The seaside town of Mandelieu la Napoule is located in a beautiful setting between the Esterel and Tanneron mountains. Its castle has a rich and tumultuous past. The site was indeed ideally placed to control the waterways. Mandelieu la Napoule has seen Phoenicians, Romans, Ligurian, etc. While tourism has become the engine since a few decades in this town of the Alpes Maritimes, it has also a long lived culture of mimosa. The town has retained its taste for flowers that perfume the streets every beginning of springtime.
Lérins Islands Walks
Facing the Croisette in the Bay of Cannes, the Lerins Islands, consisting of Sainte Marguerite and Saint Honorat offer an exotic visit, just a short distance from the French Riviera coast. The island of Sainte Marguerite, where the Iron Mask was locked up is composed of a wooded area of 152 ha scattered with remains of the different civilizations that have succeeded while the island of St. Honorat is owned by the Cistercian monks who cultivate their own wine. The Abbey offers guided tours.
Fréjus Old Town Visit
Fréjus boasts a unique past as this city on the coast of the Var was already a port in Roman times. Frejus has conserved a rich and varied heritage that displays Roman remains, mansions of the 17th and 18th centuries as well as villas built in the 19th century when the French Riviera started its development.
World famous for its film festival, which every spring attracts famous film stars from all over the world on the shores of the French Riviera, Cannes is a popular resort since the 19th century. As a reminder of that time, several large hotels on the Croisette display their architectural styles from the late 19th and early 20th century such as the Martinez with its Art Deco style. Cannes is also the port of departure to visit the islands of Lérins, just offshore and well worth a visit.
Agay Bay Beaches
Nestled in a bay and surrounded by the glowing rocks of the Esterel mountains between Cap Dramont and La Baumette, Agay is a popular venue for sailing enthusiasts who appreciate its small harbor. Its sandy beaches are popular. No doubt you will be seduced by this pretty bay like the well known great authors as Albert Cohen who created his Belle du Seigneur and St Exupéry who says "Agay is a paradise where even the dust is fragrant."