful vegetables, tasty tomatoes, aubergines and courgettes, – all indispensable to Provençal cuisine.
The markets usually consist of local farmers and other vendors who sell their products and many of these vendors travel from market to market, so you may see the same vendor at one market on Monday, and then at another in a different town on Tuesday. There will be a selection of fish and meats from local butchers, fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers, as well as other specialities such as bread, cheese, olives, spices and wine. You will find things that are specific to our region and that you won’t find in the supermarket. Many of the markets in Provence are so much more than just a food market. Some also sell everyday items such as table linens, shoes, clothes, flowers, and books. Other markets offer very specific goods such as antiques or artwork.
3 – Go to the Beach
If you like a classic sandy beach then go to La Nartelle near Sainte Maxime. This is the beach that holidays are made of : enjoying the carefree suspension of time.
If you like snorkelling then the rocks off the coastal path near Saint Aygulf are a great place (there’s another sandy beach a short walk away for those members of your family who want that). Or go to La Madrague or best of all but a bit further away the “sentiers sous marin” at Theoule sur Mer,
4- Visit some of the local villages
Lorgues ( a 15-20 minute walk), Flayosc, Entrecasteaux, Tourtour, Villecroze, Salernes are charming and friendly medieval villages with many cafes, shops, bars and restaurants, and vibrant weekly street markets. Other local attractions include the Abbaye du Thoronet, the waterfall at Sillans de Cascade, and the village of Chateaudouble set in stunning mountain scenery.
5 – St Maxime and St Tropez
Park your car in the free carpark in St Maxime and get the ferry to St Tropez. Do not on any account attempt to drive and park in St Tropez! 1 there will be no parking, 2 there will be traffic jams and 3 you need to arrive in St Tropez by boat. You can leave family members who wish to just chill at the St Maxime town beach, or you could leave teenagers in Aqualand.
6 – Gorges du Verdon
The Gorges Du Verdon , is one of Europe’s most spectacular river canyons. It is about 25 kilometres long and up to 700 meters deep. It was formed by the Verdon River, named after its startling turquoise-green colour. The most impressive part lies between the towns of Castellane and Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, where the river has cut a ravine to a depth of 700 metres through the limestone mass. At the end of the canyon, the Verdon River flows into Lac de Sainte-Croix.
You can drive around its rim, rent kayaks to travel on the river, or hike.
7 – Drive the ‘Corniche D’or’
The Corniche d’Or, or Corniche de l’Estérel, was inaugurated in 1903 by the of the Touring Club of France. This magnificent road goes between Saint-Raphaël to Theoule Sur Mer. It zigzags between red-ochre rocks of the Estérel massif and pristine blue sea making it one of the most scenic tourist roads along the French Riviera.
8 – Antibes
Walk around the old town, the Cap D’Antibes or the one of the largest, swankiest marinas on the Med.
9 – Cannes
Park in the large underground carpark under the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès and when you emerge you are right by the public beach end of La Croisette. You must start on the magnificent Croisette which curves round the bay like a promise of glamour. The old Suquet Hill district, where Cannes started in a mass of wriggling streets, needs strolling into, just past the port.
10 – Nice
Nice is the unofficial capital of the Côte d’Azur, and a must-see for every visitor. Fabulous markets, an enticing old town, glorious architecture and a wealth of super restaurants.