Parc Vaugrenier – Villeneuve Loubet

Parc Vaugrenier is a park that we visit regularly and it’s easily accessible for many people visiting the region who may be staying in Villeneuve Loubet/Baie des Anges, Cagnes sur Mer, Biot, or Antibes.

Vaugrenier : A past Roman site

Located off the RN7, the park is around 100 hectares of grass areas, forests and a lake with a number of outdoor activities possible there such as walking, picnicking and bird watching.

In the 12th century BC, Romans occupied the site and archaeological discoveries by the Nice-Sophia University have found remnants of a Roman village and a temple dedicated to Mercury.

Family-friendly park

We like going there because it has a mix of things to keep kids entertained including a playground zone with various play equipment for different ages, a bird watching hut, nature trails and picnic tables. There are also lots of trees which is a god send on hot days in summer!

The park has many dirt pathways for nature walks, and it’s accessible with baby strollers. Visitors in electric wheelchairs can also access the park and pathways though some of the ground surfaces are small gravel chip.

Pros

  • Lots of free carparking
  • Fenced playground zone with various play equipment for different ages. This play area also has swings (very hard to find on the French Riviera!)
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Playground zone at Parc Vaugrenier

  • Wooden confidence course with balancing beams – suitable for 2 years upwards with adult supervision, and even my 5-year old son still enjoys it.
Wooden confidence course at Parc Vaugrenier

Wooden confidence course at Parc Vaugrenier

  • Nature trails with information plaques about animals and plants, and treasure hunts; really educational for kidsVaug3Vaug1
  • Bird watching hut to see herons, ducks etc.  There are tortoises there but they are a pest in the lake and you are not permitted to feed them!

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  • Lots of grassed areas and picnic tables
  • A 1.9 kilometre fitness trail with around 20 wooden fitness structures
  • Accessible toilets near the carpark on avenue du Logis de Bonneau
  • If you arrive at the park via Avenue de Vaugrenier you may see Château de Vaugrenier, located off the main road.  It’s not very well known and unfortunately is not open to the public for walk-in visits.   The Château is only open to be visited by the public between 01 July and 30 September by booking directly with the Château or by arrangement with Villeneuve Loubet Tourism Office; it is also open on the Heritage Days.  You can also rent it for a special event, for example a wedding or private party.

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  • Irregular and badly timed maintenance at the playgrounds – I understand if there are safety issues or things need to be replaced, however this is the 3rd year in a row at least one of the playgrounds has been closed and fenced off during summer when its the optimum time for families to want to use it! (see photo above).  The playground zone also has very little shade and some sizeable pot holes in the dirt which have caused a few sprained ankles for kids.
  • Only one toilet block  so if you park via the other entrances there’s no toilets nearby.

How to get to Parc Vaugrenier

By car:  Parc Vaugrenier is situated on the RN7 in between Antibes and Baie des Anges at Villeneuve Loubet.  There are free carparks accessed by Avenue de Vaugrenier, Boulevard des Groules or Avenue du Logis de Bonneau.  (The main carpark near the playground area is off Avenue du Logis de Bonneau).  We visit this park regularly and have never had issues finding carparking.

By bus:  The 200 bus passes by the park – the closest stops are called ‘Parc Vaugrenier’ and ‘Les Groules’.  Be aware on the RN7 road though as it is always extremely busy with traffic and there are no pathways.  The bus timetable is here: https://www.departement06.fr/documents/A-votre-service/Deplacements/transports-en-commun/dpt06-cadredevie_lignes_200.pdf

By train:  The Villeneuve Loubet train station is the closest station to the park and a 5-minute walk away and much safer to walk from than the Biot train station along the main road.

7 Favourite Museums in Provence Côte d’Azur via Lou Messugo

Provence Côte d’Azur has an abundance of excellent museums worth discovering ranging from special interest such as the Perfume Museum (Musée International de Parfum) in Grasse right through to museums dedicated to artists (Picasso Museum / Musée Picasso).

Musée International de Parfum in Grasse

Musée International de Parfum in Grasse

I was kindly invited to share my thoughts about a few of my favourite museums as part of a blog post by Lou Messugo.

You can read the entire post here:  http://www.loumessugo.com/en/blog/entry/7-favourite-museums-in-provence-cote-d-azur

What are your favourite museums in the region?

