THEOULE-SUR-MER

Tucked away among the rocks of the Esterel Mountains, lies the small coastal town of Theoule-sur-Mer. Belonging to the municipality of Mandelieu for many years, Theoule started to flourish at the end of the 19 th century and soon after became its own municipality in 1929. With strict control on development over the years, this small fishing village dating back to the medieval times has managed to retain its small-town charm. Although there is little in the way of major monuments, Theoule is a popular destination for those in search of peace and beauty on the Cote d’Azur. While easily accessed by car and train, its superb sandy beaches, red rocky coast and sparkling Mediterranean water have formed a paradise for those who arrive by boat. Home to not only one, 

but four ports: Port of Théoule, Port de la Rague, Port la Galère and port de la Figueirette, boaters are spoilt for choice. After a morning exploring the market at Figueirette Port, spend an afternoon soaking up the sun anchored in one of its bays, lay on one of its many sandy beaches or relaxing in one of the seafront cafes. If you prefer something a little more active, its mild climate, abundance of vegetation and diverse landscapes offer a very attractive backdrop for nature lovers. Set off on a coastal walk between Theoule-sur-Mer and Mandalieu-la-Napoule, or head to the forested mountains which offer great hiking adventures.

BEACHES

Theoule-sur-Mer boasts several public beaches, some with sand and some with restaurants, however all of them have beautiful scenery as they look out on the Golfe de la Napoule with views of Cannes and the Iles de Lerins.

• Plage du Vallon de l’Autel (Les Freres de la Baie and Marco Polo Restaurant) and Plage du Château (Le Magellan Restaurant): These are the two main beaches in the town centre with good accessibility, although parking can be difficult in the summer.

• Plage de la Petite Fontaine (La Petite Fontaine Restaurant): This is a small sandy beach about 5 minutes’ walk east along the promenade from the centre of Theoule.

• Plage du Maurin and Plage de Suveret: These are two sandy beaches to the west of the Port of Theoule which are slightly less crowded.

• Plage de l’Aiguille (Restaurant l’Aiguille): If you are looking for the most picturesque beach, follow Promenade de Pradayrol from Plage du Vallon de l’Autel past Plage de la Petite Fontaine to Plage de l’Aiguille. Situated within Parc de l’Aiguille, this beach has a secluded setting and interesting rock formations. With parking at Plage du Vallon de l’Autel, this 1km walkway is the easiest and most pleasant way to access this sandy beach. If you don’t mind a more rugged approach, you can also access this beach through the Parc de l’Aiguille.

PIERRE CARDIN BUBBLE HOUSE

Resting on the rocky cliffs above the Mediterranean sits an eccentric bubble house designed by fashion designer Pierre Cardin. When Cardin was searching for a summer home, he came across a partially constructed building which caught his eye.

CHÅTEAU DE LA NAPOULE

Set within a site once occupied by Romans more than 2000 years ago, Chåteau de la Napoule was built by the Villeneuve family in the 14th century. Boasting a beautiful seafront location to the west of Cannes, Henry and Marie Clews relocated to the Mediterranean where they found the abandoned ruins of the Chåteau. This eccentric couple lived at La Napoule as they worked to restore the building back to its former beauty.

MARKETS

Immerse yourself in the local culture at the towns morning markets where you can buy organic fruit and vegetables, flowers, hot cooked chicken, fresh fish and local crafts. Every Thursday and Sunday at Figueirette Port and every Friday in the centre of Théoule.