Le Rayol – The French Riviera

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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.

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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 €.

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Published by Jill London

Hi, I’m Jill, a writer and teacher living in the UK, usually behind a desk but sometimes on a sofa with a book or a film. I began writing at around age three, legibly by five, although I didn’t write any stories until I was older. Aged eleven, I began writing children’s fiction, mostly middle-grade fantasy and I’m still doing it to this day. I have had stories published online and in My Weekly magazine. The best bit about writing is when ideas pop into your head (from the writing fairy presumably?) and everything starts clipping together like a jigsaw puzzle. The worst bit? When you start to get the feeling there's a piece missing from the box...

14 thoughts on “Le Rayol – The French Riviera

  1. “Avenue des Belges” – hey, that’s our street! “Belgian avenue,” get it? 🙂

    I live in Belgium but I’ve never been anywhere near that area. I’d love to go, though. Did you just go there?

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    1. Mmm, laying back on that silky sand, the warm sun on your skin tinged by a delicate breeze, and the deliciously cool, turquoise water lapping at your toes… Humph, now I’ve made myself jealous 😦

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  2. I’m with you on that one. If I could, I would be living there right now. I actually proposed to my girlfriend in the Verdon Gorge after spending a few days around Saint Tropez and Ramatuelle, (getting married in september, scary), so the place has got its meaning for us.

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