Summers in the South of France are a delight and full of opportunity for discovery. There are a range of events that take place across the region and many outdoor activities to enjoy. For example, music events, yacht races, scenic visits, and traditional festivals. Moreover, the wonderful climate with long warm days stretching through to September and October make for perfect beach living. And, entering the final months of the summer, there is plenty to experience on our doorstep at Parc du Cap. In this blog, we hear from some of the French Caudwell team who are local to the area. They provide us with top tips and local knowledge of summer living around the Parc du Cap residence.
Olga Kozyreva, Sales Assistant
One of my favourite things about the region is its remarkable music scene. All throughout the summer, the Riviera hosts a variety of fantastic music events – ranging from jazz to pop to classical. For instance, Saint-Paul de Vence Classical and Jazz Festival in July or Nice Crossover Festival in August. Talented and famous artists from all across the globe come to perform here. Above all, it is a treat to attend open air concerts, in breathtaking locations whilst watching spectacular sunsets. We are spoilt for choice! To clarify, you can certainly relish in musical spectacles even towards the end of the summer and onwards.
When you’re not taking in the tunes, I recommend venturing out on the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. You can rent paddleboards at most beaches along the coast. And, this is a brilliant way to admire the picturesque places that can only be seen from the water. Further, it is worth taking a private boat over to explore the four beautiful Lérins islands. I love La Guérite restaurant situated on Île Sainte-Marguerite. There is a special atmosphere here with chilled music during the day and truly amazing authentic Mediterranean cuisine. After indulging in a memorable meal at this seaside restaurant, we head straight to the nearby sandy beaches to relax.
In the evening, a sensational spot is the peaceful seaside village of Théoule-sur-Mer. The Marco Polo beachside restaurant here offers magnificent coastal views and high-quality food. The restaurant’s romantic atmosphere makes for the ideal evening to finish off a busy and satisfying summer day in Provence.
Sophie Marsh, Sales Consultant
For me, summer on the Côte d’Azur is all about spending time with friends. There is nothing better than going out on a boat and anchoring in the Bay of Millionaires on the Cap d’Antibes. We prepare a picnic with plenty of delicious local delicacies which we relish on the deck of the boat. Subsequently, we like to take a splash in the tempting turquoise sea.
After a day on the water, it is a pleasure to head out for dinner in Antibes. The old town has so much to offer with many excellent restaurants and places to listen to live music. For example, I recommend Mamo Michelangelo – a chic restaurant attended over the years by many celebrities. In addition, the Relais du Postillon hosts great musical soirées.
Finally, one of my favourite activities is to make the most of the fantastic fresh air of the Côte d’Azur. I am fond of walking along the winding river from the medieval hilltop village of Biot to the quaint village of Valbonne. The Trail of the Brague Valley is strikingly shaded by a canopy of trees. Therefore, it is the perfect walk to do when the summer sun may still be hot! It will lead you through magical forests filled with alder, hazel, and ash trees. Moreover, along the river you will come across wondrous waterfalls and numerous bridges criss-crossing the river.
Judith Bennaim, PA & Office Manager
Summer in Provence is a great time to make the most of the outdoors and reconnect with nature. We are lucky that the backcountry here has so much to offer. I take a lot of enjoyment from various fun activities that can be appreciated by all. For instance, kayaking and canoeing along the rivers while admiring the impressive red rocks of the Esterel mountains. Similarly, I do lots of hiking in the forests and coastal walks in the Var region. In fact, there are some hundreds of kilometres of paths and trails allowing discovery of Var’s landscape and hidden secrets. And, of course, an opportunity to visit the many stunning hill-perched villages and backcountry gems.
On the other hand, I am fond of turning my hand to something more creative. If you are arty or appreciate the arts, the region is a joy to gain inspiration. There are several places to visit for local, traditional arts and crafts. In Var in particular, ceramics art workshops can be toured where I might even attempt creating a piece of pottery myself!
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