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Vacation Rentals In The South of France - Cannes   by Richard Rspad

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Located in the south of France, the beach town of Cannes is legendary. Vacation rentals in Cannes can be inexpensive unless you are trying to catch the famous film festival.

Vacation Rentals In The South of France - Cannes

When you hear the name Cannes, a beautiful southern French town on the Cote d'Azur, you might automatically think of the famous Cannes Film Festival. While this is a major event in Cannes, it is certainly not the only reason to take a trip here. Whether you want to experience the tranquil blue waters of the Rivera or the atmosphere of a small French town, Cannes is a great place to enjoy a vacation. Rentals in Cannes make it easy to spend as little time or as long as you would like in the village, and you can set up your own home away from home.
Mandelieu la Napoule is one of the unique places in Cannes. Frankly, it is a bit of a secret. The house is located up on the hills surrounding Cannes, which is nice when you need a bit of piece and quite. It has an open French charm, and sleeps four to six people. The key to the place is the pool and view, which is to die for as it overlooks the town and ocean. This is a great place to kick back and just take in the sunset with a cool drink. For those who like to party the night away, it is also a great place to watch sunrises! The rental will set you back between 300 and 600 Euros a night depending on the season.

If you are interested in hobnobbing with the celebrities at the Cannes Film Festival, be sure to schedule your trip for the appropriate time - usually in May. (In 2007, the Festival will take place between May 17 and May 28). You will need to be credentialed as a film industry professional, however, to get into the events. Most of the screenings and other festivities are not open to the general public.

Lodgings in Cannes are often booked well in advance of a trip, so make sure to consult your travel agent about the possibility of renting an open one. One such beautiful location that is available to rent is located only 50 meters from La Croisette, and its two bedrooms, dining room, living room, day room and more easily accommodates eight people. 

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This style of lodging is common among those for rent in Cannes, and they can cost about 2900 Euros per week in the high season. Put another way, this is not the spot for the budget traveler.

Whenever you choose to visit the south of France, make sure to look into private rentals in Cannes. By staying for an extended period in one of these comfortable places, you can be sure to get a real feel for living in the south of France. The beauty and charm of Cannes is world-renowned, so making a trip here is definitely a luxury worth spending your money on!

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Nice's Top Four Drives    by Fiona Hilliard

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A short drive in any direction from Nice will take you to charming villages, unspoilt landscapes and dramatic scenery. What are you waiting for-pack up the hire car, roll out the map and hit the road!
1.Eze-y Does It

The pretty medieval village of Eze can be reached within 11km of the city of Nice and boasts a range of interesting cultural and historical attractions. The village has a dramatic location, perched high above the Mediterranean on a rocky hilltop. A walking tour of the village gives visitors the chance to absorb remarkable feats of engineering and architecture. First stop should be the town's 12th century castle which sits on a narrow craggy peak.

The castle was torn down during a turbulent era in the 17th century, but its attractive grounds survive to this day. Jardin Exotique is to be found in the grounds presently and offers visitors panoramic views of the coast from 429m high. The view doesn't come cheap however and a generous donation is expected.

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Visitors are encouraged to sample the sweet enterprise of the region at either Parfumerie Galimard or Parfumerie Fragonard perfumeries, both of which are situated in Eze village. The perfume factories offer guided tours, with special discount rates available to groups.

2. Picturesque Peillon

Heading 20km outside of Nice, you'll reach the fortified medieval village of Peillon, which is regarded by many to be the most beautiful village on the Cote d'Azur. The hill's clinging grey and white structures offer fantastic opportunities for photographs and it's well worth bringing your camera along for the journey.

The village is pedestrian-only, meaning you'll have to park your hire car at the plaza at the base of the village and make your way to the centre under your own steam. The stroll allows you to take advantage of stunning views of the village's stepped terraces and narrow winding streets.

As Peillon has not been subject to the usual tacky commercialisation, it's possible to purchase an authentic memento of your trip from the village's only gift shop 'La Maiouneta'. The shop is situated close to the fountain and sells local produce, as well as paintings and ceramic creations by local artists.

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3. Gorge-ous Loup Gorges

The spectacular Gorges Du Loup is well worth a journey. This area of fragile natural beauty can be accessed 40km from Nice via the D2210 road, which runs along the Châteauneuf-Pré Du Lac close to nearby Grasse.

