Discover Frejus, Cannes & Grasse
The centre piece of the Cote d’Azur is the splendid region around the two main cities of Cannes and Fréjus. This area is well known for its stunning beaches, turquoise waters, authentic villages and of course some of the French Riviera’s most famous cities. This mix of natural beauty, historical treasures, cultural essence and modern day jet-set extravaganza makes it one of Europe’s most desired holiday destinations.
Every year this region hosts one of the world’s most famous events, the Cannes Film Festival. During these 10 days the area attracts an immense number of visitors and is vibrant summer-round. Of course the concept of summer is rather stretched here, with an average of 300 days of sun a year.
The city of Grasse is another pearl and is known worldwide as the capital of perfume. This medieval city with its narrow cobble stone streets, artisan shops and French cafes, is laid-out over a hilltop, offering stunning panoramic views of its surroundings.
Things to See & Do in Frejus, Cannes & Grasse
You'll find some of the best beaches in Les Issambres, the seaside and holiday destination of the commune de Roquebrune-sur-Argens. It stretches along 8 km of inlets and fine sandy beaches. Eastwards on the beach is the sailing centre with boat rentals and a sailing school, a protected boat harbour with some marine shops, dive center and restaurants. From here you can take the ferry, 'Les Bateaux Verts', to the harbours of Sainte Maxime or Saint Tropez to explore the beaches, shops, bars and restaurants there.
To the east towards the village of San-Peïre-sur-Mer you'll find water sports activities, rock pools, and guided trails to explore, plus the village itself with shops and regular markets.
Towns & Villages
- Magagnosc, a pretty Provencal village in the foothills of the Alps. It is only 5 minutes from Grasse and is surrounded by golf resorts, with good access to the skiing for winter visitors and many local walking trails.
- Mandelieu, only 12km from Cannes with access to shops, sandy beaches and a casino.
- Opio is another quiet hilltop village worth a visit if you're looking for a day away from the bustle of the Riveria. Here you will find concerns during the summer and can also join a tour to learn about the village's history, and enjoy panoramic view of the region.
- Roquefort les Pins is a beautiful village that has everything you could possibly need. It it surrounded by a pine tree forest, which is where the name comes from, and a rocky landscape, making it a great place to go for a walk or hike. There are lots of very pretty little streets in the centre, as well as lots of hidden buildings to be discovered.
- Valbonne is another small but pretty town distinctive in the layout, with streets and houses laid out in a grid system. There are some interesting shops and an old town to explore, making a great place for a day trip to explore on foot.
- Sainte Maxime is a vibrant little town offering a vast choice of reasonably priced restaurants. Soak up the wonderful atmosphere in the cobbled streets of the old town where a craft market is held in the evenings. There are various weekly markets including a ‘Capet’ Food market, local produce market and flea market.
Events & Festivals
The most well-known festival in this area is, of course, the Cannes Film Festival. During the summer months Cannes is also host to a festival of Photography, the Basque pelota (a fast and furious game played like a cross between squash and 'fives'), and the Festival Pantiero, which includes indie music, square-dancing, jazz, and fireworks.
Because this is a busy tourist region many of the smaller towns and villages also have musical and entertainment programmes during the holiday season, particularly in July and August. Worth a visit is the hilltop village of Opio, with a programme of jazz festivals, concerts, dance recitals, and street festivals. Frejus is another local town with fetes throughout the year.
Activities for Families
If you are looking for fun days out with the family, Frejus is the place to be. You'll find the Aqualand waterpark here as well as the Luna Park theme park. For something a little quieter try Les Issambres, for the beach within easy access of a village and rock pools, perfect for exploring.
Markets & Museums
As well as the larger markets in towns such as Cannes and Grasse there are many smaller markets worth a visit, such as San-Peïre-sur-Me (Mondays) and Sainte Maxime, which has a regular craft and flea markets during the summer months (evenings) as well as a food market typical of the region.
The market in Cannes has three big food markets at Forville, Gambetta and La Bocca. You can find everything here, from wine and cheese to olives and fish, everything! For mainstream food shopping, there are also quite a few supermarkets.
Restaurants & Bars
Along the coast you'll find many quite beaches and quiet bars but if you're looking for nightlife, Cannes is the place for be.
Sites and Attractions
If you have ever seen the film 'The Man in the Iron Mask', you'll want to visit the Ile Sainte-Marguerite, just off the coast of Cannes. It took the mysterious 'Man' 11 years to escape from Fort Royal on this tiny, forested island but nowadays it's a lot easier to get to and from. The island is part of the Lérins islands. The neighboring smaller island is owned by monks who operate an excellent restaurant – definitely worth the trip!
