Monday, 21 October 2019

Best 7 Activities in the French Riviera for Autumn and Hallowe'en


The leaves are turning and autumn and the school holidays are now upon us… bringing with them plenty of time to get out as a family and enjoy the season and Hallowe’en. Here are 7 great activities you can do with the family over the next few weeks.
Stunning autumn colours in the Mercantour


1. Mushroom picking – although Hallowe’en isn’t a traditional French festival, something that is traditionally French is mushroom picking.  Up in the forests and on the plateaus behind Grasse are usually good hunting grounds. Just be VERY CAREFUL with whatever you pick. If you take them to a local pharmacy they should be able to tell you which ones are /aren’t edible. Also check with your local mairie – in La Roquette Sur Siagne they host a ‘séance expertise’ every Monday in October / November from 6-8pm.
Be sure to check all mushrooms before eating! 


2. Pre des Pitchouns – the ever popular kids playpark in Auribeau sur Siagne really goes to town for Hallowe’en. Your kids won’t be disappointed with a day spent on the trampolines, mini-golf, visiting the farm and getting into the Hallowe’en spirit. Pre Des Pitchouns
Loads of Hallowe'en Fun !

3. Race for Life – pull on your trainers and run for a cause. Akin to the hugely popular UK Race for Life, take part in the Odyssea fun run in Cannes on Sunday 27th October. Take your pick from a 1k (kids), 5k or 10k course. The race is held to raise funds and awareness for a Breast Cancer charity so grab a pink T-shirt and enjoy the festive atmosphere. Odyssea Cannes Details
A sea of pink! 

4. Alpha parc wolves – the Mercantour is beautiful in any season but arguably most stunning as the colours turn from green to red. If your kids aren’t up to a big hike then why not take in a visit to the wolf park – Parc Alpha-  in St Martin Vesubie who have a whole host of Hallowe’en activities. As an added bonus, if you’re kids are disguised in Hallowe’en outfits, they’ll get free entry on the 31st ! Apha Parc details


5. Perfume Museum Grasse – If the weather over the holidays continues to throw out the odd wet day take the family up to Grasse for a visit to the perfume museum and the other perfume factories where you can learn about the history of perfume, how it’s made and create your own scent! Grasse Museum,  Galimard Perfume Ateliers
Visit Grasse and her beautiful perfume museums and factories

6. Sentier Littoral Antibes – on a beautiful autumn day it’s hard to beat a family walk along the Sentier Littoral in Cap D’Antibes.  Stunning vistas out to sea, less tourists than in the summer season and a manageable 5km loop make this a great afternoon acticvity. Just be aware that if the winds / seas are high the path will be closed for safety reasons and always mind your step and watch your children. Antibes Coastal Path

7. Vegetable picking at Cuiellete de Rocher. It might not be an all singing all dancing pumpkin farm but you can visit la Cuiellette du Rocher and pick your own seasonal vegetables including pumpkins, courgette flowers and butternut squash. Be sure to check opening times as it's only scheduled to be open on Saturdays from 9.30 – 12.30 Pick your own farm


Accommodation:
Visiting the French Riviera and haven't booked your accommodation yet? Why not check out our wonderful, centrally-located, self catering, townhouses and apartments sleeping from 2 - 11 people. All our properties are air-conditioned and are located on pedestrian streets within 5 minutes walk of the beach. We are a small family-run company so we are on hand for anything you may need before, during or after your stay!
Chic Gites - Accommodation Cannes

Friday, 10 May 2019

Stunning Hike Through the Gorges du Verdon

WARNING  - THIS HIKE IS FOR COMPETENT HIKERS AND NOT YOUNG CHILDREN
The Gorges du Verdon are, for me, the most stunning natural attraction in the whole of the French Riviera and for keen hikers this is an absolute gem of a hike through the canyon itself. It is up there with the best hikes in the whole of France and probably Europe. You will struggle to find more spectacular scenery than in France’s very own ‘Grand Canyon’.

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

10 Fantastic Things to Do in the French Riviera for the Easter Holidays

The spring/Easter holidays are fast-approaching and that means another two weeks (plus) to entertain the kids! 
Here is a guide to some fabulous family-friendly activities to try out this holiday:


1. Go on a safari




Why not get away from the coast and go on a guided safari with the bisons in Thorenc. Monts d’Azur is a 700 hectare natural sanctuary for wildlife with the European bison roaming wild and free over the plains and forests alongside Przewalski horses, deer, chamois, wild boar, foxes, wolves, lynx and many other species. Take a 90 min guided walking (or wagon) safari or even lengthen your visit and stay overnight!

Friday, 1 February 2019

Spring Festivals - The Mimosa Festival

During springtime the French Riviera plays host to numerous festivals showcasing some of the vibrant local produce and traditions: The three big-hitters are Menton’s world-renowned Fete du Citron (lemon festival), the Mimosa Festival in Mandelieu, and the grand Carnival in Nice. Aside from those there are several smaller festivals in nearby towns and villages and all are worth a look.
The beautiful mimosa in bloom

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Spring Festivals - First Up, The Fête du Citron in Menton

During springtime the French Riviera plays host to numerous festivals showcasing some of the regions' vibrant local produce and traditions: The three big-hitters are Menton’s world-renowned Fête du Citron (Lemon Festival), the Mimosa Festival in Mandelieu, and the Grand Carnival in Nice.