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Wednesday 27 June 2012

Collioure - A Hidden Gem: Picasso, Matisse, Modern Art & Anchovies

Nestling in a most attractive cove, between Perpignan and the Spanish Border, Collioure is a real treasure to explore and is only a few minutes walk from one of South France Villas properties Villa La Voile.

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With it’s history of attracting Writers, Poets (Antonio Manchado) and Artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Derain (the Master of Fauvism) and Chagall, the Museum of 
Modern Art  -  it’s cobbled streets, summer festivals, beaches, plethora of restaurants - La Voile de Neptune -  , markets and the local speciality of Anchovies  - Collioure is a must visit!

AOC wine

Plus the wine is excellent too – AOC Banyuls and Collioure -  www.abberous.com and don’t forget to try the local Croquant Almond biscuits! available from the shop that sells Regional Specialities at 8 rue Berthelot, Collioure

Collioure, “the village of light” has everything for a magical stay.

Monday 25 June 2012

Pezenas - Famous for Moliere, Bite Sized Tower Shaped Pies & Saturday Markets

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The lovely town of Pezenas , only 20 minutes from the Mediterranean beaches and Beziers, offers history, lovely architecture, culture (Moliere lived there for a time),  restaurants and bars galore, cafes and boutiques plus a fantastic Saturday market.

The town is with walking distance of  Les 3 Pins (HE042A) which has  it’s own tennis court
and is also only 6kms from the fabulous luxury property,  Chateau du BeauParc  and just 8kms from the lovely Maison de Maitre (HE030A).

Chateau du Beau Parc
HE030A Le Manoir
Don’t forget to try the “Petit Pate de Pezenas”  (bite size savoury tower shaped pies) originally brought to the area by Clive of India!          

 To top up your tan, the family resorts of Grau d’Agde and 
Rochelongue  and Valras Plage are easily accessible -

Thursday 21 June 2012



Eze, cote d'azur
The village of Eze (www.eze-riviera.com) is a stone’s throw from the magical Monte Carlo and South France Villas property AM006A Villa Eze 

AM006A Villa Eze

Villa Eze is the perfect location to explore this traditional village, (also known as the “eagles nest” due to its amazing views) and the world famous Riviera.

Follow the village cobbled street (which the donkeys use to transport goods and luggage!) and take coffee on the balcony of the Chateau Eza Restaurant - www.chateauezarestaurant.com which will afford you a unsurpassed vista of the Cote d’Azur coastline 

or meander through the Exotic Gardens at the very peak of the village and enjoy the stunning views and get some “Zen time”.

Or if the mood takes you head off to the Casino at Monte Carlo www.monte-carlo.mc

Wednesday 20 June 2012

Villefranche Sur Mer

VILLEFRANCHE-SUR-MER  - Chic living on the Cote d'Azur.

AM029A Villa Sur Mer
This lovely chic “fishing port” between Nice and Monte Carlo is the ideal location to enjoy all  that this wonderful part of the Cote d’Azur has to offer and if you are staying at South France Villas property AM029A Villa Sur Mer all of this and more is on your doorstep. 


Why not meander down to the waterfront, take an aperitif, people watch and enjoy the  hustle and bustle harbour side as the private yachts anchor in the bay, before visiting one it’s most famous restaurants La Mere Germaine  established in 1938 it’s tradition of fine tables, hospitality, comfort and gastronomy - specialities of fish and seafood particularly the famous bouillabaisse, one of the best in the Region…

Don’t forget too an hommage to Jean Cocteau (writer, poet, artist) is in Villefranche-sur-Mer – so you can get some culture! www.jeancocteau.com

Tuesday 19 June 2012


The Rive Gauche in Marseillan - www.marseillan.com is a lovely spot to while away those long holiday lunches, sit on the port and enjoy tapas or oysters in the array of restaurants lining the port.  Noilly Prat is opposite so why not take the tour – it is fascinating!

If you are staying at at one of South France Villas properties in the Herault, Languedoc Roussillon, such as HE011A Villa Ramistan, the village and port of Marseillan are just a stone’s throw away.