Head to the perched village of Biot; just below the village if an interesting glassblowing workshop where you can watch the artisans at work. Across the way is the superb International Art Glass Museum, which always has a first-rate exhibition. The small restaurant a bit farther down (we're talking perhaps 4 or 5 places) is much favored by locals; go early for a good lunch.
From Biot, drive up to the pretty small town of Valbonne. Then go over to Vence and St-Paul-de-Vence. On another day make the drive up into the mountains and visit the artisan village of Tourrettes-sur-Loup and perhaps visit the Confiserie Florian confectionary factory (free tours and samples!).
Please spend an entire day in Nice, a beautiful and interesting city. You couldn't possibly do St-Tropez/Monaco/Nice in one day, and Nice is by far the most enjoyable IMO.
No you won't do St Tropez and Monaco on the same day -and some here might suggest St Trop is not worth the candle.
Hope that you are enjoying your stay in Cannes
From Cannes the drive along the coast to St Raphael is spectacular, taking in the Esterel Cap Roux Cap du Dramont. Then perhaps head back via the A8 and if you are keen on perched villages, a selection from Vieux le Cannet, Mougins old village, Mouans Sartoux, Valbonne, Vence via Tourettes sur loup and Gattieres Le Broc should max you out
<<the tour around the Cap d'Antibes and east of Nice La Turbie,the Corniches, St Jean Cap Ferrat. >>
With a car, this definitely would be on my list too. Biot is OK as is Haut de Cagnes... but parking can be difficult and you may find yourself in perched village overload if you try too many ( ..we do :)0
If you want to explore Nice, I would recommend that you leave the car behind for the day and take the train instead- it will be quicker and removes the hassle and expense of car parking in the centre of the city. Consider too breaking the return rail journey to Cannes to look round Antibes old town.and have an evening meal
Great post and great responses. Thank you. I will print out, take with me and do likewise. Thanks.
The name of the restaurant is La Verrier. You can't miss it, as it's the only one there. Along the road to Biot you'll see a sign for Glassworks. Turn in there; a large parking lot will be on your left. Head for the International Art Glass Museum and keep going. The restaurant is at the far end on the left. We usually stop and reserve a table before visiting the glassworks and museum.
I think I posted a review of the restaurant on this site. My husband ordered a daily special with a name I didn't recognize. It turned out to be an incredibly delicious ham hock, carmelized and braised.Edited: 11:54 am, June 08, 2013
Oops! It's Les Verriers.
For Antibes I remommend you just take a stroll down Rue Sade or Rue James Close. Just follow your nose and study the menu boards outside -that's the fun. The open air restaurants in the big square Place National are at their best too now - bedlam in July and August.
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