Bedrooms 1, Sleeps 4
|Pearl Holiday Home||Self Catering||Flexible||1||4||1||Double sofa bed (190cm x 140cm) for 2 people|
Beautiful holiday home close to beaches, town centre and public transport, this is an ideal base to make the most of your visit to the French Riviera. This bright, airy apartment accommodates up to 4 persons and has a secured parking.
The apartment is located 100 meters from the beach and a few minutes walk from the train station. It is situated on the 1st floor of the secured building with lift, surrounded with restaurants and shops.
A kitchen is fully equipped with fridge-freezer, oven, induction hobs, dishwasher, microwave, mixer, toaster, kettle, Nespresso coffee machine, moka pot and all other household items.
A light dining space for 4 and a comfortable living room with tv and the sofa that converts to a double bed (140cm x 190cm with proper bedding and mattress 20cm tick) are in the same room.
A spacious bedroom with double bed (160cm x 200cm), nightstands and wardrobe (hangers included).
A bathroom is with a tub, sink, a combo washer dryer and a hair dryer. There is a separate toilet with sink and hand-shower.
Central heating is available in all rooms.
Flat screen tv in living room and bedroom with national and international channels.
The property features a sunny balcony with table and 4 chairs.
A secured parking place is behind the building.
The apartment is perfect for couples with or without children, looking for a real home away home, willing to enjoy the beach and discover the French Riviera or Liguria in Italy.
The bedroom and living room are air-conditioned.
An iron and iron desk are available.
The ben linens, hand towels, beach towels, 2 parasols and 4 beach mattresses are provided. All linen and towels are 100% cotton.
Traveller and nature lover
|Year property purchased||2014|
|Why this location?||With 316 sunny days a year, beautiful seaside and a lot of activities in the region, French Riviera is an ideal destination for relaxing holidays.|
|Unique benefits of property||It is a real home away home, with all household utilities, very bright and at a great location nearby the beach.|
From the flourishes on the façades to the décor in the halls, every aspect of the Museum’s architecture evokes the marine world. Since it was opened on 29 March 1910, this Temple of the Sea, 6,500 square metres of which are open to the public, has been an international benchmark for loving, protecting and raising awareness of the oceans.
Monaco, Cannes, San Remo in Italy, Antibes and other places are accessible by the fast coastal train or by road. Cap d'Ail, Cap Ferrat, Cap de Antibes, or which all take you past multi-million-pound celebrity villas along coastal paths. The Promenade in Nice is a great walk that can be extended to other areas and traffic free for miles where you can stop to people watch or call into one of the many beach restaurants for a meal or a drink.
Too many other attractions and beautiful places to mention here but the owner can help with ideas if required.
Flower Market in Nice - This is ranked by France's National Council for the Culinary Arts as being one of the country's special markets. Opening hours: 06:00-17:30 Tuesday - Saturday 06:30-13:30 on Sunday. Closed on Monday.
In the shade of pretty striped awnings, the market stalls are hundreds of cut flowers and pot plants including multicoloured geraniums, intense mauve fuchsias, dahlias with their anemone-shaped flowers and the vivid impatiens being sold by the nursery vendors. This is also an ideal opportunity to ask
around thirty exhibitors, florists and horticulturists for advice. The market is lined with restaurants where you can sit and people watch as they parade through the market.
VENTIMIGLIA in ITALY
The Indoor market is a fantastic place to buy fresh produce at very reasonable prices. From Monday to Saturday the stalls groan with fresh and tasty seasonal fruits and vegetables. There is a whole section that is either homegrown or prepared, such as bottled and pickled foods and artisan speciality cheeses. There are fresh pasta stalls and patisserie counters, delicatessens selling
black and white truffles and truffle oils and tapenades, and other authentic Italian food products. The market also has an impressive selection of plants and flowers, both fresh and artificial. Weekdays the market opens from 7.00 am until about 13.00. All day on Friday and most stalls are open all day on Saturday.
