• Several alpine ski resorts within a one-hour drive (November to May).
  • Polygone Riviera drive to Vence and follow the way to Nice - around 12 km - big and very fine outside shoppingcenter.
  • The area boasts numerous tennis clubs and golf courses.
  • The Matisse chapter in Vence.
  • The Matisse and the Chagall museum in Nice.
  • The medieval village of St. Paul de Vence.
  • Grasse – centre of the perfume industry.
  • Wine tasting and vineyard wine sales throughout the area.
  • Dolphin show at Antibes Marineland.
  • Hippodrome – the racecourse at Cagnes sur Mer.
  • Fondation Maeght – museum of modern art in St. Paul de Vence.
  • Biot – famous for its glass-making.

La Gaude

Opening hours for most shops: 09.00-12.30 and 15.30-19.30.Shops and restaurants are often closed on Monday afternoons and evenings.

  • Bakery opening hours: 07.00-12.30 and 15.30-19.30.
  • Ecomarche opening hours: 08.30-12.30 and 15.30-19.30, Sundays open from 9.00 until 12.00.
  • Fennechio Icefactory - with ice in cornet or ice for dessert - delecius!
  • Fishstore.
  • Hairdresser (behind Ecomarche).
  • Butcher.
  • Bar where tobacco, stamps, newspapers, etc. are sold.
  • Jardinere.
  • Chemist.
  • Small local restaurant/pizzeria (very good food also take away) La Gaudriole, tel. (0033) 0493 24 88 88.  - 4 Rue Centrale, 06610 La Gaude - on the square by the church.

At the roundabout 1½ km from the villa (on the left when leaving Chemin de l'Adret by car) on the way to St. Jeannet:

  • Super U supermarket – turn right in roundabout. Opening hours: 08.30-12.30 and 15.30-19.00, Friday/Saturday 08.30-19.00. Open sunday 9.00-12.00 in june, july and august.
  • Exquisite bakery and café, open from 6.30 to 19.30 – on the right just before the roundabout.
  • Bank and cash point – on the right just before the roundabour and one more turn right in roundabout, after the petrol station.
  • Pharmacy – turn right in roundabout.
  • Docteur - turn left in roundabout.
  • Bakery/café – turn right in roundabout, just after the petrol station if the first is closed then the other baker is open.
  • Restaurant Mini Thai with take away – on the left just before the roundabout.
  • Ceramic - ond the right just bfore the roundabout.
  • Hairdresser on the left at the busstop just before the roundabout.
  • Esso petrol - station – turn right in roundabout, after Super U.
  • Men's and women's hairdressers before the roundabout.
  • Lunchrestaurant Auberge 4 Chemin opben 11.30-15.00 from Monday-Friday - very good food with bar selling tobacco, stamps etc. – on the roundabout.
  • Hotel La Fontaine de Peyron with restaurant (not very good food) is situated on the roundabout. 
  • Bricomarche Sardo, builders' merchants and DIY centre – between the roundabout and the road to La Gaude.
  • Hotel Mon Soleil , 221 Route de Saint Laurent, 06610 La Gaude

St. Jeannet

Charming medieval mountain village.

  • On the road to St. Jeannet from the roundabout, on the right in a sharp bend, there is a small winery where wine can be tasted and bought. The winery also sells olive oil.
  • St. Jeannet has a couple of restaurants, butcher, baker, greengrocer, etc.

Centre Commercial - approx. 15 km

A large shopping centre on the road between Nice and Carros. To get there, drive down to Carros, cross the bridge and take the road towards Nice. Turn left approx. 6-7 km after the bridge, leaving the main road and crossing a bridge where Centre Commercial is signposted.


The centre contains a huge Carrefour supermarket and many other shops, including shoe shop, children's clothing shop, hairdresser, key cutter, photo shop, sports shop, perfumery, optician, chemist and clothes shop. There is also a cash point, a McDonald's and a Flunch cafeteria.


There are several other large stores in the area, selling shoes, clothes, lamps, furniture, etc., as well as Décathlon (sports shop), Toys "R" Us and Leroy Merlin (builder's merchant and DIY centre).


Vence - approx. 7 km

The pearl of Southern France.

To get there, drive to the roundabout at St. Jeannet and follow the signposts to Vence.


The old part of Vence (within the town wall, beside the large square, under which there is car parking) contains many wonderful shops, selling French specialities, fruit and vegetables, fish, meat, etc. There are also art galleries, restaurants and souvenir shops.


One charming restaurant serves nothing but pancakes (crêpes) – both savoury and sweet varieties. Absolutely delicious!


Besides all this, Vence has everything one would expect in a medium-sized French town.



St. Paul De Vence - approx. 12 km

Drive to Vence, take the road towards Nice and follow the signposts to St. Paul, a quite unique medieval village with many galleries and exciting shops.

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