This historic coastal town has a naturally protected port with clear views as far as Italy. The Greeks recognised its strategic appeal, establishing a trading post in the 5th century, named Antipolis, and it was later seized upon by Napoleon who appreciated the vantage point for approaching galleons. By the 19th century the delightful Mediterranean situation attracted a glittering set from all over the world who established summer villas here and pleasure sailing. Today Antibes is one of the most desirable destinations on the French Riviera.
The charm of the city is in the narrow cobbled streets, Provencal market and museums. Château Grimaldi has a permanent exhibition of Picasso ceramics which he was inspired to create while staying here. There is a museum of Napoleonic memorabilia, largely the collection of André Sella, founder of Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. The marina is a flutter of white sails and clattering masts, and host to Les Voiles d’Antibes, the first major European event of the classic yachting season.
Antibes is located 4km away (10 minutes by car) from Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc.
More details on www.antibesjuanlespins.com
The capital of the French Riviera, Nice has been occupied by Greeks who named it Nikaia, "City of Victory" and later the Romans in 14 BC. Subsequently Nice came under Italian rule until 1860 when it was officially returned to the French. Soon the English upper class on their "grand tour" discovered this gem on the Mediterranean. They stayed to enjoy the mild winter climate and so began the Belle Epoque, establishing Nice as a playground for the rich.
Stroll along the palm lined Promenade des Anglais which runs the 4 kilometre length of the Baie des Anges. Explore the labyrinth of narrow streets in Vieux Nice spotting red, yellow and ochre Baroque facades. Visit the daily flower market in Cours Saleya, which in summer evenings transforms into a craft market. Art lovers are spoilt with the Matisse and Chagall museums two kilometres north of the centre.
Nice is located 32km away (58 minutes by car) from Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc.
More details on www.nicetourisme.com
In the 12th century Cannes was just a small fishing village trading with the Lerins Islands across the bay. The transformation of Cannes into the centre of hedonism it is today began in 1834 when Lord Brougham, a former Lord Chancellor of England, fell in love with the place and built himself an Italianate villa. The British aristocracy followed him, and soon more villas, hotels and casinos sprung up, along with those iconic palm trees.
Today, the city is famed for film and fashion; hosting the glamorous annual Cannes Film Festival, while La Croisette, curving along the coast, is lined with chic shops and high class hotels. Pick a bar and sip a pastis enjoying the air of glamour and watching the sails bob over the Mediterranean. For some fabulous views climb up to the 14th century Tour de Suquet in the Old Town and cast your mind back to quieter times for les Cannois, when fishing not fashion was the centre of everyone’s life.
Cannes is located 14km away (41 minutes by car) from Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc.
More details on www.cannes-destination.fr
Monaco has been a principality under the Grimaldi family, since 1297 when Francois Grimaldi seized the fortress in the dead of night, disguised as a monk; hence the robed figure on the coat of arms and statue outside the palace. Prince Albert’s great great-grandfather, Charles III, opened a casino in Monte-Carlo in 1863, establishing a firm economy based on high end gambling and first class tourism, for which the principality is renowned. The marriage of Prince Rainier III to American actress Grace Kelly completed the aura of glamour that surrounds this playground of the rich.
There are many things to see while visiting Monaco, including of course visiting one of the four casinos. The State Apartments at the Prince's Palace are built on the site of the fortress. The Oceanographic Museum has a superb collection and rather fabulous sea views, also true of the Exotic Garden after 75 years of planting. If you are visiting in May there’s the Monaco Grand Prix, established in 1929 it is one of the most prestigious motor races in the world.
Monaco is located 57km away (80 minutes by car) from Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc.
More details on www.monte-carlo.mc
The town’s name derived from Torpes, a victim of Nero, who refused to relinquish his Christianity, was promptly beheaded and set adrift with a dog and a rooster, however when they washed up on the shores neither creature had touched the body and so the local people adopted the martyred Torpes as their patron saint. This quiet fishing village with a picturesque port was transformed with the arrival of Maupassant, Signac and Bardot in that order.
Today the chicest travellers in the world flock to Saint-Tropez, mostly by super yacht and Ferrari and the shops are filled with haute couture. There are nearby vineyards to explore where you can sample some delicious Provence rosé and in September the seas are open for "Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez" regatta.
Saint-Tropez is located 101km away (117 minutes by car) from Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc.
More details on www.sainttropeztourisme.com