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Jammin Juan-les-Pins

Post by Sharat | July 14, 2018 | See France Destination Guides | Comment
Jammin Juan-les-Pins

Juan-les-Pins sits on the French Riviera right next to Antibes and both resorts are often combined and called Antibes-Juan-les-Pins. Juan-les-Pins itself only became famous during the early 20th century because many celebrities such as Ernest Hemingway and Charlie Chaplin used to visit. Its popularity has continued since those early days and during the summer it is an extremely lively summer resort complete with beaches and ocean during the day giving way to a nightlife filled with casinos, clubs and bars.

Beaches at Juan-les-Pins

Whilst the more historically inclined may prefer to visit Antibes instead, if you are a beach goer then Juan-les-Pins is the better choice. Check out the Plage de Gallice and Plage Epi Hollywood, both of which are small beaches located in the heart of town. They are extremely popular however large sections are private and off limits to the general public. If you want a longer beach head west where the main beach is located. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from on the beach in the centre of Juan-les-Pins and it is possible to obtain hotel accommodation very nearby.

Jazz festival of Antibes-Juan-les-Pins

The beaches in these resort towns serve as host to a jazz festival that spans ten days during the middle of July every year. This festival has been an annual event for the last half century and is the second most important jazz event in the world on the calendar. Over the decades it has attracted all the jazz greats ranging from Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins. If you are a jazz fan then you will love the fact that some of these jazz greats have had their handprints preserved for posterity near the stage area. The festival continues to attract jazz legends to this day so if you are planning to visit, you could time your trip to coincide with the festival because it is a great time to visit.

juan les pins by mauro, on Flickr

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Beautiful Hyeres

Post by Sharat | July 7, 2018 | See France Destination Guides | Comment
Beautiful Hyeres

Hyeres is a beautiful French Riviera town in a prime location with plenty of beaches and some lovely Mediterranean countryside nearby just waiting to be explored. Hyeres became popular with the rich and powerful towards the end of the 19th century largely because of its palm tree industry. As a result, many of the houses you will see in Hyeres were built during this period. You will also see plenty of palm trees that serve as a reminder of its heritage and an industry that remains important to this day. If you are thinking about visiting here is a guide.

Exploring Hyeres

Hyeres is not a small town and its centre is rather interesting. There is an older section complete with medieval houses and narrow streets and there is a newer section that is more modern with wider roads and plenty of shopping. There are a number of huge villas dating back to the 19th century that were built when the town started to develop a reputation as a beach resort. Make sure you allocate enough time to explore the town fully, you won’t regret it.

Visit the tourist office

You should start your visit at the Tourist Office which lies a little to the East of the centre of town. There you will get a map that highlights two separate walks, one which explores the Old Town and the other, 19th century Hyeres. You should probably start of with the old town first because it requires the most effort to explore. Visit the Place Massillon which lies at the heart of the old town and is surrounded by colourful houses and cafes.

Check our the castle ruins

Sitting on a hill overlooking the town are the ruins of the 11th century Castle of Hyeres which you can visit. The castle itself was reinforced and expanded two centuries after construction and was ultimately destroyed at the end of the 16th century. There are some great views to be had from here so do make sure you visit. Upon your return to town you should visit the Villa Noailles that was designed in the 1920’s by acclaimed architect Robert Mallet Stevens and is one of the first modernist houses ever built in France.

Hang at the beaches

Hyeres itself is not located exactly on the coast, nevertheless there are still plenty of fine beaches very close by. The main beach is the Plage de l’Almanarre to the south of the town on the Presqu’ile de Giens. The climate is a little windy thanks to strong winds that originate offshore as well as those that blow from the North. Which beach you decide to visit will really depend on which set of winds you want protection from the most. You have a range of beaches dotted around the peninsula which means you have the option of facing either East or West.

Street view – Hyères by Ronald van der Graaf, France, on Flickr

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Guide To Grimaud

Post by Sharat | June 28, 2018 | See France Destination Guides | Comment
Guide To Grimaud

Grimaud is a village in Provence that is not far away from Saint-Tropez. Its history dates back to the Roman era because it occupies a strategic position that allowed its castle to dominate the entire area right until the 17th century. In fact, it was so important that the Gulf of Saint-Tropez was known as the Gulf of Grimaud until the end of the 19th century. If you visit this sleepy village today, you will probably find that all rather hard to believe.

Exploring Grimaud

There are a number of parking locations around Grimaud some of which are free, others require payment. If you want convenience, then park on the main road of the village, right next to the tourist office. Obviously, this is going to cost you money. No matter where you end up parking though, you need to start your trip at the tourist office where you can pick up a map of the village and its highlights. You can take a lift next to the tourist village up to the old village.

The old village

The old village used to serve as the centre of Grimaud and there is lots to see and you should spend time doing so. The lift will take you to Place Nueve which is a relatively recent addition to Grimaud having been built in the 19th century. There is a fountain that was built to deliver water to the town from the valley and before its construction Grimaud has no reliable source of water. This part of town is also where you will find most of its restaurants so it is definitely worth checking out.

