|Unforgettable Cote d'Azur holiday villas and apartments|
Cote d'Azur was originally discovered as a winter holiday destination by British Victorians, who gave their name to the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. Take a holiday villa in Cote d'Azur and you'll fall in love with this splendid holiday playground, destination of the rich and famous through all seasons. Backed by a dramatic mountainous hinterland, the region's lower slopes are covered with olive groves, pine forests and vineyards. This beautiful stretch of coastline evokes images of grand hotels, casinos, elegant boutiques, harbours lined with expensive yachts and palm lined promenades. And a holiday villa in Cote d'Azur gives you access to it all! Visit Cannes, Antibes, Monte Carlo, St Tropez, Sainte Maxime and Le Lavandou for sun baked beaches, sheltered bays, cafés, bars restaurants and nightspots.
Inghams Just France holiday villas and cottages in Cote d'Azur let you complement the hedonism of the seaside with the delights of the interior. Head inland to explore sweet scented mountain slopes and charming medieval villages. Browse a colourful Provencal market. Or simply watch the world go by from a café terrace in a shady village square. Côte d'Azur cuisine is distinctively Mediterranean, with hot spices and seafood. They use goat cheeses rather than milk. And garlic, olive oil, olives and Herbes de Provence predominate. Local attractions? Book a holiday villa on Cotes d'Azur for Cannes' Allées de la Liberté, Monaco's Casino and Place de la Casino, St. Tropez's Citadelle. St. Raphaël and the Eglise Notre Dame de la Victoire.
When in Cote d'Azur...
Olive oil and lavender honey are widely used, so too are tomatoes, garlic, olives, capers and aubergines. Ratatouille comes from Nice, bouillabaisse (fish stew) from Marseille; menus also feature bourride (fish soup) and sea urchins. Banon (wrapped in chestnut leaves) and brousse cheeses and sweets like walnut galettes are typical - accompanied by wines such as Vacqueryas, Beaume de Venise and Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
Places of Interest
Visit the perfumeries of Grasse. Take the trip to Avignon whose beauty is crowned by the Pope's Palace and its nearby bridge. Explore the roman ruins at Orange. Go wine tasting at Les Baux de Provence or Chateau Romanin. Visit Tortoise Village. Discover the natural beauty of the Camargue, Gorges de l'Ardeche or the Luberon national park.
Sports and Leisure
Walk, bike, climb, fish or kayak in the beautiful Verdon Gorge. Canoe on the Ardeche. Ascend Cézanne's Mont- St-Victoire in Aix-en-Provence. Tennis courts are widely available and there are many excellent golf courses. Families may visit the Zoo de la Barden, take the steam train to Cévennes or explore the treetops by zip-lines and rope bridges at the Passerelles des Cimes in Lagnes.
Cote d'Azur enjoys a near perfect Mediterranean climate with long hours of sunshine and high temperatures, which encourage the growth of vines, olives, lavender and aromatic herbs, and make this an idyllic holiday area.
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Côte d'Azur villas and apartments can be reached after a full day's driving following an overnight ferry to Caen or St. Malo with Brittany Ferries or an early morning crossing to Calais with P&O or Eurotunnel. For a more leisurely start to your Côte d'Azur holiday, travel the day before and stop at a hotel en route in Burgundy.
Getting to Côte d'Azur villas by air is easy! There are many low cost flights to choose from into Marseille, Nice, Toulon, Nimes and Avignon from a wide range of UK airports.