Find a Villa in Frejus, Cannes or Grasse
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Featured holiday homes in the Cote d'Azur
- 5 bedrooms, sleeps 10
The beautiful art deco Villa Rose d'Antibes in Cap d'Antibes is a true delight. Set within spacious Mediterranean gardens, its private heated pool offers guests the peace and quiet they are looking for, and yet you are only a few steps away from the Azur-blue Mediterranean and its sandy beaches. 5 ensuite bedrooms, aircon and WiFi throughout. Ornamental fish pond.
- 7 bedrooms, sleeps 14
Maison Des Rêves is as the name suggests - a dream house. With large beautiful terraces overlooking stunning views of Cap d'Antibes and across the sea to Nice, a private and heated swimming pool that is a contender for the largest in the Cap. A fantastic place to spend a holiday with friends and family.
- 5 bedrooms, sleeps 10
Villa Sunsong is a large and elegant villa with breathtaking sea views from the infinity pool over Villefranche and Cap Ferrat. This property boasts being divided into two fully-equipped separate apartments one apartment sleeping 6 and the other 4, the whole villa sleeps 10 in 5 bedrooms. Air conditioning in every room.
- 4 bedrooms, sleeps 8
La Garoupe is an absolutely stunning beachfront luxury villa, unique on the Cap d'Antibes. With incredible decor, attention to detail and the most wonderful location, this villa can sleep up to 8 people in 4 bedrooms. Complete with all facilities, walking distance to everything and fully air-conditioned; this is the place for you. Small pets welcome. Perfect venue for weddings and events up to 200 guests.
- 3 bedrooms, sleeps 6
Superb villa set in beautiful gardens with panoramic views. Large heated pool (15m x 8m) and shady terraces. Calm and secluded, but not at all isolated - only 5 minutes from lovely village of Vence. Part air conditioning. Three bedrooms all with en suite bathrooms. Two bedrooms on ground floor. Children over 10 years only.
- 6 bedrooms, sleeps 12
Beautiful villa in top class condition with a southerly panoramic view over the bay of Villefranche and 1 mile from Cap Ferrat. Completely renovated to the absolute highest standard. Easy walk to the port (4 minutes) without having to cross roads etc. Very central, yet quiet. Perfect for entertaining. Full concierge service can be made available.
- 5 bedrooms, sleeps 10
Lovely Provencal Mas with Balinese style swimming pool set in extensive grounds in a commanding position with stunning panoramic views of the Gulf of St Tropez. Main house with 3 bedrooms and 2 separate studios for comfort and privacy. All bedrooms ensuite. La Garde Freinet is just a 10 minute walk and Grimaud only a 7 minute drive.
- 3 bedrooms, sleeps 7
Villa des Lauriers is a true gem in an incredible location, overlooking the bay of Cannes in Mougins and a short walk away from the town centre. With 3 bedrooms and 3 en suite bathrooms, this villa also has a private heated swimming pool, air conditioning, and much more. Child friendly.
- 6 bedrooms, sleeps 14
Infinity View is a beautifully renovated luxury villa, which offers breathtaking views over the hills of l'Esterel, towards the Bay of Cannes. There is a large private heated infinity pool (14m x 5m) with jacuzzi, both offering incredible views over the surrounding area. All bedrooms have an ensuite bathroom. Air conditioning throughout the property. Walking distance to the village of Spéracèdes for shops and restaurants.
- 4 bedrooms, sleeps 9
Styled in an eclectic mix of Scandinavian, Loft and Caribbean beachside, this beautiful villa is part of Opio, but it just a short walk from the lively village of Valbonne in the Cote d'Azur. Air conditioning, table tennis, walking distance to amenities, private swimming pool and beautiful garden. 4 bedrooms/3 bathrooms sleeping up to 9 people.
- 6 bedrooms, sleeps 10
The only thing better than the décor and appointments of this luxury villa in Théoule sur Mer is its location - just minutes from the beach and 10 mins from Cannes. Contemporary décor and breathtaking panoramic views. Large heated pool. Fully air conditioned. Shared tennis court just 200m away. The perfect venue for Cannes-based parties and events.
- 6 bedrooms, sleeps 12
La Villa Douce is a wonderful property to have a holiday in - not only is it in a fantastic location, but it also has facilities for the entire family. Heated salt-water swimming pool, home cinema, satellite TV, wifi, pool table, ping pong, football table, boules court and exercise room. Air conditioning in living areas.
- 4 bedrooms, sleeps 8
Villa Sea Breeze is quite a rare find, indeed! This property is a beachfront villa with a rustic and beautiful interior, offering stunning views over the Mediterranean, a private swimming pool and direct access to a small beach right in front of the property. Located in Sainte Maxime, it's only a 2-minute walk to various restaurants and bars.
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