The Church

You should pay a visit to the Church of Saint-Michael which serves as the main church in the village. It is quite a pretty building, constructed at the end of the 12th century in Roman style. Inside there are some wonderful medieval frescoes and behind the main building is a small chapel added during the 17th century. If you travel a little further you will reach the windmill that was added around the same time and was restored to mint condition in 1990.

Château de Grimaud

After having explored the village you should climb up the hill to the castle. The chateau can trace its origin back to the 11th century, though its defensive walls were added in the 13th century and other buildings were constructed after that. Grimaud was extremely prosperous in the period immediately following the 11th century until war and plague forced the people to live behind the fortification towards the end of the 14th century. The fortified village continued to grow up until the 17th century at which point it was abandoned following the revolution. The ruins of the castle are well worth exploring and there are some lovely views to be had that will take you as far as the Mediterranean.

Medieval Grimaud by Vasse Nicolas Antoine, on Flickr

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Guide To Greoux-les-Bains

Post by Sharat | June 21, 2018 | See France Destination Guides | Comment
Guide ToGreoux-les-Bains

Greoux-les-Bains is a town in Provence that is perhaps best known as being a centre for high quality thermal waters. Its reputation is a long one, going back as far as 2000 years ago when the Romans controlled the region. The town itself is fairly typical for Provence and has three distinct parts. First there is the castle that sits above Greoux-les-Bainshill, second is the town centre filled with cafes and shops and finally there are of course the famous thermal baths.

Exploring Gréoux-les-Bains

Greoux-les-Bains is not exactly a major tourist destination unless you are someone who likes taking thermal baths, however if you are visiting Provence and are nearby you will have a pleasant experience. If you want a taste of history visit the Chateau des Hospitaliers de Saint-Jean which is a templar castle built during the 12th century and are now stands in ruins overlooking the town. The castle itself is in bad condition and there is not much to do when you get there, but it is a lovely spot for a picnic and there are some scenic views of the town below.

Town centre and spa

The town centre is wonderful and you will really enjoy exploring it, stopping of at any one of the numerous cafes throughout the day if it gets really hot. There are some narrow winding medieval streets you can wander around where you will find treasures such as a traditional lavoir or a babbling fountain. If you have time make sure you visit the Church of Notre Dame les Ormeaux. If you want a bit of pampering head to the spa which is one of the leading centres in France. The town baths offer a wide range of treatments, plus there is a restaurant and accommodation. You can end your tour with a walk along the banks of the River Verdon which flows below Greoux-les-Bains. It’s a pretty scenic stroll set against the backdrop of cliffs and trees.

Local highlights

The town of Greoux-les-Bains sits in some very attractive countryside filled with lavender fields. There is a lake nearby which is well worth visiting because there are some lovely walks to be had and you can hire a boat or take a cruise. If you still need more head to the town of Lac de Sainte-Croix where there are plenty of leisure activities you can participate in and of course, there is the unmissable Gorges du Verdon which is very nearby.

Greoux les bains by ADT 04, on Flickr

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Free Day Trip For Future Travel With P&O Ferries – Offer Ends 08-07-2018

Post by Sharat | June 19, 2018 | Travel Deals, Trips to France | Comment
P&O Ferries

P&O Ferries is running a great offer right now if you book a long break to France of five days or more, you will be entitled to free day trip for future travel with P&O Ferries. All you need to do is book a trip by 8th July 2018 and travel any time between now and 30th September 2018. Simply enter coupon code SUMFREEDAY at checkout and this deal could be yours. Hurry, this offer is for a limited time only, so book a trip with P&O Ferries today.

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P&O Ferries is running a great offer right now if you book a long break to France of five days or more, you will be entitled to free pet travel with P&O Ferries. All you need to do is book a trip by 8th July 2018 and travel any time between now and 30th September 2018. Simply enter coupon code SUMPSS-18 at checkout and this deal could be yours. Hurry, this offer is for a limited time only, so book a trip with P&O Ferries today.

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P&O Ferries is running a great offer right now if you book a long break to France of five days or more, you will be entitled to free club lounge upgrade from P&O Ferries. All you need to do is book a trip by 8th July 2018 and travel any time between now and 30th September 2018. Simply enter coupon code SUMCLB-18 at checkout and this deal could be yours. Hurry, this offer is for a limited time only, so book a trip with P&O Ferries today.

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P&O Ferries is running a great offer right now if you book a long break to France of five days or more, you will be entitled to free flexi ticket upgrade from P&O Ferries. All you need to do is book a trip by 8th July 2018 and travel any time between now and 30th September 2018. Simply enter coupon code SUMFLX-18 at checkout and this deal could be yours. Hurry, this offer is for a limited time only, so book a trip with P&O Ferries today.

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P&O Ferries are running a fantastic Summer Nights offer. You could save as much as 20% on your ferries to France on a long stay trip of more than 5 days or on a single ticket. All you need to do to take advantage of this deal is book a trip between Dover to Calais for a night sail between 10pm and 6am on or before 13th August 2018.  You can travel any time between now and 13th December 2018 excluding selected dates. Simply enter voucher code NIGHT20 at checkout and you will save 20% on the ticket price.

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