Théoule - Le Treyas - Miramar Bay - Agay
L'Esterel region along the coast of the South of France is dominated by wonderful huge red rocks . . .
such as these in the Miramar Bay.
West of Cannes
and La Napoule
is a pretty area which forms the gateway to the L'Esterel by the name of
Théoule Sur Mer Traffic along the Riviera can be purgatory with traffic jams all along the coast - so don't rely on getting here quickly . . . Many more villas have been built here over the past 100 years
but it retains a charm and a chic
and is most noted for the most amazing piece of 20th century architecture . . . Pierre Cardin's villa known as the Palais Bulles which was designed in 1968 by the Finnish architect Antti Lovag.
Perhaps the inspiration for TellyTubbies, this villa contains no straight surfaces and is a piece of modern design that has yet to be surpassed.
Further around the coast
is the bay at
It is dominated by the viaduct of the coastal railway which was the engineering triumph of the early 20th century and which was singularly responsible for bringing tourism to the South of France.
Behind the viaduct is an excellent looking campsite and the sandy beach beckons -
After the Miramar bay westwards is
It hasn't expanded much and it's still comparatively quiet with a comparitively small but pleasant sandy beach
For some miles towards St Raphael the road winds along the coast
occasionally meeting up with the railway and then departing around a "cap", interspersed with beautiful sandy beaches
before finally leading into the Agay bay.
which is a good and popular beach
with convenient small supermarkets in a small complex on the front. The Webmaster's children plead to be driven here from Antibes
as they sell banana juice here which they can't get anywhere else . . . and it's a spectacular coastline to enjoy for a nice afternoon drive!
SOUTH OF FRANCE HOLIDAY RENTALS
Riviera Vacation rentals
Modern photos by David Pinnegar, Heritage Consultant
- French Riviera Cote d'Azur: House to rent at La Napoule between Cannes and l'Esterel, 3 bedrooms with swimming pool, tennis courts and Boules courts. Sleeps six. Currently long-term unavailable.