Follow the D6 at the bottom of the valley at Pont-du-Loup, where, if you look upwards through the ultra narrow gorge, you'll see the town of Gourdon perched on the cliffs high above, as well as the shattered, bomb-scarred pillars of the railway viaduct which sweeps cleanly around the valley.Driving another 4km on this route, allows you to catch a glimpse of the Cascade de Courmes waterfall, spraying craggy moss-dappled boulders and leafy undergrowth in its path. The waterfall then makes a deafening 40m plunge, well worth inspecting in person. Parking places are limited so it's best to leave the car at the exit of the first tunnel.

4. Magic Mougins

Mougins' pretty medieval charms have long attracted artists and dignitaries to this town. Spanish artist Pablo Picasso spent the last few years of his life in Mougins and visitors to Mougins will find many local exhibitions dedicated to the artist. . It's easy to while away a few hours browsing the village's studios and galleries. The Museum of Photography in Mougins is definitely worth a look. Here you'll find a fascinating permanent collection of Picasso portraits.

Mougins is renowned for its excellent cuisine and hungry day-trippers are guaranteed to find something to silence rumbling tummies; whether you opt for fine dining at the famous Michelin starred Moulin de Mougins restaurant or simple cheap local eats from one of the town's atmospheric cafés. The journey to Mougins also takes you through fragrant Grasse, regarded as the international capital of perfume.

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About the Author - Fiona Hilliard is a freelance journalist and writer who specialises in writing travel features for print and on-line media. Car Hire Nice


Apartment Hugo Park 102, Central Nice, France (Ref: 30120)
Recently renovated 1 kingsize bedroom contempory apartment in a beautiful Belle Epoque Building in central Nice, 400m to beach, 200m shops & restaurants. The apartment has an open plan kitchen and lounge. The kitchen has all new appliances and is fully equipped. The lounge opens up to french windows (double glazed) onto a Balconette overlooking the church on the square. The dining area seats 4. Satillite TV (English channels) and flat screen TV complements the lounge. The sofabed easily pulls out to add a double bed or there is a portable cot for babies.   Sleeps 4.

Apartment Meyerbeer- Carre D'or, Nice (Ref: 62385) Nice
2 bedroom apartment, 70 m2 Located 90 seconds from Promenade Des Anglais and 100m from the Pedestrian district. Very central location with ocean view from own balcony. 10% early booking discount. The property is in the area known locally as "The Golden Square" (Carre Dor). This apartment is in an ideal location in the Center of Nice, due to its proximity to the beaches, bars and restaurants, as well as main transportation links to the rest of France. The property is within walking distance of all major activities and landmarks within Nice, and for trips further afield (such as a day trip to Monaco) the main train station is just an 800m (0.5 mile) walk from your front door.   Sleeps 5.

Les Palais des Fleurs (Ref: 30845) Apartment in Nice
Luxury Bourgeois 2 bedroomed, 4th Floor apartment, 3 Balconies with lift - Palais des Fleurs , Musicians Quarter, Centre Nice near lots designer shops bars & restaurants. A truly magnificent opportunity to spend your holiday in one of the most beautiful Bourgeois buildings in Nice. We are a 7mins walk to the beach and the Promenade des Anglais. The apartment is situated in the "Palais des Fleurs" on the 4th Floor and comes complete with a lift and 3 lovely balconies.Two balconies to both bedrooms and one off the living room complete with table and chairs. There is free broadband internet connection for your disposal.  Sleeps 4.

Les Residences (Ref: 2388) self-catering apartment in La Garde Freinet
Stunning apartment in La Garde Freinet - Cote D'Azur - Private grounds with lawns, orchard, swimming pool and tennis court. 15 mins to St Tropez.  The apartment forms part of a stone-built property which was originally a small traditional cork factory producing corks for the local vineyards from the bark of the oaks which surround the village. The property benefits from its own private grounds with lawns, orchard, swimming pool and tennis court. The apartment has a large double bedroom / Mezzanine area and has further accomodation in the living room for a further two guests, ideal if you have children.  Sleeps 4.

Lux. Apartment - Palais de la Méditerranée, Nice (Ref: 20897)
South facing apartment in Nice, Côte DAzur, Riviera, France. Located in Les Résidences du Palais de la Méditerranée which offers its residents a mythical address in a golden triangle between the Rue de France, the Rue du Congres and the Promenade des Anglais. Experience the best of Nice in a prime location in the centre of Nice. There is a Guardian in the complex, which has a video entry phone system, which makes it very safe. Direct pedestrian access to the legendary Promenade des Anglais, lined with palm trees and luxury hotels.  Sleeps 6.
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