Kids Arts and Crafts at Monaco Green Days

There is just one week left to get along to the Monaco Green Days at Stars n Bars beside Port Hercule in Monaco.

Following the creation of Monacology the last few years, Stars n Bars is continuing their involvement in the creation of the first Eco Hub in the principality whereby they facilitate a number of sustainable events.

Creative / Recycling workshops for kids

For the remaining week until 31 July, you can take your kids along each day between 6.30pm-9pm for free creative workshops lead by a facilitator who will teach kids how to make fun crafts out of recycled items such as bottle tops, plastic bottles, milk cartons.

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I love these sort of workshops for kids using every day items to make creative objects and ignite a sense of awareness about reusing and recycling – my eldest son is always so proud of his creations….rocket ships made from cardboard rolls, aquariums crafted from cereal boxes etc – kid’s imaginations are really something and I feel there are so many children who rely too much on technology to entertain them (iPads, game consoles, television) that hands-on craft sessions are excellent for creative thinking and problem solving.

Kids will also receive a colouring book daily with environmental themes including endangered animals, renewable energy, respect for the planet

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Bio garden

On the terrace where the workshops take place, the garden comprised of bio herbs and vegetables is then used in the restaurant menu as well as drinks at the bar, so at the same time as children are enjoying fun workshops they will learn about various plants and their seasonal uses.

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All children’s workshops are free of charge and can be adapted for ages 3 through to 10 years of age.

Well done Stars n Bars for this initiative and proving that environmental education and play can work together!

Image credits: Stars n Bars Monaco

How Brexit will affect tourism on the French Riviera

The big news of the past fortnight has been the outcome of the historic Brexit referendum that has cast huge uncertainty over economics, trade and politics.

Certainly tourism to the French Riviera will have a bumpy ride as the Brexit result settles and the great unknown becomes the known.

Whilst the public are happy to voice their opinion on social media, the referendum has split loyalties amongst friends, families and co-workers with many refusing to detail their vote and many small to medium businesses staying tight lipped with their comments on the result to avoid business backlash.

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I have written this post to provide information and it is skewed toward UK tourists who visit this region; whether you supported the ‘Remain’ or ‘Leave’ campaigns I hope this post gives food for thought beyond tabloid media and political opinion.

Currency

Currency fluctuations were always on the cards regardless of the referendum outcome as any major global event will cause the markets to change.

Niall Bates, Managing Director of Chic Gites – Stylish Apartment Rentals in the Heart of Cannes commented that, “The currency effect was felt immediately – euro denominated holidays are now around 10% more expensive to holiday makers than they were a week ago.”

In the days following the result, major British banks including Barclays stopped accepting stop loss orders confirming their fear at the similar chaos created by last year’s Swiss franc upheaval. Global foreign exchange providers including Travelex, Travel Money and Commonwealth Bank put a cap or stop on buying pounds stirling to prevent exchange mayhem.

The pound stirling has experienced a rough ride pre-Brexit over the past few years with industrial and manufacturing sectors in decline, uncertainty on financial markets because of China and the prospect of an interest rate hike setting the value on a decline since the lows at the end of 2014. The zero or reduced rate for certain goods and services could therefore change. There could be an expansion in the extent of zero-rating currently denied by the EU. Or there could even be a removal of reliefs.

European luxury brands have also taken a knock due to the depreciation of the stirling; the flagship luxury French Riviera stores located in Cannes, St Tropez and Monaco will be competing with the UK stores who are experiencing a surge in customers.

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Aviation

Brexit is likely to create a real headache for UK-based airlines particularly the low-cost carriers such as Easyjet, Ryanair, Monarch, and Jet2 that service Nice Côte d’Azur Airport.

The EU is made of individual member states/countries however it is treated as one customs area, treating members as a single state in the interests of free trade. This allows for airlines and operators based in EU-member nations to freely conduct business in and out of neighbouring EU-member countries without being subject to VAT (Value-Added Tax) which is fixed between 15%-25%.

Easyjet’s CEO Carolyn McCall stated that ‘Leaving the EU would have a material adverse effect on Easyjet’s financial conditions and results of operations’. For your Average Joe who plans to travel from the UK to France, this translates in the media to ‘higher airfares’ and ‘the end of cheap flights’.

