Eat and drink – JUAN LES PINS

Children are welcome in restaurants, cafés and bars, however not all restaurants will provide special facilties for families such as high chairs.  Most restaurants do not offer children’s meals (the range may be limited for children to fries, chicken nuggets and similar) but those that do specifically offer children’s menus have fixed-price menus at reduced prices.

Biocoop Les Pins, 8 rue Saint Honorat:  Eco-friendly store selling bio/eco food products and cosmetics. Open Monday-Saturday.

Casino supermarket, 138 boulevard Wilson/9 avenue Beautheville:  Major chain supermarket, open 6 days (and Sunday mornings in summer), wheelchair accessible.

Casino supermarket – Juan les Pins

Leader Price supermarket, 71 boulevard Raymond Poincaré:  Low cost supermarket, not a big range of products compared to Carrefour or Casino but is open 7 days in summer and is wheelchair accessible.

Marché Plus supermarket, 122 boulevard Wilson:  Small supermarket open 7 days, wheelchair accessible.

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Eat and drink – NICE

Children are welcome in restaurants, cafés and bars, however not all restaurants will provide special facilties for families such as high chairs.  Most restaurants do not offer children’s meals (the range may be limited for children to fries, chicken nuggets and similar) but those that do specifically offer children’s menus have fixed-price menus at reduced prices.

Ma Nolan’s, 5 Quai des Deux Emmanuel, 06300 Nice (Telephone: 04 92 27 07 88):  An Irish pub with good range of food, televisions for coverage of sports games and an outdoor terrace situated to the front of the premises that provides customers with front row seats to stunning views over Nice Port and across to the Chateau.  Has disabled toilet facilities inside the pub, with baby changing table.

Accommodation

Below you will find some options for  accommodation (accessible and/or family-friendly accommodation) on the French Riviera.  All properties must be booked direct via the links provided in the descriptions:

ANTIBES

All Seasons (futur Ibis Styles), 2067 chemin de Saint Claude, 06600 Antibes (Telephone: + 33 4 93 33 34 50 ).  Located a 10-min drive to Antibes old town and nearby to the big Carrefour supermarket, room rates include unlimited Wifi and continental breakfast.  Free underground carparking.  Good access to nearby motorway.  They have 3 rooms adapted to travelers with reduced mobility.  www.all-seasons-hotels.com

Hotel La Jabotte, 13 avenue Max Maurey, 06160 Cap d’Antibes (Telephone: +33 4 93 61 45 89).  Small B&B-style hotel with rooms having semi-private patios leading to a shared garden where breakfasts are served.  50 metres from the sea and Salis beach.  They have one room on the ground-floor that is more accessible than the others (note: there is one small step leading to the bathroom).  For photos, rates and more information go to www.jabotte.com

CAGNES SUR MER

Sandton Hôtel Domaine Cocagne, 30 chemin du Pain de Sucre, 06800 Cagnes sur Mer (Telephone: +33 4 92 13 57 77): The hotel site covers an area of five hectares comprising beautiful parks, woodland, swaying palm trees and wide expanses of lavender. The hotel consists of several buildings, and it is just three kilometres away from magnificent beaches. There are several lounges and patios, a restaurant and swimming pool.  The hotel has one disabled access room (a poolroom that sleeps 2 people) with rates including breakfast.  It has a special shower adapted for a wheelchair, and you can obtain access from the room to the swimming pool.     For reservations, email cagnes@sandton.eu or book via http://www.sandton.eu/en/cocagne/contact-cocagne

Camping Green Park, 159 bis, Vallon des Veux, Cagnes sur Mer.  Camping ground open April-September with holiday cottages, villas etc.  They have two air-conditioned holiday chalets that sleep 3 persons and are adapted to persons with reduced mobility (see on the booking site ‘Autres Hébergements’, 3 person chalet personne à mobilité réduire).  Book via http://www.homair.com/camping/green-park/hebergements/detail/2067

CANNES

Carlton International, 58 La Croisette 06414 Cannes (Telephone: +33 4 93 06 40 06) http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/intercontinental/en/gb/locations/cannes-carlton

Chateau de la Tour, 10 avenue Font de Veyre, 06150 Cannes. (Telephone: +33 4 93 90 52 52) www.chateaudelatour.com

Vue des Oliviers – a luxury 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment in the fabulous Palm Beach area of Cannes, near the beach and just off the famous Boulevard de la Croisette, air-conditioning in warm months, heating in cooler months, underground parking for one car.  First floor accessed via elevator but apartment is not wholly accessible for mobility reduced persons however it is included on this list as it is great for families. Book direct via http://http://www.white-horse-holiday-rentals.com/vuedesoliviers.htm

JUAN LES PINS

Ground-floor location, family-friendly apartment located in a new domaine close to supermarkets, restaurants, the beach and transport links.  Secure underground carpark with an elevator to the apartment level.  Wide paths to a communal swimming pool, with shallow ramp entry into the water.  There is a ramp with access to the beach, though the beach is sandy and not wheelchair accessible as such.  The apartment has a private ground-floor terrace with BBQ, perfect for al fresco dining (note:  the terrace is reached by stepping over a small threshold from the living area).  For reservations, visit http://www.holidaylettings.co.uk/rentals/antibes/136039

