Nice, the fifth largest city in France, acts as a magnet attracting people from all over the world. Both elegant and simple, Nice's charm comes from its exceptional climate as well as its beauty. Even in the winter the terraces of the cafes are filled with people happily drinking and contemplating the ultra famous Promenade des Anglais. Here you will be able to see some traces of the golden years of the Belle Epoque; the most famous one is without doubt the pink dome of the Hotel Negresco. The only way to get to know the real Nice is by strolling through the ochre colored streets listening to the "Nicois" speaking their own language (Nissart) and by tasting their savory cooking, Do not miss the onion, anchovy and olive tarts called Pissaladieres, the vegetable and tuna sandwiches known as Pan Bagnat, the Salade Nicoise or the famous Socca, a crispy thin cake made by cheak peas and olive oil. In Nice you will find also interesting museums, like the Chagall Museum or the Matisse Museum and, last but not least, a beautiful Italian-Style historic centre with its famous Flowers'Market, one of the most historical and famous of France. 25 km away from the hotel - 45' drive.
Gourdon is located in the hills between Cannes and Grasse. Getting to Gourdon is an adventure itself! Gourdon is the archetype of a perched village, sitting like an eagle's nest at the end of a rocky spur, enjoying a truly exceptional panoramic view over more than 80 kilometres of coastline from Theoule sur Mer to Nice. It also forms a remarkably harmonious ensemble of white stone-built medieval houses, nestling around the feudal castle. Inside the village you will find a good selection of charming shops, ateliers and restaurants. But the highlight of the village is without doubt the castle, with its imposing round and squared towers, its arrow slits and Renaissance entrance gate, its cobbled inner courtyard and its gargoyles and vaulted hallways, not forgetting its monumental 14th century fireplace. Inside, you can visit superb gardens laid out by Le Notre, Versailles' landscape gardener: a true Eden on the earth. 30 km away from the hotel - 40’ drive.
Eze Village, one of the nicest on the Riviera, is located on the hills behind Monaco and it offers a magnificent view from the Italian Coasts to the Cap Ferrat and Nice. On the top of the village, rich of local shops, you will find a beautiful exotic garden filled with precious varieties. 46 km away from the hotel - 40’ drive.
The Principality of Monaco is located between the French towns of Cap d'Ail and Roquebrune Cap Martin. It is one of those magic glamorous places that has a world wide reputation. There is sun here almost all the time, and fabulous parks and gardens have been laid out throughout the city. There are sumptuous boutiques with the latest fashions, palacial luxury hotels, and very chic restaurants. The cultural and sports centers are fitted out to perfection.
Everywhere you look there are long limousines gliding, or little Porsches zipping around the famous curves of Formula One Grand Prix. This is Monaco!
This perfect little Paradise is one of the "IN" places for the international jet set and the very famous. It is also the best place to see and be seen. 46 Km away from the hotel - 45' drive.
The medieval village of Roquebrune is perched on an a hill between the Principality of Monaco and the town of Menton at 300 metres on the sea level and it is dominated by a castle. The church of Sainte Marguerite hosts a copy of Michelangelo’s Universal Judgement. From the main square of the village you will be able to enjoy a breathtaking view on the coast and the skyline of Monte Carlo. 54 km away from the hotel - 50’ drive.
La Riviera italienne, mieux connue sous le nom de Riviera des Fleurs, est la terre des couleurs, du soleil, du ciel bleu et du printemps éternel. Des fleurs multicolores décorent les parterres et jardins.
Balzi Rossi est un village près de la frontière française; vous pouvez y visiter des grottes spectaculaires où l'homme paléolithique avait pour habitude de vivre. Non loin de là, vous pourrez trouver les jardins luxuriants de la Villa Hanbury, avec une grande variété de plantes succulentes.
Le passage dans l'arrière-pays vous permettra de visiter plusieurs villages comme Dolceacqua, avec l'ancien château de la famille Doria, et Apricale, un village perché sur le flanc de la montagne, caractérisé par des « carrugi » étroits (c’est-à-dire des ruelles escarpées qui sont typiques de la Ligurie), des ateliers d'artistes et des fresques qui ornent les maisons. Cervo, un peu plus loin, est un beau village perché au sommet d'une colline surplombant la mer. Ne le manquez pas! Dans le village de Bordighera, vous trouverez la palmeraie la plus au nord d'Europe et des villas qui datent de l’époque liberty (XIXème siècle).