What the airlines have omitted to tell passengers is the rulings that govern compensation if their flight is cancelled or delayed 3 hours+ (dependent on circumstances), fall under EU Passenger Regulations (EC Regulation 261/ 2004). With Brexit this will mean this law will no longer apply to UK travellers or will need to be renegotiated. Therefore, British parliament will be acting on behalf of travellers; ideally they would want to retain the same level of compensation or actually improve it so in the meantime the price of flights is dependent not only on aviation fuel costs plus the current EU legislation covering (anticipated) compensation claims.

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Likewise, private jet charter companies will see some flow-on – it is too soon to tell whether private flights between the regions may be subject to additional fees. Brexit has thrown uncertainty over whether or not UK-based aircraft operators will still be considered private use, along with questions of cabotage rights.

For those not familiar with cabotage rights, essentially they are open-skies deals that allow for an airline based in an EU-member nation to transport passengers within other EU nations for domestic air travel, typically short haul flights which are vital for business travel.

To provide some data, the growth in global demand for air travel has varied between 5.2% and 6.5% for the past 5 years (stat: IATA Economics) with European passenger volume sitting around 5% growth. Much has been bandied around in the media about the Single European Sky (SES) initiative and if the UK leaves the EU how they will be shut out of the EU aviation market and airfare prices will skyrocket for UK-EU flights.

The Single European Sky initiative was implemented by the EU to manage increasing air traffic and minimise costs of air traffic service provision; European air traffic management handles approximately 26,000 flights daily. The SES breaks down national boundaries of 67 airspace blocks into just nine – making it easier for air traffic controllers to guide aircraft.

By re-entering a single aviation market this will increase overheads for UK airlines as negotiations take place however to get around any restrictions, I expect EasyJet would seek an EU-based Air Operators Certificate (AOC) for its continental European operations, while the others could set up a UK-based AOC.

It should be noted, that EU membership is not a prerequisite for belonging to the Single European Sky initiative as many people have been led to believe. Norway, Switzerland, Tunisia, Albania and Egypt all observe this. For a comparison case study, consumers can look to Norwegian Air for some insight of a business model operating as a low-cost carrier servicing the EU from a country outside the EU – they are the third largest low-cost airline in the European zone and rank above Easyjet, Ryanair and WizzAir for on-time performance.

Accommodation

The effect of currency fluctuations will see UK travellers increase their efforts to seek accommodation discounts and specials on the French Riviera as the value of the stirling drops so it presents an opportunity for French Riviera-based travel companies to push deals to UK tourists, especially outside peak season. Look for more aggressive marketing on sites such as Booking.com, TripAdvisor, Lastminute.com, Expedia and Promovacances.

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The instability with the stirling will work in reverse for the UK immediately following the vote with U.S and Chinese travellers seeking out UK holidays.

Ctrip, China’s biggest OTA, has announced that the Brexit result has seen a 200% search increase on their app for UK holidays, so this is the perfect chance for off-spin marketing to capture these tourists who may then choose to extend their UK stay by heading over to French shores.

The UK, especially London, won’t fade as a top-ranking destination; in 2015 London was the top global city destination by international visitors and London Heathrow is the top foreign airport by U.S. passenger traffic (stat: Office of Travel & Tourism Industries)

Niall Bates, Managing Director of Chic Gites in Cannes continues with some insights, “ In the medium to longer term there is more uncertainty over the fate of the UK economy. If the UK does experience the predicted recession in coming years, we could experience a similar slowdown in conference attendance figures in Cannes as we did post the Credit Crunch in 2008. Although this would affect non-UK clients significantly less than in 2008, UK companies continue to represent a significant proportion of conference attendees in Cannes. However, as we experienced post 2008, the reduced expenses budgets resulted in increased demand for apartment rentals as companies looked to save money by choosing self-catering over hotel stays. So for our apartment rental business I would expect little if any affect in the short to medium term.”

This echoes my predictions as I expect to see a rise in the sharing economy due to self-catering potential as this means UK tourists will have less £ to spend on meals when on holiday here. Airbnb (who ranks Paris then London as the 2 cities with biggest listings outside of the U.S) and Homestay should expect continual enquiries. For disabled travellers, HandySwap will provide excellent options to cut travel costs with home exchanges.

Package holidays & Cruises

Brexit will influence the UK consumer’s decision to travel with destinations such as Cyprus, Malta and Ireland that rely greatly on UK tourism expecting to suffer a downturn in visitors.

