Lou Messugo is situated in Roquefort les Pins, a wonderfully located village midway between the beautiful azure Mediterranean sea and the dramatic mountains of the southern alps, surrounded by gorgeous landscape and world-class cultural heritage sites, making it an ideal place to have a holiday.  Nothing is far away, with most attractions, whether on the coast or inland, no further than 30mins drive.  For art, food, beach culture and adventure sports the area is unbeatable:

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Beaches

The nearest beach is at Villeneuve-Loubet, only 15 mins away by car, where you will find all the water sports you can imagine and a friendly yacht club that rents sailing boats by the hour.  The beach is clean and pebbly and depending on the wind can even have a slight swell making it possible to body surf. Heading east from here along the coast the beaches are all pebbly and vary from the grand sweeping bay of Nice "Baie des Anges" to secluded coves on the exclusive and beautiful Cap Ferrat, then on as far afield as Monaco and on to Italy (still under an hour's drive).  Heading west you will find calm sandy beaches in Antibes, Juan les Pins and Cannes (30 mins away) and dramatic cliffs and an underwater snorkelling trail at Theoule sur Mer.  A 15 minute ferry ride from Cannes takes you to the quiet, unspoilt islands of Ste Marguerite and St Honorat, les Iles de Lerins, with stunning coves, walking trails, a bird watching sanctuary and a medieval fort.

Culture

We are spoilt for choice when it comes to cultural attractions in the area, with world class museums and beautiful ancient hilltop villages all within easy reach. The French Riviera and its surrounding countryside is famous for the artists who have lived here attracted by the stunning light, wonderful climate and natural beauty leaving a legacy of fabulous museums and art galleries.  To name but a few within half an hour you can find the Musée Matisse and Musée Chagall in Nice, both of which have unrivalled collections, the Fondation Maeght in St Paul de Vence (one of the largest private collections of modern art in the world), the Musée Picasso in Antibes, Fernand Leger in Biot, Renoir in Cagnes sur Mer and many more.  For those interested in gastronomic history the little museum dedicated to the famous chef Escoffier (inventor of the Peach Melba) in Villeneuve-Loubet is fascinating.

The pretty village of Biot is famous for its glassblowing, Vallauris for pottery, Mougins and St Paul for their art galleries.  Antibes, renowned for its massive yachting marina, and Valbonne both have medieval centres and wonderful local markets.  Grasse, only a 15 minute drive, was the world centre of perfume making and still retains several traditional perfume factories which are open to the public.  Its museum, the Musée International de la Parfumerie is also well worth a visit.  Nice is most famous for its elegant Promenade des Anglais sea-front made famous by the English at the beginning of the 20th century but it also has a delightful old town where you can lose yourself in the narrow winding lanes, marvelling at the Italian architecture and myriad of unique and interesting boutiques.

Monaco is only 50 mins away and makes for an interesting day out.  Worthy points of interest include the old town and Royal Palace, the harbour full of super yachts, the infamous casino and the excellent Oceanographic Museum.

The countryside around Roquefort has many hilltop villages "villages perchés" ranging from the beautifully restored and thoroughly cosmopolitan St Paul to Gourdon, dramatically perched on cliffs over looking the Gorges du Loup and Saorge, an isolated and atmospheric untouched village in the mountains behind Nice.

The area hosts many different festivals throughout the year ranging from the glamorous Cannes Film Festival and all the glitz that accompanies it each year in May to the excellent eclectic music festival every summer in Vence "Les nuits du Sud".   There is also the Jazz à Juan in July and the unusual Lemon Festival "Fête du Citron" in Menton each February.  Nice is home to one of the world's greatest carnivals, Carnaval de Nice, which also takes place in February and Monaco celebrates circus with an international festival every year in January.

Sports, adventure and fun parks

As well as all that the sea has to offer, this area is a sporting paradise.  There are several top golf courses within 10 mins drive including Opio Valbonne golf club, Grand Bastide and Royal Mougins.  The mountains and coastal paths offer spectacular walking territory, through forests of ancient green oaks or open plateau covered in wild rosemary and thyme or beaches with majestic umbrella pines.  Whether you want an easy stroll or a whole day's hike, there's something for everyone.  There's canyoning and kayaking in the stunning Loup river gorge, para-gliding, outdoor karting, horse riding, mountain biking and via ferrata in the hills behind.  The seafronts in Nice and Cagnes sur Mer have wide cycle lanes and pavements excellent for families cycling and rollerblading.  If you don't want to take the car, there are plenty of walks to be done direct from the apartment in the surrounding forests, with stunning views across the mountains and coast all clearly signposted. And if you don't want to walk the many scenic drives from Lou Messugo will take your breath away.

10 mins from the apartment there's a fantastic complex including 2 adventure playgrounds with climbing trails in the trees from age 4-8 and 8 up, a maze and a children's theme park.  It is ideal for families with young children.  Only slightly further away is the theme park Marineland which comprises a water based animal park, a children's farm, minigolf and a waterslide park.

Lou Messugo can even be a base for days out to the snow for sledging and skiing at the small family resort of Gréolières les Neiges, 50 mins away, or for more advanced skiing at Isola 2000 or Valberg and Auron, only an hour and a half away.  Imagine this, on a warm spring day it is even possible to ski in the morning and take a refreshing dip in the sea in the afternoon - can't get better than that!

A little further afield, though easily reachable in a day trip is the Mercantour National Park, with soaring peaks of over 2000m, tranquil lakes and mountain rivers, traditional villages and a wolf reserve, "Alpha", open to the public.  The Gorges du Verdon and lavender fields are also visitable in a day-trip.

Food and shopping

The area is a foodie's paradise with traditional markets bursting with fresh local produce (Roquefort every Wednesday morning, Valbonne on Fridays, Antibes every morning amongst many others) and restaurants galore to suit all tastes and budgets.   Roquefort les Pins, while only a small town has 6 restaurants and 2 cafés, all of which are within walking distance from the apartment.   Being foodies ourselves we will be delighted to share our knowledge, give you tips and help you with restaurant bookings if you should so desire.

For shopping whether it's original local souvenirs, a beautiful painting or chic designer clothes you're after the Côte d'Azur has it all.

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