Famous Friday Outdoor Market - Every Friday Ventimiglia holds an outdoor market in the centre of town and along the lungomare, coast. There are around 500 stalls selling everything from clothes to shoes and pans to linens. The market draws huge crowds, so unless you arrive very early, it is best to avoid taking the car and use the train. The market is just a short walk from the train station.
For the very best, such as Armani, Faconnable and Chanel, head for Rue Paradis and Avenue de Suede plus Avenue de Verdun (running parallel to Rue dela Liberte) for other famous designers like Hermes, Longchamp, and Escada. Designer jewellery from Cartier, Mont Blanc, Bijoux Burma, Ferret and Barichella are all here as well. However, the central hub of the Nice shopping district centres on Avenue Jean Medecin. Here you can find the usual high street names of Zara, H&M, Morgan, Etam, Virgin and FNAC along with popular perfume and make up chain Sephora. Midway along Jean Medecin is Nice Etoile shopping mall, where you can buy sportswear, fashion, home ware and jewellery. There is also a Tie Rack and lingerie from Aubade and Claire’s Accessories. Other shops you will discover here are Maison du Monde; a favourite for home decor, Nature & Decouvertes for unusual gifts and BCBG Max Azria for great fashion clothes.
At the top of Place Massena is a four storey branch of Galeries Lafayette (right), the French equivalent of Selfridges and Harvey Nichols. If you want designer fashion then head for Rue de la Liberte, just off Place Magenta. Here you can easily spend a day in the twenty or so upmarket chains, such as Scapa, Guess, G-Star and Tara Jarmon. The well regarded French chain Arche is also found here, which sells good quality boots and shoes, tailored towards walking rather than toppling.
CAP3000 Shopping Mall
This is the biggest undercover shopping mall in the area and caters for most things you may wish for. Amongst many high street names such as Zara, Mango, Pandora, Swarovski, American Vintage, Massimo Dutti, H&M, plus you will find a Galeries Lafayette department store with the same quality brand names as in the Nice store. There are also restaurants with one on the first floor with tables outside looking towards the sea. There is lots of parking near the stores.
In the heart of Monaco is the famous Cercle d’Or where all the elegant shops are located, filled with luxury goods and prestigious brands. Then there are the alleys of the old town where street merchants display typical souvenirs, and the galleries of the Métropole shopping centre, the Allées Lumières, or the Fontvielle Shopping Centre, with their window displays showcasing ready-to-wear, decorations, leather goods and gifts… you can find everything your heart desires in the Principality!
As you would expect, just about all the top brands have shops in Monaco such as Gucci, Chanel, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chopard, Cartier, Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Saint Laurent... The Monte-Carlo Pavilions - In the heart of Monaco, opposite the Casino, five pavilions house prestigious brands such as Louis Vuitton, Dior, Akris, Céline, Bulgari, Cartier, Lanvin and Yves Saint Laurent, which were previously located on the Avenue des Beaux-Arts and at Sporting d’Hiver. New brands include the famous fashion houses of Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta and Alexander McQueen shop. Nestled in the heart of the Jardins des Boulingrins, these extremely trendy temporary buildings invite customers to experience resolutely glamorous, magical moments. Fun to window shop if not to
Walk along the Promenade des Anglais towards the Port. Look for the Hotel Suisse. The steps to The Chateau are next door. There is also a lift that can be used between the hours of 10:00 and 19:00, for around 1€ but views on the way up are worth the walk up this 92 metre high hill . The main attraction here are the stunning views. The landscaped park of the Colline du Chateau is now famous for the spectacular view over the rooftops of Nice, gleaming yachts bobbing at anchor and the never ending sweep of the Promenade des Anglais. Don’t forget your camera. Worth a look here are the Roman ruins of two cathedrals, the mosaics, the dramatic artificial waterfall, the Bellenda Tour, the Cimitere du Chateau and the Jewish cemetery: hailed as one of the most beautiful resting grounds in the World. With plenty of running around space, a play area and some cafes selling drinks, snacks and ice creams, the Chateau is a great spot for children. The park closes at 20:00 in summer and around 19:00 in winter.
