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.
The village of Saint-Paul de Vence was formed around the château built on the hill. During the Middle Ages, the counts of Provence ran the region while granting numerous privileges to the village of Saint-Paul de Vence.
When, in 1388, the County of Nice broke away from Provence to become attached to the States of the County of Savoy, Saint-Paul de Vence acquired a strategic position. Under the drive of Francis I with the Italian wars, the village was fortified.
At the start of the 1920s, painters like Paul Signac and Raoul Dufy were attracted by the lights and colours that the Provençal village offers. Paul Roux and his Robinson are the emblem of this period. In the 1950s and 1960s Saint-Paul de Vence was under the lens of the cameras; Jacques Prévert, James Baldwin and Marc Chagall would live for over 10 years in the village.
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.