If, like me, you adore the rugged beauty and glamour of the Mediterranean then Le Rayol on the French Riviera is the place to be.
“Sleepy villas sunk in gardens, an old petrol station, a little grocery shop, a hairdresser with pink neon sign, a wonderful fish restaurant with wooden terrace overlooking the sea. Any new villa squeezes itself in quietly and tries not to attract attention. The road itself winds dramatically. Vistas explode ahead of you to reveal tantalising glimpses of wooded promontories, golden beaches, pine forest, crags and cliffs, and flowers tumbling through balustrades and down banks.” Source: The Telegraph.
Sounds exquisite, doesn’t it? It’s a 10 hour drive from Calais, but if you are lucky enough to be anywhere near the French Riviera anytime soon you may want to include Le Rayol in your itinerary.
Things to do, should you manage to be bored, include: The Domaine du Rayol – a botanical garden and arboretum located on the Avenue des Belges, Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer, is open to the public 365 days of the year, featuring 11 gardens from around the world. The Marine Garden – offers snorkelling along an underwater trail, and is open from June to September – adults € 19 – Children (8-17 years) 14 €.