Magical Properties on the French Riviera

Posted 2017-09-07 in RealEstate
Exciting Eze
Just down the coast from Monaco, you’ll find the pretty village of Eze. Perched on top of a rocky cliff, Eze Village has breathtaking views of the Mediterranean and the beaches below. Perfectly located between Nice and Monaco, a trip to Eze is a great way to spend a day. The little town has a laid back vibe with its many cafés and boutiques and there’s always time for a delicious ice cream in the sunshine whilst you explore. 
While you’re in Eze spend a few hours exploring the art galleries in the village, or check out the Fragonard and Gallimard factories for a guided tour of the perfume making process. The oldest part of town was built on the ruins of a 12th Century chateau and the view from the top is well worth the climb. Narrow cobbled streets wind up past Medieval buildings to the impressive Botanical gardens. Stroll around the gardens and discover the sculptures hidden amongst the exotic plants. Then have lunch in one of the brasseries in the village square before treating yourself to a glass of local rosé, you are on holiday after all.
 Don’t miss:

  • A visit to the charming old village with its galleries and boutiques
  • The award-winning Jardin Exotique perched 429 metres above sea level
  • A tour of the fragrant Fragonard and Gallimard perfumeries
  • A delicious dinner in one of the village’s 5 Michelin-starred restaurants
  • A trip to the fantastic Fort de la Revère set in a national park overlooking Eze 

How to get to Eze:
  • The easiest way to get to Eze is by car or taxi. Equidistant from Nice and Monaco, the drive along the Moyenne Corniche is one of the prettiest in the region. However, parking can be tricky so it’s worth leaving early in the morning to get a prime spot before the crowds arrive
  • If you fancy sitting back to admire the view while someone else drives, another option is to take the bus to Eze. The 82 and the 112 both go directly to the village from Nice and leave every 30 minutes from the centre of town. Just make sure you don’t catch the 100 by mistake, as you’ll be faced with a long walk up from Eze Bord de Mer down on the coast. 

Where to stay:
Holiday Rentals Near Eze

Stunning St Jean Cap Ferrat

Set on a peninsula in the middle of the Mediterranean, St Jean Cap Ferrat is a little village with a big reputation. One of the most select destinations on the French Riviera, St Jean Cap Ferrat has been charming visitors for years with its mellow lifestyle and sensational scenery. The pretty village centre with its designer shops leads down to the lively Port de Plaisance packed with outstanding bars and restaurants. Along the coast, 12 km of walking trails wind around the headline and overlook the town’s 3 glorious beaches, perfect for soaking up the sun while you’re in town. 
St Jean Cap Ferrat might only have 2000 permanent residents, but there’s always lots going on in and around the peninsula. Visit the wonderful Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild and spend an afternoon exploring the extensive grounds. This exquisite Belle Epoque palace is surrounded by 7 gardens, each of which has been designed with a different theme. Move seamlessly from the flowers of Provence to a Japanese formal garden without forgetting to stop off at the musical fountains on the main lawn. During the summer season catch an outdoor classical concert or join in with the traditional flower ball in the village square. Make like the locals and dance the night away under the stars in this little slice of paradise on the French Riviera. 

Don’t miss:
  • Checking out the many designer boutiques in the centre of the village
  • An afternoon at one of the chic private beach clubs on Paloma and Passable plages
  • The colourful African lovebirds who live in the Port de Plaisance
  • A stroll along the lovely Promenade Maurice Rouvier, former home of David Niven, Charlie Chaplin and the King of Belgium among others
  • The epic dive sites just off the coast of the peninsula
How to get to St Jean Cap Ferrat:

  • St Jean Cap Ferrat is only a few kilometres away from Nice. Fly into the Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport then drive along the Basse Corniche to St Jean. 
  • If you’d rather sit back and relax, hop on the 81 or the 100 bus from Nice and check out the scenery along the way
  • Beat the summer traffic by taking the train to St Jean Cap Ferrat from anywhere along the French Riviera
Where to stay:
Luxury St Jean Cap Ferrat Rentals


Vibrant Villefranche

If it’s your first visit to Villefranche, we defy you not to fall in love with this jewel of a town. Set between the mountains and the Mediterranean with a picture-perfect port, Villefranche has been the setting for many a Hollywood blockbuster over the years. The modern town centre contrasts perfectly with the colourful buildings of the old town, and the impressive 16th-century citadel has been protecting Villefranche from marauders since way back when. From the gorgeous Plage des Marinières to the pretty Place Amelie Polonnais with its busy restaurants and weekly antiques market, you’ll love spending time in Villefranche.
From paddleboarding to beach yoga, fireworks displays to live concerts, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Villefranche. Check out the art and history museums in the Citadel before stopping off in the hidden garden to catch some sun. Take a trip to the weekly Provençal market to pick up some local produce or simply relax with a nice cold drink in the harbour while the sun goes down over neighbouring St Jean Cap Ferrat. If you’re looking for a taste of the good life, you’ve definitely come to the right place.
Don’t miss:

  • A tour of the traditional soap factory in the centre of town
  • A trip to the romantic open-air cinema in the Citadel during the summer season
  • A leisurely lunch at the stylish Déli Bo beach club on the Plage des Marinières
  • The stunning Chapelle de Saint Pierre des Pêcheurs designed and decorated by Cocteau
  • A stroll down the historical Rue Obscura, a vaulted street dating back to the 11th century 
How to get to Villefranche:
  • Just minutes away from Nice, the easiest way to get to Villefranche is to book a flight to Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport then hire a car or taxi to drive along the coast road. 
  • If you’d rather leave the driving to someone else, both the 81 and 100 buses go  to Villefranche every 20 minutes from Nice
  • And if you’re coming in from elsewhere on the French Riviera, why not take a train directly to Villefranche from any of the major towns along the coast 

Where to stay:
Luxury Villefranche Holiday Rentals