Things to do.

Water activities/boat rentals

Water JetWind Surfing

Jet Ski: www.jetski-cotedazur.fr "LES ÉLÉPHANTS DE MER" Avenue du Croiseur Léger, 83120 SAINTE MAXIME +33 (0) 6 63 04 65 27 June +33 (04) 94 19 39 13

Windsurfing:

Airwater Club, 51 Avenue du Croiseur Léger le Malin, 83120 Sainte-Maxime

Boat rentals:

Motor boats: Ajc Boat, Port San Peire 83380, LES ISSAMBRES, +33 (0)4 94 55 30 40 ajc@ajc-boat.com

Sail or Motor of all sizes: www.easyboatbooking.com +33 (0) 4 93 91 97 34

Les Issambres sailing center offers yacht rentals and a variety of water activities including diving and snorkeling which are available all year round.

Fishing:

Azur Fishing les Issambres, 13 impasse du temps perdu, 83380 LES ISSAMBRES
06 23 745 715 www.azur-fishing-83.com

WaterparkThalaso-therapie

Beaches & Swimming

Aqualand water park. Frejus RN 98 Quartier Le Capou
Les Calanques includes a large outdoor sea-water swimming pool and a thalassotherapy centre. Allé du Mérou, 83380 Les Issambres, 04.94.55.88.09

The truth is that there are 96 beaches within 50km (30 miles) of the villa, so you can drive in either direction and find a plathora of them. In Les Issambres there are several sandy beaches (where there are no rocks at all) - one is right in the town. There is another called La Gallarde, in direction of St Aygulf, with parking and concessions.

There is a public park along the sea in Les Issambres. It is rocky but the water is so clear. It is really fun for the kids there, so if you have a snorkel or goggles, bring them along. There is also a par course with exercise machines and also picnic tables.

Places to visit nearby

Les Issambres. There is an interesting roman aqua culture ruin on the coast 700 m east of us. The Romans actually did fish farming back in those days

St Tropez Still an internationally known seaside resort for the European and American jet set and a goal for tourists in search of a little Provençal authenticity and an occasional celebrity sighting. It is a great place to dock your 40 M (120 foot) yacht to see and be seen.

Ramatuelle This is a lovely little town on a hilltop near St. Tropez. Our favorite restaurant in the entire area is located there. It is called Les Estable and it is officially on a main street called Victor Leon. You will be in for a real treat though if you enter through the ‘back door’ as it were, on the mediaeval side of the building that you will find if you walk through the round arched entry next to the church on the plaza, and through the warren of back alleys. If you miss it, be sure to leave the restaurant by going upstairs to the exit and not through the main entrance. The adjacent village of Gassin has been designated as one of the most beautiful villages in France.

The Medieval City of Frejus Founded by Julius Caesar in 49BC, it was once the most important port in the Mediterranean. It still has many Roman sites including the amphitheater, a theatre, remains of an aqueduct and two gates. Frejus Plage merges into the more up-market coastal resort of Saint Raphael and of course, plenty of golden sandy beaches and a long promenade lined with palms, shops and restaurants.
Spend the day in the Cathedral Square built on the remains of a 5th century Roman temple where its Baptistry was only discovered in 1925. On Saturday, there's a lovely mixed market in the morning, and then in the afternoon the wedding parties arrive to celebrate their nuptials at the Cathedral where the guests sometimes wear traditional Provencal costumes.

St Raphael extends over 36 kilometers of pristine coastline between the Estérel Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. Visitors are awestruck by the beauty of the coves and inlets that have been carved out of the rock by turquoise waves. You can swim at six public beaches with lifeguards on duty.

Off the beaten path

The Var region, being in the heart of Provence, is known for mouthwatering wines, amazing Roman ruins as well as exceptional nature areas. You will want to explore the region's ancient or medieval towns and villages. The rural heartland is home to many historic cathedrals and abbeys, as well as huge swathes of land devoted to vineyards.
Much of the region is forested and the natural beauty throughout is a massive draw for the visitor. This area of Provence is probably the most popular for tourism thanks to its wealth of natural beauty, ease of access and famous hilltop villages.

Esterel Mountains

The Esterel Massif is a Mediterranean coastal mountain range. The soil and rocks of the range are of volcanic origin, composed mainly of porphyry, which gives the hills a red color. The terrain is rugged, with deep ravines and oak forests. The highest point of the massif is Mont Vinaigre (618 metres). The massif covers an area of 320 km². The nature reserve offers hiking and mountain biking trails

Gorges du Verdon

The Gorge du Verdon lies in the North, is often referred to as France's Grand Canyon and is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.

