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7575thomsonalfresco.co.ukRegional Information - FrancePlaces Of Interest & Things To SeeVallon Pont d'ArcThe main tourist centre for the gorges of the Ardèchethis attractive town has many restaurants, souvenirshops, bars and canoe rental centres. This is the bestpoint to start from for a journey through the gorges,either by car or canoe. There is a 17th Century townhall housing tapestries and quaint old squares andstreets.Pont d'ArcFor those who want to enjoy the stunning scenery,visit thePont d'Arc, a natural arc bridge of limestonerock, 30metres high, carved out by the River Ardèche.Gorge de L'ArdècheFor around 30km between Vallon Pont d'Arc andStMartin D'Ardèche, this area is known locally astheGrand Canyon of Europe. The river Ardèche windsits way through steep canyon walls making this afantastic location for canoeing, climbing and walking. ArlesA gateway to the Camargue; the site of the bestpreserved Roman monument in the region and hometo some of thefinest museums in rural France, Arlèshas something for everyone.RuomsThis village is full of charm with an old centre andmain street of bars, shops and cafes. Stone used tobe quarried here and was used to build the bridgeatAvignon, the fountain at Pont-Saint-Esprit andneighbouring Nimes amongst other towns and villagesin the area. Up the valleyfrom the village is 'Défilés',aseries of tunnels and impressive vaults.SampzonThe Ardèche river meanders around this small villagewhich is dominated by the Sampzon rock, a startingpoint for a variety of walking trails. From its heightsthe whole region can be viewed.Balazuc12th century Balazuc is a picturesque, medievalvillageof stone houses perched on a cliff top withspectacular views overlooking a secluded gorge of theriver Ardèche. The village square has shops, carvedfrom the rock and adelightful 12th century church.St. Jean du Gard A pretty town on the river Gardon near to the gorgesof the Ardèche and Tarn. Take a trip onboard thesteam train between viaducts and tunnels to discoverfabulous scenery. Fun For All The FamilyArdèche Miniature, Soyons A display of miniature landmarks of Ardèche, from theMont Gerbier de Jonc to the Pont d'Arc, with riversand mountains.Aquatropic Water ParkWaterslides, wave machines and a crazy river providea fun day for the whole family.Peaugres SafariNear Annonay, 800 animals from all over theworldhave a home in the Safari's 80 hectares ofmeadowland, woods and ponds. Drive throughthepark to see the big cats, bears, bison andhippopotamuses, and by foot see other animalssuchas stoats and seals.Jurassic ParkTake a step back in time with a visit to a park like noother!The mammoth, brontosaurus and the mightytyrannosaurus, otherwise know as T-Rex, havebeenreconstructed to life-size in three hectaresofnaturalparkland. Viaduc 07Take a trip on a 1950's railcar, covering 10 milescrossing five viaducts. You will also get the chancetosee a working model of the 1950's railways. Atlantide Park A huge tropical aquarium with over 50 aquariumsanda tropical river. Includes fish such as sharks andelectric eels. Watch the sharks being fed and learnabout fish such as piranhas and electric eels. Things To DoOutdoor adventureThe rugged Ardèche provides plenty of outdoorsports, including rock-climbing, canoeing, caving andmountain biking. Speed down the gorges throughtothe Pont d'Arc. Aven d'OrgnacDiscovered in 1935, the underground caves ofimpressive stalagmites and stalactites are open tothepublic.Huguenots Cave, Vallon Pont d'ArcA natural site exhibiting the human use of the cavesfrom prehistory until today. Tunnels Cave, Vallon Pont d'ArcHave a drink at the bar in the cave and venture to theunderground lake that connects to the Ardèche river.Madeleine cave, St RemèzeOne of the world's most outstanding caves created byunderground rivers and a sound and light show ispresented to visitors.Le Pont du GardAn impressive world famous Roman aquaduct. Lavender MuseumLocated in the middle of lavender fields in Sainte-Remèze. See how the oil is distilled by a traditionalmethod and walk around the pretty gardens. FauniscopeA fauna museum which includes an amazing collectionof exotic European insects as well as naturalisedmammals and birds. There are insectariums todiscover spectacular tropical insects and a mini-farmwith domestic animals and dwarf goats, rabbitsandhens.Local Specialities. Chestnuts are the main ingredient and are used asa base for soups and bread.. Marrons glacés -sugar coated chestnuts. La Tarte aux myrtilles - a blueberry tart served hotwithcream. . Picadon - goats' cheese . Red wines made from the Syrah & Grenache grapes Ardèche

