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.