On the upside, destinations closer to the UK such as Belgium, Spain and France can expect to increase marketing of package holidays and all-inclusive getaways to reduce the variable expenses at destination such as meals and fuel.

The U.S and U.K markets are dominant in cruise demand with the Mediterranean being the second most deployed destination after the Caribbean (stat: CLIA). Aside from potential changes to port and customs regulations, Brexit will influence cruise pricing for P & O and Cunard as well as Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited and Norwegian Cruise Lines Holdings including provisioning costs for food and drinks on board that may filter through to the consumer.

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Eurostar

How will Brexit affect Eurostar? The most popular sectors between London and Paris, Lille and Brussels may be affected by new regulations for border control and fare prices are likely to fluctuate in the initial uncertainty.

  • If you are travelling from London itself to Paris or Brussels, book online at http://www.eurostar.com for the best deals. Friday and Sunday are peak times (and peak  prices!).  For spontaneous Eurostar passengers who don’t care what train they travel on between London and Paris/Brussels, Eurostar has special fares with a 7-day advance purchase (£25 instead of £45 oneway) on a new website live since May 2016. You can access the site signing in with Facebook: https://snap.eurostar

If you are based in the UK and intend to travel on the Eurostar to Paris, then onwards via train to the French Riviera there are a number of travel tips you can facilitate to reduce your total train fare:

  • If you are travelling from outside London to a western European destination including French Riviera stations and starting your journey at one of the 130+ UK train stations, www.loco2.com is a great starting point for booking all-in-one tickets that combine the domestic UK train sector with the continental train sector. Note: Eurostar bookings open 180 days ahead of travel while most domestic continental trains typically open 92 or up to 120 days ahead so bear this mind when trying to confirm trains.

I highly recommend you check current Eurostar tips online at The Man in Seat 61, he has in-depth and invaluable advice about booking Eurostar tickets and global train routes including the rest of Europe. Top Tip: His best tip in the web link above concerns booking online for ‘London International CIV’ and ‘London Eurostar CIV’ which are well-kept secrets for discounted fares between over 130+ UK stations and a special online destination that automatically adds a cheaper UK sector to Eurostar fares.

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The Auto industry, Self-drives & France

The UK Automotive industry supports 800,000 UK jobs from vehicle manufacturers to parts suppliers with Toyota, Land Rover and Nissan having plants based there. Aside from the manufacturing implications, with the Brexit decision and many UK tourists choosing to self-drive to France, this option is likely to reduce as crude oil is priced in dollars so as at today, the low stirling means UK petrol and diesel prices will increase at least in the short term. Ride-sharing services such as BlaBlaCar should capitalise on tourists looking to reduce travel costs.

Medical insurance while on the French Riviera

The UK’s inclusion in the EU means UK nationals can receive public medical treatment in the EU for reduced or no cost using their European Health Insurance Card under a reciprocal arrangement with the NHS.  This replaced the old E111 forms as from January 2006.

With Brexit, this agreement must be renegotiated or all travellers will need to take out full private insurance to cover them in the event of any medical assistance being needed during their visit to the French Riviera.

Tourist Visas

Much has already been debated about the possibility of tourist visas for UK nationals to enter European Economic Area countries.

Many citizens of EU nations also enjoy the ability to cross borders without presenting a passport when travelling throughout Europe; because the United Kingdom is not part of the Schengen Agreement, UK nationals still require a passport when entering France but enjoy the right to free movement throughout the rest of the European Economic Area once they enter.

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For Brits already living within France, it is unlikely that your residency will be affected. Asking existing residents and property owners to move or sell would be in breach of existing conventions, such as The European Convention on Human Rights (not to mention the colossal paperwork involved).

What will remain unchanged for UK tourists to the French Riviera?

The Brexit vote is not legally binding yet, the vote was just a referendum, one the UK government can simply ignore (granted this would be upsetting over half of the voters who opted to leave the EU). Until the government takes action to invoke Acticle 50, which will not be within two years, it does not mean the UK have officially left the EU.

If you are travelling to the French Riviera in 2016 and 2017, things will remain mostly unchanged:

– There will be no changes to passports as UK tourists will be free to move between the UK and EU as before the vote. This means you queue in your usual passport line at airports and you will not require visas.

– Your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is still valid until the UK officially leaves the EU.