Vue du Jardin – a luxury 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment in chic Juan-les-Pins, near the beach and directly overlooking the beautiful Jardin Pauline gardens. Air-conditioning in warm months, heating in cooler months, underground parking for one car.  Sixth floor apartment accessed via elevator but apartment is not wholly accessible for mobility reduced persons however it is included on this list as it is great for families. More information, photos and to book direct via http://www.white-horse-holiday-rentals.com/vuedujardin.htm

LE ROURET

Villa Mimosa, a six-bedroom Provençal villa with stunning views of the mountains and distant coastlines of Antibes and Cannes. Facilities include swimming pool with loungers, outdoor terraces for entertaining, and walking distance to the local village and amenities.  Suitable for families (kids room with triple bunk beds, extensive film and book libraries and outdoor entertainment including swimming pool, table tennis and pétanque). Accessibility for persons with restricted mobility. For photos and availability and to book direct, go to their link via http://www.holidaylettings.co.uk/rentals/valbonne/78603#reviews

PEYMEINADE

Bastide des Jaisous, a bed-and-breakfast gite has an accessible apartment called ‘Les Glycines’ that is adapted to guests with reduced mobility including roll-in shower and shower seat, large door, ramp and outdoor terrace area.  Other non-accessible rooms available also.  More information and bookings via http://www.hotegenty.com/en/index.htm

ROQUEBRUNE CAP MARTIN

Hotel Victoria, 7 Promenade du Cap, 06190 Roquebrune Cap Martin (Telephone: +33 4 93 35 65 90). Located overlooking the sea on the bay of Cap Martin, this hotel conforms to current disabled regulations.  A reserved carparking space is at the hotel entrance, with an access ramp into the hotel.  Ground floor facilities are all accessible to wheelchair users, and access to the rooms is via an elevator. The hotel has 2 adapted rooms – one a Seaview room; the other a Mountain View room and they are equipped with easy-access showers and have appropriate bars and fold-down seating.  For reservations, email info@hotel-victoria.fr or visit their website for further information on rates and rooms www.hotel-victoria.fr

SAINT LAURENT DU VAR

One-bedroom apartment set in quiet residential area with original features including wood beams and stone walls. Fully-equipped kitchen, Wifi internet, private garden complete with barbecue and loungers, good transport links for buses and trains and an excellent option for accommodation close to Nice Airport but not directly next to it. Baby cot and high chair available to hire.  For photos and to book direct, go to their link at http://www.ownersdirect.co.uk/france/fr19841.htm

VILLEFRANCHE-SUR-MER

Welcome Hotel, 3 quai Amiral Courbet, Villefranche sur Mer (Telephone: +33 4 93 76 27 62).  Non-smoking rooms each with balcony. They have 2 rooms reserved for disabled travelers (one a Superior, the other a Comfort) that are adapted with larger doors, seat for the bath tub, handles and booster for toilet.  These rooms are accessed via the square adjoining the hotel.  Reservations via email resa@welcomehotel.com or visit their website for photos and more information www.welcomehotel.com

Transport

Trains: Antibes train station has elevator access from the railway overbridge to the station, then to the individual platforms.  Look for the ‘elevator’ symbol and word ‘ascenseur’.  Staff onsite at the stations can assist you to board trains. Children are eligible for free or reduced travel on French trains (babies travel free).

Buses: Local buses are frequently busy and best avoided during peak times (school holidays/summer break). Buggy/stroller/wheelchair access can be difficult due to overcrowding on buses, and the buses do not always ‘stoop’ to allow easier entry onto the bus. Children are eligible for free or reduced travel on French buses (babies travel free).

Transfers: There is a dedicated company, Ulysee, catering for those with mobility problems on the French Riviera. Call +33 (0) 8 20 825 800 or www.ulysse-transport.fr  Also, vehicles adapted with ramps are available for transport to and from Nice International Airport from http://www.ccas-nice.fr/

Car hire: If you require baby car seat hire, it is best to prebook with your rental company. Both Europcar and Hertz have adapted cars for drivers who require hand controls. You must book in advance. Europcar phone +33 (0) 8 25 35 8 358. Hertz phone +33 (0) 8 25 34 23 43

Disabled Parking: Disabled areas in car parks are indicated by large blue spaces and/or wheelchair symbols. You must display the standard EU blue disabled person’s parking badge in the window. If you are coming to France from another EU country, apply prior to leaving for this universal badge.

Ferries: The SNCM ferry-boat service between Nice and Corsica provides facilities for disabled passengers. The ferries have lifts and travelators to facilitate access for wheelchairs. Refer to http://www.sncm.fr/sw/consumer.index.do?locale=fr_FR&languageCode=FRA

General information

Toilet facilities:  It is a legal requirement in France that public places must have an accessible toilet, however the reality differs especially in smaller cafés or older towns. There are numerous automated pay-per-use toilet cubicles along the French Riviera all offering access for wheels, however there is a free disabled access toilet in Antibes on rue de Tourraque (by the remparts), or near to the entrance of plage Gravette.  Fleur de Café in Antibes (see ‘Eat and drink – ANTIBES’) offers a stroller-friendly place for families to have a coffee with a dedicated changing table for babies.  Larger hotels have stricter accessibility regulations and will generally have a fully accessible toilet.