Places Of Interest & Things To SeeFréjusFréjus was once a Roman port and many sectionsofthe Roman city can still be seen, such as theamphitheatre where concerts are held during summer.The town has much to offer from its 7kmof longsandy beaches, to its zoo, water amusement park,fun-fair and go kart track. For those looking forhistory you can take a trip to one of the oldestChristian buildings in France, the small cathedralwhich dates back to 4th or 5th century. Port GrimaudPort Grimaud is a modern resort which was createdin1968 as a private lagoon pleasure city. Knownas'Venice on the Riviera' the pastel colouredprovençal style villas are on a series of islets which aredivided by canals and linked by shady squares andneat bridges. The best way to view the resort isbytaking a water-taxi round its many canals, orstrollthrough the maze of narrow streets and Piazzas linedwith many cafés and restaurants. NiceNice is the 5th largest town of France, and is regardedby many as the capital of the Côte d'Azur. Full ofMediterranean character, the old town with itsalleyways and markets contrasts with the broadboulevards and the designer shops of the moderncity. There is very much an Italian influence present inNice, with its narrow streets and maze of alleys andpastel coloured buildings which open out onto sunnysquares. For sightseeing you can visit Place Garibaldi,Saint Martin and Saint Augustin Church or LascarisPalace. There are many museums to choosefromsuch as: The Modern Art and Contemporary Artmuseums, The Asian Arts museum, The Fine Artsmuseum, The Chagall museum, Cimiez Archaeologicalmuseum and the Matisse museum.MonacoMonaco well known for its twisting 3km GrandPrixstreet circuit has so much more to offer.Itcomprises of three separate towns, Monaco itself, LaCondamine, the commercial centre, andMonte-Carlowith the casino, amarina filled with million poundyachts and exclusive hotels, shops and restaurants.The parks and gardens arebeautiful and the seafrontand views are outstanding. While here why not seetheGaléa collection of dolls and automata whichareprobably the best in the world, anddon't forgettoseehow royalty lives in the Palais duPrince.St RaphaëlSt Raphaël is a big family resort at the foot of theEstérel mountains. It offers an azur sea, 36km ofwinding coastline, amarina, palm trees and golfcourses alongwith a wealth of natural heritage. Withbeaches offering plenty of watersports and a topscuba diving centre with many trips to WWIIshipwrecks off its coast, those who love the waterwilllove St Raphaël. St TropezWith narrow, winding streets, habour-side cafés andluxury yachts, this once small fishing port is now asophisticated resort where luxury yachts surround thearea. Explore the narrow streets andmedieval squaresof the old town, with their colourful markets, chicboutiques and romantic bistros. Along the quaysideyou will find many pavement artists, along with awhole selection of smart cafés. In the evening the'Place des Lices' becomes a vast boules arena.Thereare a number of museums such as 'Musée deI'Annonciade' which displays an impressive collectionof modern art including works by Matisse, Bonnardand Dufy, but the real attraction of St. Tropez is beingthere to see, and be seen!The Massif de I'EstérelThis is a stunning volcanic mountain range covered bydense forest providing a choice of excellent walkingand cycling routes. The Estérel was born 250 millionyears ago as the earth's plates moved and thenfissured allowing lava to reach their surface andfromthis came the purple coloured rock.CannesCannes started life as a simple fishing village and takesits name from the canes and reeds of the surroundingarea. Now it is renowned for the film festival, andwhere the rich and famous saunter in the huge yachtsanchored in the bay. Cannes is one of the smartestresorts on the Riviera, which has a sweepingpromenade and stylish cafés lined with palm treesoverlooking the beach. It's second only to Paris as theshopping capital of France and the areas around theCroisette and Rue d'Antibes offer the best choice. GrasseFor centuries, this 18th century village with its distinctred and orange tile roofs rising up the slopes of thepre-alps has been one of France's most importantcentres of Perfume production. There are morethan40 perfumeries in Grasse and some such asFragonard, Galimard and Molinard run tours withtheopportunity to buy the fragrances. AntibesA lively old port at the heart of a big modern townwith narrow streets and pretty squares and oneofthefinest markets on the coast. The town issteeped in history and the massive ancient rampartstoday protect old Antibes from flooding. You canvisitthe magnificent 16th century Château Grimaldi,theformer residence of the Grimaldi family, whichtoday houses one of the worlds finest collectionsofpaintings and other works by Picasso. Fun For All The FamilyAquatica Waterpark - FréjusIs the largest waterpark on the Côte d'Azur withanarray of waterslides, an enchanted river, the biggestwave pool in Europe and spa baths. There's also a kidsparadise catering for younger children along with a bigarea for picnics.Marineland Leisure ParkSituated in Antibes, this large sea-life centre offersafascinating collection of marine shows, aquariums,museums and a transparent tunnel. There aredolphins, seals and killer whales.Beaches to visit: . Ramatuelle. Plage de Pamplonne. Les Graniers. Plages de Juan-les-Pins. Fréjus plage. Plages de Théoule-sur-merThings To DoGolfIf you enjoy golf then the place to be is in StRaphaël.There are a number of golf courses suchas 'Golfe deValescure' - Created in 1895, 'Golf de cap Estérel' - a 9 hole course which overlookstheMediterranean 'Golf de I'Estérel' - Barley, an 18 hole course 3kmfrom thebeaches.Local Specialities. Daube - a thick beef stew.. Salade Nicoise - Tomatoes, beans, potatoes,blackolives, anchovy, lettuce and olive oil andsometimes tuna.. Bouillabaisse - hearty fish soup.. Rouille - An orange coloured sauce with peppers,garlic and saffron.Côte d'Azur76Regional Information - France76thomsonalfresco.co.uk