The western end of the Cote d’Azur is the bathing resort of Mandelieu-la-Napoule or Mandelieu. Celebrated for both water sports and golf, you could be forgiven for thinking Mandelieu was designed specifically for tourists. A huge castle dominates the skyline of the harbour, which is filled with beautiful yachts and lined by fine sand beaches.
Theoule sur Mer is a small, safe harbour just outside Mandelieu, which is now home to a very attractive little beach resort. It is a particular favourite with walkers as trails from Theoule sur Mer lead into both the Esterel Mountains and the beautiful Pointe de l’Aiguille Park, and the sea welcomes weary feet to bathe and recover in the evening.
When you first arrive at your holiday rental in Mandelieu, France, a walk along the San Peyre footpath is an excellent way to get your bearings and discover a little about the town. Not only does it take you to magnificent view points and aromatic gardens, but it also takes you to the Roman ruins of Mandelieu and an illustrated trig point naming all the sites you will encounter during your stay in a Mandelieu villa. The impressive castle you will see dominating the harbour is now home to an impressive collection of sculptures by Henry Clews.
Tourism in Mandelieu began to boom with the building of the golf course in 1891, and the course now known as the ‘Old Course’ is one of the oldest and best in France. There are now two golf courses, which help keep Mandelieu’s self catering villas busy, the 18 hole ‘Old Course’ and a new 9 hole course.
The sea also plays a strong part of the leisure and life on a Mandelieu holiday. Sailing, water sports and boating on the River Siagne or Riou are another magnificent way to relax. Mandelieu has a sailing school and plenty of opportunities for yacht rental or windsurf hire.
Mountain biking, horse riding and hiking in the Massif du Tanneron have become well known in the south of France. With endless beautiful countryside and 23 km of marked hiking trails the hills around Mandelieu holiday rentals is the perfect place to escape the hustle of the coast.
Mandelieu has a rich Mediterranean climate, where the summers are hot and last from May until September, and winters are mild and dry. With 300 days of sun every year, a holiday villa in Mandelieu is a great idea for a last minute holiday, whether you are looking for a golf holiday, walking holiday or just looking to stay in idyllic surroundings for a few days.
Nice International Airport (NCE) is just 20km from any of the accommodation in Mandelieu, making it easily accessible at any time of year. British Airways and easyJet have a large number of cheap flights to Mandelieu available.