– You will still be covered under EU law for compensation for flight delays and cancellations until the UK officially leaves the EU.

– You can still take cheap alcohol back to the UK from France so grab that bottle of French wine you love now.

The fact remains that the UK tourism market is vital to the economy of multiple EU countries, not just France. Countries outside of the EU such as Switzerland and Norway have been able to reach economic agreements with the EU in an effort to establish cooperative partnerships, and the UK will be aiming to negotiate similar terms as the Brexit debate settles as it will be beneficial to many to keep the tourism status quo.

Sunday on the French Riviera

Sunday is traditionally a family day in France, you’ll find the boulangerie‘s busy as people queue to pick up a flan or tarte for the family lunch and everyone is on ‘relax mode’.

We love to head outdoors as summer arrives with an early morning swim followed by a treat at a cafeteria on Sundays.

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Today, Sunday 26 June, here are some other suggestions of things to do on the French Riviera:

CANNES

Cannes Festival Autos Motos Rétros is hosting a car show with the theme ‘James Dean is back’ with a parade along the Croisette and retro cars and motorbikes.  Free entry between 10am-5pm at square Verdun parking near Port Pierre Canto.

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GRASSE

If you enjoy classical music, Musée Fragonard is hosting the last evening of a 3-night mini festival of classical music.  Tonight, from 9pm enjoy the renditions of Brahms, Schumann and Faure in the gardens of the Villa.  Entry €20.

MENTON

It’s your last weekend to visit the beautiful gardens in Menton as part of the annual ‘Mois des Jardins’.  The main open days have passed, but there’s still time to get to Fontana Rosa, Serre de la Madone, Riviera Palace, Maria Séréna, Jardins Biovès, Palais Carnoles and the terrace at the Musée Cocteau to soak up the tropical vegetation.

For a list of participating gardens, Mois des Jardins 2016

Villa Maria Serena (image: www.menton.fr)

Villa Maria Serena (image: http://www.menton.fr)

Happy Sunday!

 

 

Hiking and Mountain Biking in the Estérels

Summer is officially here!  As the weather starts heating up, the options for outdoor activities expand as attractions and sightseeing operators open for the season.

However, some of the best family-friendly activities are free and right on our doorstep!

Around 40 minutes’ drive from where I live is the start of the Massif de l’Estérels, a coastal region sculpted by rust red porphyry rock, scrubby vegetation, inland lakes, valleys, pebbly coves with clear water and a vineyard here and there.

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The area roughly falls between Mandelieu in the east and Fréjus in the west and has one of the most scenic driving routes – the Corniche d’Or – as well as many excellent hiking and mountain biking trails.

The Estérels Côte d’Azur website is a great multi-lingual website for finding out more about the various walks (balades & randonnées) and mountain biking (VTT) itineraries you can do, as well as information about the local beaches and coves.

I also find Plages.tv super useful for photos and descriptions of the facilities at beaches in France; simply choose your region, choose the language option and search!

Three family-friendly walks you’ll find on the Estérels Côte d’Azur website include:

  • Cap Dramont with the Île d’Or which is said to have been the inspiration for Hergé’s ‘L’île Noire (The Black Island)‘ in The Adventures of Tin Tin
  • The Sentier Découverte de 25 ponts (Discovery Trail for 25 bridges)
  • L’Étang Aubert

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The VTT trail that is easiest for families is the Mal Infernet-Lac de L’écureuil path with low elevation.

Hiking website link:  http://circuits.esterel-cotedazur.com/balades-randonnees

Mountain biking website link:  http://circuits.esterel-cotedazur.com/parcours-vtt/

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Fête de la Musique 2016 on the French Riviera

Next Tuesday, marks one of my favourite days every year here in France – Fête de la Musique!

Fête de la Musique is held on 21 June annually throughout France and is a huge success, and continues to grow in popularity.

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Why I love Fête de la Musique

I love this day because it’s a fantastic chance to see a wide variety of musical styles, playing in public areas by both amateur and professional musicians.  And all free!

Over the years I’ve experienced everything from swing bands, to jazz, to teen orchestras to DJ’s and rock bands.  I’ve always found the general atmosphere to be convivial and good-natured.

How did Fête de la Musique come about

The concept originated with an American musician Joel Cohen who worked as a music programmer for France Musique (French National Radio). He wanted to initiate an all-day music event to celebrate the summer solstice.

