Self catering holidays
The Parc Phoenix, on the outskirts of Nice, is spread over 7 hectares. You can find 2,500 species of plants, some reputed to be rare, are conserved in a Mediterranean setting. The 7,000m², 25 metre high tropical greenhouse is one of Europe's largest.
Designed as a place where people and nature can meet, there are around twenty gardens with their own "sounds".
As you visit the park, you will discover:
The astronomical garden: two billion years revealed by the fossil record;
The island of bygone days: plants which have survived for over 8 million years;
The bamboo plantation;
The garden of grasses.
The Phoenix Park is aims to create a new balance and is making increasing room for the wild beauty of the animal kingdom.
Built in 1300 by Rainier Grimaldi, Lord of Cagnes-sur-Mer, the château that bears his name, now houses a museum. The castle served as a fortress and defensive lookout for two centuries. It was transformed into a stately home in 1620. Its architecture was then modified to add the monumental gateway surmounted by the Balcon d'Honneur, still visible today.
A listed historical monument, the Château Grimaldi houses the Museum of the Olive Tree, the Solidor donation, and baroque painted ceilings. Numerous temporary exhibitions of contemporary art are held at the Grimaldi Chateau Musée.
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.
Stretching 8km along the seafront on the Baie des Anges or Bay of Angels in Nice is the famous Promenade des Anglais. This long promenade with a cycle path beside it is a popular place for walking, cycling, jogging, rollerblading and so on. Beside the beach with plenty going on all year round, this long strip has become an integral part of life in Nice, and a must-see on any trip to Nice. So take the family and head out for a stroll on the promenade, savouring the French art de vivre.
This immense avenue has its own recognisable architecture and visual identity: the lights are unique, and the surface of the promenade is chestnut brown. The colour of the sky contrasts perfectly with the green palm trees lining the promenade, the blue of the sea and the white sand dotted with colourful deck chairs on the beach.
Embark on a tour of the seven seas at Marineland Antibes-Juan-les-Pins. Prepare for some amazing encounters during this family outing at the Aquarium and the Musée de La Poype. Visitors can discover dolphins, killer whales, sharks, polar bears, penguins and sea lions!
It's even possible to spend some quality time with them. Discover the marvels of the ScubaPro experience: well equipped and protected by a transparent acrylic cage, thrill seekers will be plunged into the underwater world of the sharks. Marineland also makes it possible for dreams to come true and children will be able to swim with the dolphins. Kids can also get to know the playful and mischievous Sea lions.
The spectacle is provided by the animals at Marineland and they and their keepers assure some fine performances for your viewing pleasure.