Between the Mediterranean and limestone Provence, Esterel is a volcanic massif of 32,000 hectares of which 14,000 are classified. Its astonishing red colour comes from rhyolite, or red porphyry, volcanic rock from the Cambrian Period. Circuits have been created for mountain biking, horse-riders and hikers.
The flora is rich and varied. Aleppo pine, chestnut, fig and olive trees grow in abundance and happily coexist with palms, agaves and mimosas. Note that when the mistral is strong, the massif is prohibited for all forms of traffic.
On the Cannes Croisette, you are only a few hundred yards from the paradisiacal Lérins Islands. Take a boat over the blue Mediterranean to reach them. The Lérins Islands archipelago is made up of four islands and islets, two of which are inhabited: Sainte-Marguerite Island and Saint-Honorat Island. Although these two islands are very different in character, they feature the same magical landscapes, where nature is protected and plants and animals abound.
Sainte-Marguerite Island is the largest. Follow the island's botanical trail among pines and eucalyptus trees. In the distance, you can see Cape Antibes. Full of mystery, Sainte-Marguerite Island was the place where the Man in the Iron Mask was imprisoned for more than ten years. Resolve this mystery at the Maritime Museum on Sainte-Marguerite Island…
Saint-Honorat Island is the most pious of the Lérins Island, for a very good reason: Lérins Abbey has been the home of Cistercian monks since the 5th century.
The cave of Saint-Cézaire was created 6 million years ago and was discovered in 1890. You have the chance to visit this place which, from room to room, presents some real underground treasures: fascinating stalactites, starry concretions and even a sound show with the musical stalactites.
What's more, the magic of the place is strengthened by the pink and purple colouration of the columns.
In addition, a trail allows you to discover the Mediterranean vegetation.
Perched above the sea, surrounded by ramparts, a stroll through the shady streets of Saint-Paul de Vence is extremely pleasant.
In the Grande Rue of this artists' village, visitors will find workshops, art galleries and shops selling handicrafts that will appeal to art lovers. They can also visit the Maeght Foundation, which houses a rich collection of modern and contemporary art.
Visitors, like Verlaine before them, can listen to the tranquil murmurings of the water burbling in the fountain in the Place de la Grande Fontaine. The poet is not the only one to have been seduced by the charm of Saint-Paul-de-Vence. The plane trees of the bowling square,
were the privileged spectators of games of pétanque between Yves Montand and Lino Ventura.
Discover the art de vivre in Saint-Paul-de-Vence's colourful markets featuring all the flavours and scents of Provence. Enjoy an excellent meal on the terrace accompanied with a glass of wine from Saint-Paul-de-Vence.
Located in the heart of parc Robinson in Mandelieu, the Restaurant Le Robinson offers high-quality, local products in a tranquil and peaceful atmosphere. Thanks to a friendly team, you'll enjoy a menu that's both simple and sophisticated.
The large terrace allows you to make the most of sunny days and will make you want to stay there for a very long time.