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- Iles de Lérins

i Starting from Ponton Courbet, Juan les Pins. About 30 minutes by boat. Phone: 04 92 93 02 36.

Les Iles de Lérins
The Southern coast of Saint-Honorat

The Lérins Islands, well known by the sailors and fishermen for centuries have a very rich history. There are two islands, both wild, with charming creeks, exotic vegetation, clearest blue sea...

- Sainte Marguerite: there you will find the famous "Fort Royal", an old château used as a prison, with famous prisoners such as the man with the iron mask.

- Saint Honorat: smaller and wilder than Sainte Marguerite, this island belongs to monks who live here in an old monastery. It is open to public however.

- Grasse

i 25 km from Le Cap d'Antibes, by car or by Coach.

Grasse, well known worldwide for being the capital of the perfume, is worth a visit. You will have the opportunity to visit the old Grasse, its old streets, and its 12th century Cathedral sheltering paintings from Rubens and Fragonard. You may as well visit one of the numerous perfumeries (parfumeries) following the production of a perfume from the flowers to the bottling. There, the master perfumers, the nez (noses) work on finding new perfumes.

- Saint Paul and Vence

i 20 km from Antibes by the R.N. 7 to Cagnes sur mer and then the D36.

Vence Tourists Office: 33 (0)4 93 58 06 38.

Saint-Paul Tourists Office: 33 (0)4 93 32 86 95.

This two very old villages, both on the top of a rock, with great views on the surroundings, are probably of the nicest place in Provence. You will enjoy charming and very old streets with old stones, old houses and chapels, and a church from the 13th century in Saint-Paul.

Near Saint-Paul, you will find the Fondation Maeght, one of the biggest art foundation in Europe, nestling in pine woods, with more than 5,000 works of modern arts such as Bonnard, Braque, Chagall, Kandinsky.

- Route Napoléon, and the "Arrière Pays".

i N85 highway from Cannes to Castellane, Digne, Sisteron and Grenoble. Half a day to go from Cannes to Grenoble.

This is supposed to be one of the nicest French Road, with canyons, perched villages, abbeys, nice and wild mountains... It was taken by Napoléon when he traveled from Elba towards Grenoble in 1815.
Arrière Pays
L'arrière Pays.

Arrière Pays
L'arrière Pays.

- Other Cities

Le Cap d'Antibes is not far from other interesting cities such as Cannes (30 min by car), Nice (45 min), Monaco (2 hours).


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