is internationally renowned for its perfume production, and offers ample opportunity to sample and buy perfumes and a wide variety of fragranced goods as well as discovering the origins of perfume making at the Fragonard, Molinard or Galimard perfume factories or at the fascinating Musée International de la Parfumerie. An antiques market is held at the Cours Honoré Cresp every Wednesday morning throughout the year.
...around the picturesque hilltop village of Seillans, as well as nearby villages such as Fayence, Tourrettes, Callian and Montauroux. Explore the cobbled streets and delight in finding a quintessential café or provencal market in the square.
Go for a walk in the woods
Head out onto one of the forest trails surrounding the property, or meander to the local vineyard to stock up on the delicious rosé and other treats.
Drive up to Mons
The narrow winding road is not for the faint-hearted but rewards you with an unrivalled 360 degree view from the main square, being one of the highest hilltop villages in the area.
Art in Seillans
There are a number of galleries and studio workshops (ateliers) in and around Seillans, and further west in Salernes. Make a day of it and create your own unofficial ‘art trail’.
Day at the lake
Have some fun on the water by heading to Lac St Cassien where boats, canoes and pedalo hire are available. There are little lake beaches from which to swim, and café-restaurants for lunch and refreshments. Fishing permits are available too.
For golf fans....
.... try the two 9-hole golf courses at Terre Blanche, in nearby Tourrettes.
St Cézaire Caves
The tour of Les Grottes de St Cézaire takes you down through caverns with features including draperies, stalactites and stalagmites, many with a lovely rose color, eventually reaching the Gouffre Béant at the bottom where a underground river flows past.
Have a cookery lesson
Book yourself on a course at the Institut Gastronomie Riviera in Seillans, and learn about French cuisine from a pro.
Visit Fayence on market day
This hilltop village is a delight to stroll around, its narrow cobbled streets snaking away from the main square, where the market is held every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. If you're feeling energetic, you can climb right to the top of the village for an outstanding view from the ruined chateau. Reward yourself afterwards with a refreshing ice-cream or lunch in one of the various restaurants dotted around the village.
The adventurous among you may like to try gliding at the nearby Aérodrome just south of Fayence - a unique way to enjoy the mountain and sea views of the Cote d'Azur.
A day out in Cannes
A 50 minute drive will take you to perhaps the most famous Riviera town, home to the highly acclaimed Cannes Film Festival. Take a peek at how the other half live by driving down the main drag of La Croisette which contains some of the most expensive real estate outside of Paris. Here, you can also find numerous designer name boutiques for some great retail therapy.
Monkeying around at ‘Adventure Forest'
Approx. an hour and a quarter’s drive from Seillans, this high ropes course is set among trees overlooking the Verdon river. There is a series of challenges to tackle, between 2 and 12 metres off the ground, from tightropes, to rope swings and rope bridges! There are even two ‘death slide’ zip wires for the most daring, although of course everyone is harnessed for full safety.
Family day out to Espace Marineland
This massive marine park just outside of Antibes on the coast has over 4000 animals, including a tropical reef aquarium, a shark tunnel, polar bears and penguins, and shows of sea lions, orcas and dolphins. On the same site, there is also the Aquasplash water park, the ‘Far West’ theme park and Adventure Golf. Plus plenty of play areas, picnic spots and restaurants.
Parc Zoologique de Fréjus
Built in 1971, this Zoological Parc stretches over a vast 20 hectares, which can visited either by foot or in the car. It boasts over 110 different species of mammals, reptiles and birds, and is a fantastically entertaining and educational day out for all the family.
Head northwest into the Var region to see the spectacular gorge, 25km long and 700 metres deep, formed by the Verdon river whose mineral deposits turn it a startling turquoise. Take a day to drive around the hairpin bends above the canyon, go walking or climbing in the National Park, or even hire kayaks to explore the waterways.
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