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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

Regional Information - France7777Places Of Interest & Things To SeeBordeauxBordeaux offers something for everyone, you canstrollaround the wide boulevards and public gardens, visitthevast cathedral, châteaux, art museum or livelycontemporary art centre soaking up the neoclassicalarchitecture. For shopping Rue Ste-Catherine andCours Clemenceau are the best, but this lively citycomes into its own in the evening with its manyrestaurants and choices of night life. The VineyardsofBordeaux are world famous, with over 1000 sq kmof vineyards around the city. Wines such as Medoc,Sauternes and St Emilion are produced in this area.Labastide-ClairenceThis is a beautiful 14th century village. It has longmainstreet, with numerous alleyways lined with halftimbered and whitewashed houses. The 'Place desArceaux' is the heart of the village, with cafes acrossthe square and there is also a museum of local historyand a number of unique craft shops.PauillacThis is an important area in the Médoc wine region.Ithas aport, used by mainly pleasure boats. The quayprovides picturesque river views, with plenty of cafesserving localwine.St-Jean-De-LuzSt-Jean-De-Luz is a very pretty fishing town renownedfor large catches of sardines. It is a busy resort withbeautiful beaches, and has a crescent shaped bay. It isthe most Basque of the region's beach resorts, it hasplenty of good fish restaurants and stylish shopswitha lively pedestrian centre. The 'Église St-Vincent'church was constructed in the 16th and 17th century.It features an octagonal bell tower topped by anunusual three tiered wooden roof. The ÉcomuséedelaTradition Basque is a multimedia museum ofBasque tradition. It will tell you all you want to knowabout Basque life.BidartHere you will find an introduction to Basquearchitecture and culture. A pretty village with an opensquare, which is home to the 16th century church.BiarritzBiarritz is a stylish coastal town. Known for its finebeach and some of Europe's best surfing. As well asthe beach there is 'Musée de la Mer', Biarritz seamuseum. The aquarium has 24 tanks withunderwaterlife, and there areexhibits on commercial fishing andwhaling. Don't forget to visit the 'Hôtel du Palais'which dominates the Grand Plage. It was originallybuilt for Napoleon III's empress, Eugénie. At night thetown offers many restaurants and casino.Les LandesUntil the 19th century Les Landes was a huge swamp,then many pines were planted to prevent sandbeingblown inland by the Atlantic waves. So todayyouwill see the area covered in thousands of squarekilometres of trees. If you are looking for history, youcan visit the 'Écomusée de Marquéze, where thetraditional way of life can be seen.St ÉmilionThe medieval village, is surrounded by vineyards whichare renowned for their full bodied deeply coloured redwines. Situated on two limestone hills this ancient cityprovides fantastic views over the Dordogne River valley.The village has many stylish shops, restaurants andcafes for you to relax in, oryou can visit the impressiveformer Collêgiale (Collegiate Church) which has anarrow domed Romanesque nave that dates fromthe12th century.DaxDax is one of the oldest spa towns in France, whereyou can see hot water fountains. Why not enjoy amudbath, which are renowned for their healing effect.St-Jean-Pied-De-PortSt-Jean-Pied-De-Port is an old Basque town withgreat charm. The walled town was once the last stopinFrance for pilgrims who converged here from allover the world. Nowadays it's popular for hikers andbikers attempting the pilgrim trail. Surrounded by oldpink sandstone houses and afortified church whichoverlooks the right bank ofthe River Nive, it's a prettytown which has excellent restaurants and folk displaysof Basque singing and dancing. The town's church'Notre Dame du Bout du Pont', has foundationsasoldasthe town itself and the 'Prison des Évêques'(Bishops Prison) is a claustrophobic vaulted cellarwhich served as the town's jail from 1795 and asamilitary lock up in the 19th century.BayonneBayonne is the cultural and economic capital oftheFrench Basque Country with a population ofaround 100,000. This old river port on the Nive isfamous for smoked ham, chocolate, marzipan andbayonets! The arcaded Rue du Port-Neuf has somecharming sweet shops, and old fashioned tea shops.There is much history here, you could visit the 13thcentury Gothic cathedral 'Cathédrale Ste-Marie', or visitMusée Basque et de l'Histoire de Bayonne, whichpresents history and culture of these unique people. PauPau is full of medieval charm and splendour of theRenaissance. The castle boasts one of the biggest andmost beautiful collections of tapestries outside ofParis. You can discover 9centuries of history within thecastle as it oncewas the fortress of the viscounts ofBéarn, then a fort-castle under Gaston Febus andthenbecame a royal residence during the Renaissance.There is also a fine arts museum which boasts abeautiful and rich collection ofpaintings from theFlemish, Dutch, Italian, Spanish and French schoolsfrom the 15th to the20th century.Fun For All The FamilyArcachon's Aqualand WaterparkThis waterpark is just outside Arcachon. It providesagreat day out for the whole family with huge waterchutes, including a wave pool, the black hole, riverrapids and free fall rides.Beaches to visit: . St Jean de Luz - a family friendly sandy beach.Biarritz has many to choose from including:. Grande Plage. Plage Miramar. Plage de la Côte des Basques. Plage de MarbellaLocal Specialities. Foie Gras - Specially prepared livers of geese andducks, seasoned and stuffed with truffles.. Fish and seafood - like carp.. Chorizos - spicy sausage.. Jambon de Bayonne - raw ham, cured in salt andsliced paper thin.. Lamproie - eel-like-fish with leeks, onions and redBordeaux wine.Aquitainethomsonalfresco.co.uk