Wander round Fayence
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.
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 a few restaurants around the lake in which to enjoy lunch or a cool drink. There are little lake beaches from which to swim. Fishing permits are available too.
... may like to try the two 9-hole golf courses at Terre Blanche, in nearby Tourrettes.
Art and crafts
There are a number of galleries and studio workshops (ateliers) in and around the picturesque Seillans (another hilltop village about 10km away), and further west in Salernes, an important centre for ceramics. Make a day of it and create your own unofficial ‘art trail’.
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.
Have a cookery lesson
Book yourself on a course at the Institut Gastronomie Riviera in Seillans, and learn about French cuisine from a pro.
Head northwest 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.
Family day out
Espace Marineland, a 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.
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.
What a view!
If you have a head for heights, drive up the winding hairpin road from Fayence to the 'perched village' of Mons, set high in the hills, giving it the most breathtaking views down to the Mediterranean Sea.
Grasse, the Perfume capital
Grasse 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.
at the Cours Honoré Cresp in the centre of Grasse, every Wednesday morning throughout the year.
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.
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