Cote D'Azur

There is only one thing to say about the Cote d’Azur - that’s Wow! Why? The atmosphere, the views, the beaches, and then there are its villages, towns, and cities.

First of all the atmosphere - as you walk around the Cote d’Azur you feel that little bit special. The sun is shinning, most people are relaxed and chilled out either strolling along or sitting down at one of the many cafés. It just makes you relax as well and soak up the atmosphere The Views - all along the coast from the bay of St Tropez to past Cannes there are places to pull over so you can take photographs. With the blue sky and the calm blue sea, all the different bays along the coast, no high rise buildings, except in the towns and cities and the hills in land covered in trees it just makes it perfect.

The beaches - there are many beaches along the Cote d’ Azur, most have fine sand that gently slopes down into the sea, most of the larger ones have beach cafés. One of the best is at Port Grimaud with a view over the Bay of St Tropez.

The Villages, Towns, and Cities, the villages are full of old buildings, narrow streets, little shops and cafés. One of the best is Grimaud it has a flea market nearby on Sundays where you can find a lot of old and antique items from around the St Tropez area, and then there is Port Grimaud, not to be missed.

The towns - most of the coastal towns have ports with all different size yachts tied up and cafés along the front, well worth a visit. The most famous of cause is St Tropez with its many cafés and its millionaires’ yachts Take a trip around the bay on one of the tourist boats and see the millionaires’ mansions.   One of the best to visit inland high in the hills is Grasse with its many perfume distilleries. 

The cities - the most famous is Monaco with its palace, casino, port and of course its Grand Prix well worth a visit and then there’s Cannes with its many shops and of cause its film festival.

The Cote d’Azur area for Couriers by Lynette Johnson and Andy HackneyWe have worked on four of the campsites on the Cote d’Azur, Holiday Green, Domaine des Naïades, Pachacaïd and Residence du Campeur.

Let’s start with Holiday Green, set in the hills behind Frejus with wonderful views of the valley down towards the coast. The site itself is set on the side of a hill; you need to be fit to work on this one. It has a great pool and bar area that you are allowed to use but no discount at the bar for staff. It has a good sized supermarket but no other supermarket or bars nearby, you need transport to go anywhere. Wi-Fi is limited to the main reception area. But one of the best things on site is the staff accommodation, a two bed mobile. If you have got transport it is easy to get to the motorway and then anywhere on the Cote d’Azur.

Domaine des Naïades, Set on a hillside close to Port Grimaud with views over the valley and just a short walk from the beach, probably one of the best with its views of the bay of St Tropez. It has a nice pool area but they are very strict on what you can wear. The bar and bar staff are brilliant and all staff including Canvas get discount. There is a good size supermarket (new in 2010) there are two other supermarkets you can cycle to close by.

Wi-Fi can be picked up in most areas of the campsite. There is a bowling alley close by with a few bars on the coast road and Port Grimaud is in walking distance for the nightlife. The live area in 2010 was set up right at the top of the site and as the site is very long and climbs up the hill you have to be very fit to get about.

Pachacaïd. Located on a very steep hillside behind St Tropez near St Tropez airport (small airport for light aircraft not a problem) no views of St Tropez or the sea. But with views of the wooded hillsides near by. The site has a water park with large slides, a small supermarket; there are no other supermarkets near by and a medium size bar area. No other bars in walking distance, Wi-Fi can be picked up in most parts of the site. To go anywhere outside of this site you need transport.

The canvas reception and live area are on the opposite side of the road to the entrance; this is shared with six or seven other companies.

Residence du Campeur. This campsite as far as we know is no longer being used.

The Cote d’Azur is a spectacular area to work in with its great beaches, its vibrant nightlife and its spectacular views. You can get the bus on the coastal road that takes you to St Tropez or to St Raphael and then at St Raphael you can get a train to Cannes or Monaco   you can also get a ferry from two or thee points along the coast to take you to St Tropez or if you have transport you can get inland to the Gorges du Verdon and the perfume distilleries in Grasse.

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