In 1982, the (then) Director of Music and Dance at the French Ministry of Culture, Maurice Fleuret, recognised that one child out of every two in France played a musical instrument and he wanted a way to encourage people to take to the streets to make music and foster love of musical performance.

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Fête de la Musique was born and made official by the French Minister of Culture with the first festival held in Paris in 1982.

Today, it is celebrated in various forms (Make Music Day, World Music Day etc) in over 120 countries including Italy, Australia and the USA.

Can anyone perform on the Fête de la Musique date?

The festival has always been at the forefront of promoting musical performance.

  • Amateur and professional musicians are encouraged to perform in public areas – on the street, at parks, beach venues, at town squares. Musicians range from teenage garage bands to professional opera singers – it’s a huge mix of music and talent!
  • All music genres are welcome.
  • All concerts must be free, and all performers must donate their time for free.

While there are some noise restrictions in place (especially after hours), there is an unspoken tolerance for the performances in France on this day and I’ve never seen any concerts or performances shut down by the police or removal of audio equipment (and there have been some spectacularly loud ones!).

If you would like to perform on this date, contact your local Mairie (Town Hall) who can advise you what to do.

Fête de la Musique 2016 on the French Riviera

Each town releases it’s own schedule for concerts and music performances.

I don’t have an extensive list as many of the Tourist Offices don’t release times until the last minute, but here is a sample of some of the Fête de la Musique 2016 events happening this year along the French Riviera (all free concerts will be on Tuesday 21 June unless specified below):

  • ANTIBES & JUAN LES PINS

From 6pm until late at various locations including place Nationale, Safranier and place de Gaulle (Antibes) and promenade du Soleil, the roundabout by King Kong toy store and Café de la Plage (Juan les Pins).

For the full Antibes and Juan les Pins concert times and locations, download here http://fr.calameo.com/read/002074504a6ddbd307526

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  • BEAULIEU SUR MER

From 6.30pm at Place Marinoni, pop, rock, funk, soul with You Know What and Hidden Bombo.

  • BEAUSOLEIL

Note:  Music will be on 18 June, not 21 June.

8.30pm – La Cantarella au Sanctuaire St Joseph (choir songs)

9.30pm The Blues Brothers tribute at place de la Liberation

  • BIOT

From 6pm – Place des Arcades
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Oversteam

From 6.30pm – Place de Gaulle
Espace des Arts et de la Culture (représentation des élèves)
Cosmocow
Casual Tribute

From 6.45pm – Jardin Frédéric Mistral
Jazz Junction
Eric Maiolino
Urzod
Garage GIG

  • CAGNES SUR MER

See poster below:

Fête de la Musique 2016 Cagnes sur Mer

Fête de la Musique 2016 Cagnes sur Mer

  • CANNES

Various locations, see the official programme at http://www.cannes.com/fr/evenements/grands-rendez-vous-mois-par-mois/fete-de-la-musique.html

  • CHÁTEAUNEUF DE GRASSE

6pm onwards – At Place des Pins, jazz, funk, pop, rock and blues bands with a coordinated multi-band jam session at 10pm.

  • EZE

From 7pm at place de la Collette, singing, reggae and jazz

  • GOLFE JUAN & VALLAURIS

From 6pm – midnight – Various bands will play at the Maison du Tourisme Vieux Port, Théâtre de Mer, square Nabonnand etc (pop rock , jazz, country, DJ) in Golfe Juan, and place Lisnard, rue Ramie and Espace Massier (jazz, gospel, pop rock)

Note: The coastal road between the carpark at Vieux Port and quai Napoleon will be closed between 6pm-2am for Fête de la Musique.

Info here: http://www.vallauris-golfe-juan.fr/Fete-de-la-musique,3430.html?lang=fr

  • GRASSE

From 5pm at various locations, find the Grasse concert times and locations here : http://www.ville-grasse.fr/2016_06_fete_musique.pdf

  • LA-COLLE-SUR-LOUP

From 6pm at various locations including Place de Gaulle and Espace Rose de Mai; programme available here: http://www.lacollesurloup.fr/fr/actualites/f%C3%AAte-de-la-musique

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  • LA TURBIE
  • From 6.30pm at Place Théodare de Banville jazz and music from films with Smiley Friends, followed by blues, rock, folk and jazz with Lou Folk from  8pm
  • LE BAR SUR LOUP

