A few kilometres from Cannes you’ll find Mandelieu-La Napoule, the mimosa capital and gateway to the Estérel. Every winter from January to March, mimosa trees illuminate the hills of Mandelieu. If you want to relax, explore, play a sport or be in an unspoilt natural environment, Mandelieu-La-Napoule will meet all your desires. Discover our selection of things to see and do in Mandelieu.
VISIT THE CHÂTEAU DE LA NAPOULE AND ITS GARDENS
Emerging from the sea with its magnificent red stone and towers – not to be missed!
The Château de La Napoule occupies a prestigious site on the seafront, known to the Romans more than 2,000 years ago. It was restored in the 1920s by the American artist Henry Clews. Although he devoted himself to the architecture of the chateau and the artistic works on display in the chateau museum, his wife was the architect of the gardens. They include water features and topiary. This historic monument is a fascinating glimpse of the history of architecture. In summer, enjoy the tea room on the terrace overlooking the sea.
RELAX ON MANDELIEU’S BEACHES
Dive into the limpid waters of the Golfe de La Napoule!
With its 3 kilometre coastline, Mandelieu-La-Napoule has 7 beautiful sandy beaches. A favourite is the Plage du Château and its unusual setting for a day on the beach near the harbour. Want more privacy? Walk along the coastal path and discover the secret beach just behind the chateau. A little further on, from the first red rocks of the Estérel, you’ll come across some small coves. Some are easier to get to than others but they will be quiet. Rather than sand there are small pebbles and the transparent water is just made for swimming.
MEET THE DOLPHINS
A sea trip from Mandelieu!
Looking for thrills and adventure?
Do you dream of swimming with dolphins, seeing turtles and whales? It’s possible in Mandelieu, aboard the Cala Rossa! Treat yourself to an extraordinary day, in the heart of the Pelagos sanctuary (about 25,000 dolphins), a true nature reserve created on the initiative of France, Monaco and Italy to protect of sea mammals, dolphins, whales and turtles… The mammals are spotted by plane. Once they’ve been located, jump into the water with the dolphins for an unforgettable experience!
WALK TO MONT SAN-PEYRE
Nature lover? Here is an idea for a walk in Mandelieu!
Standing 131 meters above sea level, this 18-hectare departmental park overlooks La Napoule, the plains of Siagne and Argentière and offers breathtaking 360-degree views of the Bay of Cannes, the Iles de Lérins and the Estérel massif. A 3.4 km a gently sloping path crosses it through pine trees, cork oaks and mimosas. At the summit, you’ll find the ruins of the old fortress. It is an absolute must during a weekend on the Côte d’Azur.
TAKE THE CORNICHE D’OR
Magnificent cornice bordered by the red rocks of the Estérel and the turquoise blue of the Mediterranean.
A natural attraction, the Corniche d’Or is a site of incomparable beauty that is definitely among the must-sees on the Côte d’Azur! During your stay in Mandelieu-La Napoule, don’t hesitate to take the famous Corniche d’Or road to experience the unique spectacle of the contrast between the azure blue Mediterranean and the red rock of the Estérel massif!
The Corniche d’Or has hidden creeks and wild coves with small, unique red sandy beaches…
IMPROVE YOUR SWING AT THE GOLF OLD COURSE
A legendary golf course a stone’s throw from the sea…
The Golf Old Course is a must in Mandelieu: a golfing estate that is unique in France – three courses for each level of play, on an area of 74 hectares planted with 4,000 umbrella pines. Crossing the Siagne by means of a ferry during the round is a characteristic and unique feature of the course; in winter, the sea breeze mixes with pine and mimosa species, leaving an unforgettable fragrance in the air… The Golf Old Course is one of the busiest golf courses in Europe and is still the no. 1 golf course in France with over 50,000 visits a year.
DISCOVER THE BEAUTY OF ITS DIVING SITES
Live a magical moment under water to discover the seabed in Mandelieu!
Want to try your hand at underwater diving? The seabed in this area of the Côte d’Azur is particularly beautiful. The diving clubs ensure good practice in this area and offer diving all year round, whatever your level: snorkelling (from 6 years old), introduction to diving and diving classes for children (from 8 years old), etc. A great way of discovering or rediscovering all the richness of our underwater world!
THE TOP THINGS
TO SEE AND DO IN MANDELIEU-LA NAPOULE
Residents and visitors to the Côte d’Azur, discover the selection of places, recommendations and favourites of the Côte d’Azur France community of ambassadors.
By Côte d’Azur France Ambassadors