Nice International Airport:  Special facilities exist for families and passengers with reduced mobility.  Please read my posting ‘General Information – NICE AIRPORT (Aeroport Nice Cote d’Azur)

Sightseeing – Ideas for families, or travelers with reduced mobility

Beaches:   Most beaches along the French Riviera coastline are easily accessible, and safe for children with limited waves, lifeguards (in peak season) and shallow water. Many are stony beaches therefore beach mats are needed.  Children are highly recommended to use UVA/UVB water-resistant sunblock to prevent sunburn.  There are a number of beaches that also cater for those with disabilities. Some are at Plage le Ponteil in Antibes; Plage de Tiercé in Cagnes-sur-Mer; Carras in Nice.  The ‘Handiplage’ sign marked with a wheelchair symbol symbolises where to find them. The ‘Handiplage’ beaches usually include facilities such as toilets, changing areas, showers, ramps, parking and designated sea access for wheelchair users.  For more information visit www.handiplage.fr

French Handiplage sign

Lérins Islands:  Îsle St Marguerite is a small island situated just off the Cannes coastline and accessible via boat that is suitable for stroller or wheelchair access.  Please note that while the ferry boats and island are suitable for wheel access, many paths are not paved so there is uneven ground.  Disabled toilet facilities on the island are located up the hill from the boat jetty. There are stairs to the Fort on the island. For ferry timetables and prices refer to http://www.riviera-lines.com/

Parc Phoenix, 405 Promenade des Anglais, (Telephone: 04 92 29 77 00): Parc Phoenix is a 17-acre park located on the edge of Nice city complete with huge tropical greenhouse with fern, orchids, tropical plants and animals.  The park is 99% flat paved paths (some stairs inside the greenhouse). There is a small aquarium onsite, a musical fountain display and various animal enclosures with birds, prairie dogs, and turtles.  Parc Phoenix has a snack shop onsite, and a children’s playground with picnic area to keep the kids entertained.  The entrance fee also include entry to The Museum of Asiatic Arts next door – all this for just 2 Euros!  For opening hours go to http://www.parc-phoenix.org/

Parc Phoenix greenhouse

Markets: One of the nicest experiences of traveling in France is enjoying the pleasures of a local market.  Every town has a regular market; some daily; some weekly but you are sure to find something to appeal to every family member.  Vendors sell homemade confitures (jams), pastries, delicious meats, fromage (cheese), soaps, fresh local produce, souvenirs, antiques, fresh fish, olives, condiments and spices…the list goes on!  One of the best markets in the region is the Nice Market located on Cours Saleya, between Place Massena and Vieux Nice (Old Town).  It is a flower and produce market every day from early in the morning (excluding Mondays when it is an antique market), and in the evenings in summer arts and crafts vendors set up their stalls.

Spices at the Nice Market

Boules:  The French game of boules (also known as pétanque), is similar to British lawn bowling or Italian bocce.  It is traditionally played with metallic balls on a dirt surface beneath plane trees,  and the local boule pitch (boulodrome) is a social meeting place where the participants (and spectators) while away the hours with the odd glass of wine and cards in between games.  The object of the game is to throw your balls so that they land closer to the small ball (the cochonnet) than those of your opponent, or strike and drive the cochonnet toward your other balls and away from your opponent’s.  My son enjoys watching boules from the comfort of his stroller, however you can sit in the afternoon sun watching a game and even participate if you are lucky enough!

boules

Eat and drink – ANTIBES

Children are welcome in restaurants, cafés and bars, however not all restaurants will provide special facilties for families such as high chairs.  Most restaurants do not offer children’s meals (the range may be limited for children to fries, chicken nuggets and similar) but those that do specifically offer children’s menus have fixed-price menus at reduced prices.

Félix Café, 50 boulevard Aguillon, (Telephone: 04 93 34 01 64): Has ramp access inside the restaurant to disabled toilet facilities.  High chair available for families. I recommend the ‘Felix’ pizza.

Fleur de Café, 2 avenue du 24 Août, (Telephone: 04 93 34 43 89): Stroller-friendly café serving cakes, muffins, coffee – has a baby change table, no stairs inside café to toilet facilities.

Restaurant L’auberge Provençal, place Nationale, 61 rue de la République (Telephone: 04 93 34 13 24): Has ramp access inside the restaurant to the rear dining terrace and toilet facilities.

Carrefour supermarkets, one in central Antibes town at 5 avenue Pasteur, and the bigger hypermarket is around 15 minutes drive from Antibes town on Chemin Saint Claude (Telephone: 04 92 91 46 79):  Both are wheelchair accessible.

Intermarche supermarket, 2 boulevard Albert 1er: Wheelchair accessible.