This is also where you will find The Cannon Man. Don’t be alarmed if you hear a large boom at 12:00. The ‘Lou Canoun de Miejour’ remains a true tradition for Nice, dating back to 1861 to 1866 when Sir Thomas Coventry-More, a British army colonel came to his house in Nice to enjoy the Riviera sunshine. His wife would go for a walk every morning but because she was a great gossiper and did not carry a watch he had great trouble getting her to return home in order to eat lunch. He devised a novel idea to remind her of the time – he proposed to the Mayor of Nice that a cannon be fired every day, and being a former Colonel, he said he would even provide the cannon. The deal was done but after several years of his daily ritual, Sir Coventry left – talking his cannon with him. The people of Nice complained as they found this signal perfect for synchronising clocks all over the city. So on 19th November 1875 the the municipality decreed that a cannon be fired every day at 12:00.
Open top tourist bus - ‘Le Grand Bus Tour’ can be joined at the main stop where the Promenade des Anglais merges with Quai des Etats-unis. Look for the Beau Rivage Beach Club. Departing from the Promenade with stops at the Port, Cap de Nice and Cimiez Hill for the Chagall and Matisse museums, the bus can be a good way to get your bearings around the city. The full route takes around an hour and a half and you can hire headphones with English commentary. At around 20€ per person for a day ticket, it’s not cheap. For 4-11-year-olds a one day pass is just 5€
Tourist Train - You can pick up the open sided tourist train next to Le Grand Bus Tour as above. This is a better option perhaps for children and for those who prefer not to have to walk too far. The little train cruises around the Old Town and up to the Chateau Hill. You can stop off at the Chateau for as long as you wish and take another train down when you are ready. It takes around 45 minutes for a round trip and costs around 8€ for adults and 4€ for the under 9 year olds.
The Matisse Museum – 164 avenue des Arénes de Cimiez. The museum boasts a huge collection of engravings, drawings and cut-outs spanning Matisse’s entire career but concentrating mainly on the period from 1917 to 1954, when he settled in Nice. The setting of the museum is impressive and is in a recently renovated Genoese villa in the heart of an olive grove. Open 10:00 – 18:00 daily except Tuesday. It is closed Bank Holidays. Entry is free.
The Museum of Archaeology – 160 avenue des Arénes-de Climiez. There is parking just behind the museum, in front of the monastery. This museum displays all the finds and details of Nice’s history up to the Middle Ages. The public baths and the amphitheatre can both be visited here. This is worth a stop off if you are visiting the Matisse museum but we do not feel it is worth a special trip. There is very little information in English so your French knowledge of archaeological finds will need to be quite good. Open 10:00 – 18:00 daily except Tuesday. It is closed on some Bank Holidays. Entry is free.
Masséna Museum – 65 rue de France is one street behind the Promenade but you can also use the entrance on the Promenade which is much easier to find. Set in a 19th century Italian influenced villa, here you can see exhibits, sculptures and religious works as well as ancient artwork by Nicois primitives.
The Fine Arts Museum (Musée de Beaux Arts) – 33 avenue des Baumettes. In a beautiful villa, with sumptuous grounds, there are over 6,000 works from the 17th to 20th centuries, including Flemish paintings of the 17th-century Impressionists, Post-Impressionists and some works by Picasso, Monet and Jules Cheret. The collections stem from those sent by Napoleon III after Nice joined France in 1860.
Open 10:00 – 18:00 daily except Monday. It is closed on some Bank Holidays. Entry is free.
