This immaculate, bright 35 m2, 2nd floor flat, sleeping 2-4, with a big balcony is situated right in the centre of Antibes, 5 minutes from the beach, the markets and the old town. more info...
Provence and the C?te d'Azur are essential stops on any traveller's agenda. Managing to be both chic and quaintly idyllic, the towns, countryside and coast here are classic France. The joys of Provence and the C?te d'Azur are already well-known and documented (the wine and cuisine are unbeatable, the coastline is breathtakingly beautiful, the laid-back attitude is worlds from London?) but that's no reason not to confirm things for yourself.
Nice, the capital of the C?te d'Azur, has a lovely city centre and a picturesque port. Strolling the city's winding streets is a joy, and there are plenty of inviting caf?s where you can stop for a drink or get lured into whiling the day away people watching on the terraces. Nice, like the rest of the region, has a long history marked by Roman occupancy. You can spot many different architectural styles in the city- keep an eye out for the Palais Lascaris, a fine example of Genoese baroque, and the Saint-Martin-Saint Augustin church, a classic Italian Baroque construction.
Nearby are the resorts-- the glamorous Cannes, Antibes and Menton. The moneyed from all over the world lounge along the beaches and in the cafes here. Spotting them is as much of the C?te d'Azur experience as taking a dip in the water and sipping drinks in the caf?s yourself
Commerical Marseille is a vibrant city with a pretty old port, lots of shopping and several good museums. Its ancient history (it was founded by the Phoenicians in 600 BC) and status as France's second city give it a unique air. Be sure to eat the seafood here- it has the reputation as some of the best in France.
This region's long history has left it with a wealth of archeological sites and old Roman ruins. The Roman amphitheatre Ar?nes, in N?mes, makes for a fascinating visit; there is another Roman arena in Arles, though it is not as well preserved. For other ruins, you can visit the site of ancient Greek and Roman towns in Glanum (St-R?my-de-Provence) or the varied Roman ruins in Vaison-la-Romaine.
Other places worth a visit are Aigues-Mortes, a tiny fortress town, and the luxurious palaces Ch?teau de Sade and Palais des Papes.
The region's warm summers and mild winters mean that this region is welcoming all year. Crowds hit heavily in July and August, so you'll find a bit more peace if you come in the shoulder seasons, May and June or September and October.
There are two major airports in the region, one in Nice and the other in Marseille. International flights come and go from both airports. Expect a direct flight from London to take about three hours and to be pretty cheap. It's possible to fly round trip for as little as ?50!
If you're planning to arrive by rail, there is a fast train that zooms down from Paris, connecting the capital with Marseilles in just four hours. If you plan to make the journey by car, prepare for a long (nearly 700 miles!) drive to Marseille.
Once in the region, travel to and from the larger cities is easy, with a reliable bus service and even a metro in Marseille. The roads here are good, and renting a car is a popular option for those who wish to see more than just the touristy highlights.
There are endless options available to keep you busy in Provence and the C?te d'Azur. On the coast, beaches and water sports are naturally the most popular activities. Try your hand at sailing, jet-skiing, water-skiing, or scuba diving. It's also possible to take a boat tour of the coast or to rent yachts or sailboats by the day or week.
Off the water, the Parc National du Mercantour provides an excellent spot for hikers or mountain bikers. You can ride horses here too. In winter, the Gr?oli?res ski resort is just 37 miles from Nice.