La Cote d'Azur ... West to East
A beautiful day-trip from Mons at any time of the year. Meander along the coast road from St Raphael to reach the famous fishing village. In the summer it is best to take the 45 minute boat trip from Fréjus to St Tropez.
Fréjus - St Raphael
Home to the charming beaches of Agay and a great starting point for a boat trip to St Tropez (45 mins on the boat), Fréjus is a 45-minute drive from Mons.
Grasse perfumes and museums
Possibly the most important perfume production area in the world, this hill town above Cannes has many museums and showrooms celebrating its history in perfume making. www.fragonard.fr
During the flower harvest season, a westerly wind carries the perfumed scent through the gorges to the Mas.
Cannes is one of the best-known cities of the French Riviera. A busy tourist destination and host of the annual Cannes Film Festival, it is an easy 45-minute drive from Mons.
Famous for hand-made glass, Biot is between Cannes and Antibes.
An ancient fishing port with a charming, lively old town surrounded by a fort, Antibes is full of ateliers, bars and boutiques. It is a popular stop off for luxury yachts. Juan-les-Pins, just next door hosts famous groups for outdoor concerts in the summer.
St Paul de Vence
A hide-away for artists since the 1960's, St Paul de Vence is about 1 hour from Mons. It is a popular destination for art lovers with several art museums and many ateliers in the old village.
From Nice to Monaco... and into Italy if you wish
The coast from Nice to Monaco is dotted with charming fishing villages and backed by spectacular cliffs. The perched village of Eze is not to be missed - precarious and beautiful with views plunging down to the sea. The villages of St Jean Cap Ferrat and Beaulieu often host open-air concerts in the summer.
The Italian border is only 1h30 minutes from Mons.
Monaco and Monte Carlo
The famous super-yachts, the Casino, the Palace, the Grand-Prix..The Principality of Monaco needs no introduction and it is a comfortable 1h15 minutes from Mons.
Menton, home to the famous Fete de la Citron, is a micro climate with citrus trees lining the roads. It is just a few kilometers from Italy and 20 minutes along the coast from Monaco.