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All information gathered first-hand, since 1995

Antibes [22 km] Greek, Roman seaside town popular for beaches, shopping, Picasso museum, Port Vauban yachts.

Auribeau-sur-Siagne [42 km] Ivy-covered perched village at the Gorges de la Siagne, west of Grasse.

Le Bar-sur-Loup [31 km] A one-walled village perched overlooking the Loup river valley; lovingly restored with old houses around 13th-c chàteau and church.

Beaulieu-sur-Mer [10 km] A seaside resort town with shops, shady sidewalks and Casino, as well as beaches and yacht basins.

Biot [27 km] A picturesque and popular medieval village on a hilltop between Antibes and Nice; natural charm and a feeling of antiquity, and active year-round.

Cannes [33 km] Star of the French Riviera, Film Festival, beaches, grand hotels, classy shopping, Le Croisette seaside walk.

Entrevaux [70 km] A wonderful medieval village guarding a narrow pass, a draw-bridge entrance, walled walkway up to a 17th-c citadel.

Eze [13 km] Fortified medieval village perched overlooking the Mediterranean, 12th-c fortified castle ruins, exotic gardens and a part with seaside beaches.

Fréjus [65 km] Mediterranean port town from Roman times, with shops, pedestrian streets, dining and hotels, nice stone cathedral, and large Roman aqueduct.

Gorbio [34 km] A lovely little medieval perched village hidden in the hills just inland from the Mediterranean coast.

Gourdon [41 km] One of the most picturesque of all the perched villages, with a château originated as a Saracen fortress in the 9th-12th centuries A "Plus Beaux Villages de France".

Grasse [43 km] World perfume capital with shops, old town, 20 km from Cannes beaches, on Route Napoleon to the back country.

Menton [30 km] A large and dynamic seaside town, full of old buildings, beautifully restored.

Mougins [32 km] A pretty little perched Medieval village, with a collection of gourmet restaurants and art galleries.

Nice [0 km] A large French Riviera town, with shopping, museums, Roman ruins, beaches and night life, and the famous Promenade des Anglais.

Opio [37 km] A very tiny village perched on a low hill overlooking the golf courses and farmlands on the plains east of Grasse.

Peillon [20 km]

Roquebrune-Cap-Martin [27 km] Medieval village perched high over the Mediterranean between Monaco and Menton; its 10th-c chateau-fort seems to grow massively from the rocks.

Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat [11 km] Luxury Riviera village and peninsula beside Nice, with beaches, seaside walks, fine dining, Rothschild museum.

Sainte Agnès [29 km] A little village perched on the flank of a mountain, high above the Mediterranean north of Menton. A "Plus Beaux Villages de France".

Tourrettes-sur-Loup [28 km] Medieval fortified village perched in the hills with a view of the Mediterranean, narrow streets, arched passages and many artists and crafts shops.

Valbonne [31 km] Ancient village with 12th-c monastery and high-tech industry; rectangular street blocks of Roman design; markets, cafes, dining and relaxing.

Vence [23 km] "City of Art", is a lovely town sitting in the fresh air of the hills only a few km from Nice and Antibes.

Villefranche-sur-Mer [8 km] Riviera seaside resort town, medieval vaulted passages, red tile roofs, flea markets, fishermen's festival, beaches, medieval old town.