The beaches from Nice to Antibes are stone beaches and are great for a beach day while keeping relatively clean. In the summer the beaches are lifeguarded and many are public access. On Saturday the booksellers set up their stalls with some amazing antique books and prints.

The Nice chateau, situated between the Old Town and the Port is a great outing. The chateau was originally the site of the fort that guarded the city when it fell in 1706. The views from the top are spectacular and there are ruins to visit.

The Cap d’Antibes has lots of huge mansions and a lighthouse in the middle of the promontory. You can walk around the rocky edge of the cape. Going full circle takes approximately 1+ hours.. It’s an easy walk though with plenty of places to stop to take in the view. Access starts/ends at the Plage Garoupe that has free parking and a small public-access beach.

La Croisette in Cannes offers the best place for Riviera life. You can spend a couple of hours walking the length of it starting at the Palais du Festival (taking pictures on the red carpet, naturally).

On Iles des Lérins near Cannes you love the peacefulness of the car free, nicely preserved islands in the bay of Cannes. Take the 10-minute ferry from Cannes port to one of the two islands. St. Marguerite is the larger, and closer of the two, while St. Honorat has an active monastery and old fort. The two have unpaved trails that criss-cross the island. Pack a picnic and find a little rocky place to put your feet in the Med while you eat. Swimming is fun for advanced swimmers.

Monaco-Aquarium

The Monaco Aquarium is perfect for a rainy day. Parents on the Riviera struggle for rainy-day activities and this one is the top of everybody’s list.

The Riviera is the host of festivals year round, most of which cater to families. Here is an abbreviated list.

January: Monaco Circus

June: Fete de la Musique, 21st of June. A national festival celebrated in each city and town highlighting different styles of music with live performances.

July: Fete Nationale on the 14th (Bastille Day), Jazz in Juan-les-Pins, Nice Jazz Festival in Cimiez

August: Cirque Gruss in Valbonne and Nice.

September & October: Local food and harvest festivals across the region

December: Christmas markets in towns throughout the Riviera and Provence.

Wine Tasting

Wine tasting

Enjoy a glass at the countless vineyards that litter the countryside where you'll be treated to an exquisite taste of France. Among the best are:

Chateau Des Marres, Route des Plages, Ramatuelle

Le Chateau de Chausse, Rue Frederic Mistral, La Croix Valmer

Les Maitres Vignerons, RN 98 La foux, Gassin

 

 

Golf and Miniature golf

Golf de St. Maxime, Avenue du Débarquement, 83120 Sainte-Maxime 04 94 55 02 02

Golf et tennis club de Valescure 725 Avenue des Golfs, 83700 Saint-Raphaël 04 94 82 40 46

Golf Club de Beauvallon, Boulevard des Collines, 83310 Grimaud 04 94 96 16 98

The Mini Golf le Cactus is located at the end of our street, 40 m (120’) from our front door. It is often open until late at night.

 

Cultural site, Castles and Gardens

Provencal Market
Market days

Every town has a market on one day of the week - you can check w the tourist office for the schedule. In the markets you will find a mixture of local produce, artwork, and flea market type things. There are some super great markets, there is a Provencal Market (on Saturdays) in St Tropez and it is really great. Check the tourist office for the markets; they are on specific days in each town... also good to know because parking is rare when there is a market.

Equestrian, Hiking, Cycling and Tennis

There is a tennis club just on the sea in Les Issambres. The courts are cement, no clay. The views from the courts are spectacular and after you play, you can go on the beach and take a swim.

Tennis club de Valescure 725 Avenue des Golfs, 83700 Saint-Raphaël 04 94 82 40 46

mediterranean restaurant

Notable restaurants in the area

The Chante Mer restaurant is located 20 m (60’) from our front door on Place Ottavanie and is listed on the Michelin Guide. It is pointless to give you their phone number as you can walk over there faster than you can dial. www.chantemer.com

The Montfleuri restaurant is located at 3 av. Montfleuri 83120 Sainte-Maxime +33494557510 www.montfleuri.com
The Mercure Thalassa Port Fréjus restaurant is located at 6 quai Dei-Caravello 83600 Fréjus +33494525500 www.thalassa.com

Tourist information

Place San-Peïre, 83380 Les Issambres, 33 (0)4 94 19 89 89

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