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.
Enjoy meal at the restaurant on the 'domaine', or treat yourself to a massage or beauty treatment at the spa centre. There are also tennis courts to use free of charge, so don't forget to bring your racquets!
... 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 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’.
Take a cookery class
Book yourself on a course at the Institut Gastronomie Riviera in Seillans, and learn about French cuisine from a pro.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you have brought bikes with you
there is a BMX/mountain bike park next to the Aérodrome in Fayence. Road cyclists can find some interesting (read challenging!) routes around the surrounding hilltop villages. Bicycles can be hired from nearby Montauroux.
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.
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.
is available in Fayence so why not admire the local area on horseback!
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.
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.
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