Puget-Theniers is a charming commune of about 2,000 people in the Valley of the Var in the Alpes-Maritimes department of France. It is in the scenic foothills of the Alps and 64 km drive from Nice. A holiday home in Puget-Theniers makes the ideal base for scenic walks, drives or horse riding in this unspoilt area within easy reach of the beautiful coast.
Visit the Museums: The French Riviera attracted many famous painters to the area, including Chagall and Matisse who made his home here. The Matisse Museum in Nice stands on Cimiez Hill and has black and white photographs of the artist, as well as some of his paintings, drawings and sculptures. The small Naval Museum at Nice is also worth a visit.
Walk the Promenade des Anglais: This broad and elegant promenade runs along the seafront from Nice for about 11km (7 miles) offering great views of the famous seafront. It offers the ideal opportunity for people-watching and there are sure to be some famous faces in the crowds.
Enjoy the Beach: The nearest beaches to your Puget-Theniers holiday rental are at Antibes. The Garoupe beach is well sheltered and faces east while the Old Antibes Beach is small and sandy but it can get crowded in high summer.
Antibes: Antibes is about an hour’s drive from Puget-Theniers. It is one of the most attractive towns along the French Riviera with many historical buildings, museums, a harbour and a traditional market to visit.
Nice: Nice is a popular resort particularly during the summer months. It has a medieval town centre with grand architecture as well as museums, shops, restaurants and beaches. Highlights to look out for are the port, the Palais de Justice and the domed Cathedral of Sainte-Reparate.
Breil-sur-Roya: Breil-sur-Roya is a lively village in the olive growing area of the French Riviera, about 1Â¾ hours drive from holiday rentals in Puget-Theniers. Take a walking tour of the town to discover the “trompe l’oeil” paintings which decorate many buildings and discover the medieval bridge, historic washing places, communal ovens, hidden chapels and lookouts on the old city walls.
Puget-Theniers has dry sunny summers with average temperatures reaching 25°C (77°F) in July and August. Winters are mild with daytime highs averaging 10°C (50°F) in January and slightly more rain.
The nearest airport serving holiday rentals in Puget-Theniers is the Nice (NCE) Airport which is about 41 km away. There are many budget airlines serving the Cote d’Azur, making it a cheap and easy destination to get to. The Eurostar connects with fast TGV trains to Nice. A hire car is useful for exploring the local area.