From 7pm at Square Seytre with Bob Fred etc

  • MANDELIEU LA NAPOULE

From 8pm, Place Estérel Gallery with a ‘Vintage’ theme.
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  • MENTON

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Terrace at Musée Jean Cocteau

5pm-5.45pm  – Zumba party

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5.30-8.30pm – Classes from the Conservatoire de Musique de Menton including instrumental and vocal choirs

Jardin Elysée Reclus

7pm-1am – Menton c’est Vous ! Les Obsolètes (pop/rock)

Place Loredan Larchey

8-11pm – Castadiva (international variety)

Salle Saint-Exupéry

9-11pm – Arts Paillettes 2000 (French and international songs and dance)

Esplanade Francis Palmero

5-5.45pm – Samy (French songs)

6-8pm – Con2mine. Breaking Bad band. Ena (French & International songs)

8-10pm – Sourires et Mélodies (French and international songs)

10pm-midnight – New-Feel (French and international songs)

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9-11pm Choir performance

  • MONACO

Lots happening in Monaco including in La Condamine, Larvotto and a concert by Sinsémilia at the main port at 9pm

Full programme is found here:  http://www.mairie.mc/poles/animations/musique/la-fete-de-la-musique

  • MOUANS-SARTOUX

8pm-midnight – At Parc du Château and in town there will be bands of various genres – rock, pop rock, heavy metal,  jazz, reggae, folk

  • MOUGINS

For the programme for Mougins concerts see here (in French) : http://www.mougins-tourisme.fr/fr/content/f%C3%AAte-de-la-musique-%C3%A0-mougins

  • NICE

From 5pm, free music at Théâtre de la Verdure – Promenade des Anglais:

6.30pm: Les Blondes
7.30pm: Benoit de la Lune
8.30pm: Glamory
9.30pm: Miss America
10.30pm No Jazz
Also, various concerts throughout Vieux Nice and central Nice.
  • PEYMEINADE
From 6pm until midnight, various animations and food outlets (Quartiers)
  • ROQUEFORT LES PINS
From 7pm, all kinds of music welcome in centre ville.

 

 

  • ST PAUL DE VENCE

7pm – L’Harmonie de St Paul : music from films, jazz, classics at place de la Mairie

From 7pm – At L’espace Verdet, Tchapakan, Pandore Orchestra and PsyKanopé combine various influences such as ska, rock, reggae

8pm onwards – At place Charles de Gaulle, jazz, funk and soul with Alter Ego Quintet and Good Times Foundation

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From 8.30pm – At point du vue, you can hear  JDF Combo Blues et Parnaiba play jazz and blues

9pm onwards – At cour Freinet, songs and guitar with Sand and Christian Passaro

Note:  All public carparking is free from 7pm.

There are also dinners with concerts happening at Hostellerie Les Remparts, Restaurant de Mas de Pierre and Le Tilleul (contact each restaurant for more details).

  • THÉOULE SUR MER

From 6pm at port de la Figueirette

Concert at 6pm , Salle des Fêtes

  • TOURRETTE LEVENS

From 7.30pm at Parvis d’eglise, a ball with DJ

  • TOURRETTES-SUR-LOUP

From 5pm – Place de la liberation (music until midnight – kids songs, acoustic band, hip hop, disco, DJs)

From 6pm- Salle polyvalente – La Bigarade – Pont-du-Loup (kids group)

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  • VALBONNE SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS

From midday until late for Haut-Sartoux, Garbejaire, Valbonne village you can listen to DJ’s, Big Band music, Latin and jazz.

For concert times and locations see here: http://www.ville-valbonne.fr/spip.php?page=article_evenement&id_article=2128

  • VENCE

Various town locations with music from 6pm. Full programme is here: http://www.vence.fr/fete-de-la-musique-a-vence-le-21?lang=fr

  • VILLEFRANCHE SUR MER

7pm – Parade through the streets

7-8.30pm – Place Felix Poullan (classical music)

9pm – Patio at the Citadelle (choral music)

  • VILLENEUVE LOUBET

7pm – Allée de la Plage – Pulp Over (pop rock)

8.30pm – Street Jam (pop folk) at Villeneuve Loubet village

9.30pm – Ava Corsica (Corsican songs) at Marina Baie des Anges

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