Sanremo est certainement l'une des plus célèbres petites villes de la Riviera ligure. Dans le passé, elle été fréquentée par l'aristocratie européenne de la Belle Epoque. Les années d'or ont maintenant disparu, mais la ville reste un endroit agréable, surtout pour le shopping, avec un climat agréable toute l'année. Dans la rue centrale (Via Roma), à proximité du casino, vous trouverez toutes les meilleures marques italiennes. Juste derrière le casino, vous trouverez la vieille ville, nommée "Pigna", en fait un groupement de maisons sur la colline, avec plusieurs petites boutiques typiques.
A 55/75 km de l’hôtel - 50'/1h15' en voiture.
International tourist mecca, Saint Tropez's mythical village has played a largepart in the renown of the whole Côte d' Azur. Saint Tropez became "St. Trop" when the show business people, artists and writers all fell under the spell of this charming little port in the 1950's. In the summer one could bump into Picasso, Francoise Sagan, Jacques Prévert and many others. With the arrival of Brigitte Bardot in the 6O's the myth was installed for good. Since then Saint Tropez has become the glamorous vacation spot for chic Parisians and the international jet set. 96 km from the hotel - 1h45' drive.
This year, in Antibes, you will find a new way to explore our little town: the waking tours. Everyday, from Tuesday to Sunday, the tour leaves from the Place de Gaulle at 10.30 am and the guide, a true passionate of this corner of paradise, will lead you to the best spots of the town. The tour lasts approximately 2 hours and it is free. At the end, you can leave what you want. Possibility of private tours. For further information, e-mail us.
We can create cycling day events to discover our beautiful region. This excursion might include Helicopter or Limousine service to reach your departing point. You will be able to ride the beautiful climbs of the area: Col de Vence, Col de la Madone, Col de Turini just to name a few. And in less than one hour by helicopter you can immerse yourself in the beauty of Mount Ventoux. The cycling is varied so the itineraries will suit anyone, from the beginners to world champs cyclists. For further information, contact-us.
With this activity, you will become Picasso for a moment and get into his head with the help of a local artist, teacher and creative guide. The guide will take you on this authentic creative journey of the Picasso Museum in Antibes and will help you to see it differently. The visit lasts approximately two hours. One hour discovering the art and views in the Museum. The other learning how to draw and paint in Picasso's style. You will be immersed into sketching and drawing with the unique view of the Sea and the Medieval atmosphere of the Châteeau Grimaldi (former house of the Grimaldi noble family - now Picasso Museum. Through looking and making connections using found materials, you will be encouraged to discover your inner artist whilst having a whole lot of fun at the same time. You will be able to take your work of art away with you. A memory of Antibes!PAINTING WONDERS IN RENOIR’S GARDEN
The Renoir museum is placed in the heart of a beautiful estate in Cagnes sur Mer, planted with olive and citrus trees offering a breathtaking view down the Cap d'Antibes called “Domaine des Colettes”. In the morning, you will be able to take a lovely creative pause with an art instructor, who will show you the basics of acrylic technique. You will be painting the surroundings of the beautiful Renoir's garden with the guidance of local artist. After the morning session, you will be able to enjoy a tasty picnic, made by Provencal flavors and specialties. After that, you can even go into Renoir's studio and see his brushes and the colors that were the last on his pallet.
For further information, write us an-email.ARTISTIC EXPERIENCE AT THE VILLA EPHRUSSI
Step inside the magnificent gardens for a leisurely stroll and awake your inner artist! Inspiration abounds in every detail of the neat landscape design and intriguing sculptures. Your art instructor will help you capture some of the magic through sketching and watercolour painting. Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is also called villa Île de France. It was designed by the French architect Aaron Messiah and built between 1905 and 1912 by Baroness Beatrice de Rothschild. She filled the mansion with antique furniture, old master paintings, sculptures, artworks and assembled an extensive collection of rare porcelain. The villa is surrounded by nine gardens, each on a different theme: Florentine, Spanish, Garden à la française, exotic, a stone garden, a Japanese garden, a rose garden, Provençal... The garden was conceived in the form of a ship, to be viewed from the loggia of the house, which was like the bridge of a vessel, with the sea visible on all sides. It was inspired by a voyage the Baroness made on the liner Île de France, and the villa was given that name. The thirty gardeners who maintained the garden were dressed as sailors, with berets with red pom-pom.
We organize introductory and advanced photography courses (French-English) combining theory, outdoor practice and debrieng on the computer. A course to discover your camera, the priority to the diaphragm and to manage its depth of eld (very useful for the portrait and the landscape) as well as the priority speed to x or suggest the movement. And nally you will know all about the light, one of the most important element for a successful image. For further information or to get a quote, e-mail us.