If you have the time, this is a trip well worth taking for the stunning scenery and the water sports on offer. The gorges date back to the Triassic Period (250-200 million years ago), when this part of France was under water, causing limestone and coral deposits to form, traces of which can still be seen today. As the waters subsided over the millennia, the deposits fractured, resulting in distinctive, striated rock formations. A major glacial period remodeled the landscape, opening up deep gorges. The river Verdon - which, as the name hints, is a surprisingly verdant bright green - runs between the two départements of the Var and the Alpes de Haute Provence, mingling their Mediterranean and Alpine ecosystems. The most stunning part is the canyon between Castellane and Moustiers Sainte Marie, where the valley can plunge 700 metres (2,300 feet) deep, offering dizzying views downwards and breathtaking vistas across the valley. As well as the many walking trails in the area, the village of Castellane is the centre for a very wide range of other sports on offer in the Gorges du Verdon, including canyoning, kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking, rock-climbing, bungee-jumping, paragliding, horse-riding and fishing. Bikes can be hired in Castellane and Moustiers and excursions on horseback are available (enquire at the respective tourist offices). If you are in Les Salles sur Verdon, it is possible to rent a pedalo boat on which you can go up the river into the gorges as far as the first waterfall.
The Musée Picasso, formerly the Château Grimaldi at Antibes, is built upon the foundations of the ancient Greek town of Antipolis. Antibes is a resort town in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France, on the Mediterranean Sea. In 1608 it became a stronghold of the Grimaldi family and has borne their name ever since. In 1702 it became the town hall of Antibes.
From 1925 the chateau was known as the Grimaldi Museum. In 1946 it was the home for six months of the artist Pablo Picasso. Today the museum is known as the Picasso Museum, the first museum in the world to be dedicated to the artist.
Picasso himself donated works to the museum, altogether 23 paintings and 44 drawings, most notably his paintings The Goat and La Joie de Vivre. In 1990 Jacqueline Picasso bequeathed many works by Picasso to the museum. These included 4 paintings, 10 drawings, 2 ceramics and 6 etchings. These are displayed at the Château in addition to the 3 works on paper, 60 etchings and 6 carpets by Pablo Picasso which the museum collected between 1952 and 2001. Today the collection totals 245 works by Picasso.
The Picasso Museum opens every day except Monday. It also closes on January 1st, May 1st, November 1st, and December 25th.
September, 16th – June, 14th : 10:00 am – 01:00 pm / 02:00 pm – 06:00 pm
June, 15th – September, 15th : 10:00am – 06:00 pm
Tills close at 12:30pm and 05:00pm.
Conrad 1st, Count of Vintimiglia, built this fortified castle in 970 to defend the Western border of his feudal domain from attack by hordes of Saracens that rampaged around the area, both on land and sea. Initially the entire village was encompassed by the fortress. The keep's military strength was reinforced in the 15th century by the Grimaldi family. In 1808 the castle was sold as a Bien National to five Roquebrune inhabitants. A century later, in 1911, it was sold again – this time to wealthy Englishman Sir William Ingram, who set about renovating it but eventually gave it to the town of Roquebrune in 1921. The fortress overlooks the medieval village and its atmospheric alleyways, sometimes carved out of the rock itself.
Sites not to miss in the village of Roquebrune: the lavoir (traditional washing place), Place des Deux Frères, St Marguerite Church, the replica of a smithy, Rue Montcollet, Place du Capitaine Vincent, the Thousand-year-old Oak and of course the Castle. Magnificent views.
The Castle is open:
From 1 October to 31 January: 10 am - 12.30 pm and 2 - 5 pm
From 1 February to 31 May: 10 am - 12.30 pm and 2 - 6 pm
From 1 June to 30 September: 10 am - 1 pm and 2- 7 pm
Closed on 1 May, 1 and 11 November, 25 December and 1 January.
Closed on Fridays between 1 November and 31 January
Reduced rate for over-60s and groups of more than 10 people: €4
Reduced rate for children and students: €3
The audioguide included in the admission price is available in French, English, Italian and German. Telephone: +33 (0)4 93 35 07 22
The village is accessed by the Grande Corniche (D2564) or by pedestrian footpaths.