Holidays in Provence usually mean Peter Mayle territory or the Cote d’Azur. Fantastic, that indicates that up in the hills behind Cannes and near Grasse you have a quiet, choose couple of who can take pleasure in all the Fantastic stuff with out the crowds: sunshine, lavender, wine, dramatic countryside, olives, thyme and Terrific food. Still, you can rest pleased with the information that Nice, Cannes, Antibes and other Mediterranean sea towns are 45 minutes away.
Fayence is nestled among the mountains of the Esterel and the lower Alps. It’s in a string of perched villages which incorporate Montauroux, Seillans and Callian – every single 1 no extra than 10 minutes from the subsequent. All these villages have average markets, pleasant restaurants (to suit all budgets) and a sensible collection of day-to-day and tourist shops. None is over-run by foreigners, you cannot purchase curry and there are no fish-and-chip shops. But you can drink Pastis and watch petanque.
Travel to the Fayence region is straightforward. For vehicle drivers, it is around twelve hours door to door from London via Eurostar. Set off bright and early, then aim to break anyplace from Beaune onwards. We’ve stayed in downtown Puligny at Le Montrachet – right in the heart of Burgundy and minutes away from the most useful wine real estate in the globe. We’ve also stayed in Tournus at the classy Hotel de Greuze.
For the brave and armed with books on tape, go on – do it in 1 go.
Air travel takes you to Nice (British Airways, Easyjet and British Midland/BMI) all give routes. You will will need a vehicle, so stay clear of the hassle of queuing and rent 1 from Truche Area. They’ll make a plaque with your name on it and meet you. Leaving, just park the automobile in airport terminal parking and drop your keys in the post. Fayence is around 50 minutes drive from Nice airport.
Those wishing to arbitrage cash for time can try Toulon/Hyeres – closer to two hours following a Ryanair flight.
Fayence is exit 38 (Les Adrets) off the A8 autoroute.
For aquatic activity, you have the beaches, the mountain streams and, nicely, the swimming pool – which can be enjoyed with a Wonderful book. We adore heading off to the mountain gorges of the Siagne and the Siagnole – either side of the 830m high village of Mons. Splash about in “refreshing” streams, dive into rock-pools and plunge in the waterfalls. Or eat your picnic lunch and watch the kids do it. The beaches actually are crowded but a walk down La Croisette in Cannes, lunch by the sea and a fast dip really should not be missed. For a additional intimate expertise, come across a cove in the red rocks Esterel or check out Theoule. Make sure you book ahead for sun lounger: at around 10 euros a day, it is nicely worth it. Marco Polo beach gets our select.
Les gorges du Verdon present some thing for everybody at around 90 minutes drive. Hire a pedalo (with water slide) at Lac St.Croix and meander down the river searching up a number of hundred metres of rock wall. For the walker, take the six hour Sentier Martel hike along the Verdon. (Tip: leave a auto at the end then catch a taxi to the begin point). The a lot more adventurous can pursue hybrid sports like white-water rafting and canyonning: book ahead at Castellane.
Closer to residence, there is a lot of spectacular, difficult hiking (with gorgeous hostelries at either end). For 1200m and above, our best picks are Bauroux (begin in Seranon, exactly where Napoleon stayed on his way to Grenoble in 1815), the plateau de Caussols (among St. Vallier and Gourdon) which affords views of Cannes, Nice and the southern Alps from the identical vantage point. For a riverside walk, head for the Pont des Tuves among St. Cezaire and Mons.
Right after a long challenging day in the sun – temperatures in the summer typical 30 degrees – 1′s mind drifts towards food and drink. Lunch is in no way problematic: baguettes, salad, cheese and saucisson or rillettes are a performed deal, washed down by some rose and followed by juicy, fresh fruit.
For a “quiet” night in, the chefs amongst You’ll prepare the cuisine yourselves. Fayence boasts 3 supermarkets to procure the wherewithal. The Leclerc in Montauroux has the widest selection: in our loved ones the name “smelly Eric’s” has stuck and we have been ticked off for scantily-clad appearances. For the night out, Le Castelleras offers Michelin 1 star top quality (order the menu gastronomique). Mons, Fayence and Seillans all boast sensibly-priced, nicely-ready nearby fare with friendly service.
We like Mons: Le Petit Bonheur, busy and casual in the town square and L’Auberge Provencale with views out across the Esterel and the coastline.
To accompany your meals, there is a splendid and reasonably priced range of neighborhood Provence wines to sample – supermarket output is fine for everyday quaffing. For the connoisseurs, a go to to the Maison des Vins in Les Arcs will deepen your liquid information.
Tired, delight in a coffee and a marc de Provence under the stars – there is no light pollution up here in the hills.
For extra Provence holiday expertise, go to Go Provence. To rent a farmhouse in Provence away from it all, see our Provencal mas for rent.