Villa Fleurie - Useful tips

Useful tips

Arrival

You get to Villa Fleurie by exiting at exit no. 36 on Highway A8 between Marseille and Nice. The exit is marked with (among other names) Draguignan and Trans en Provence. Follow these signs. You will soon find yourself at a four-lane road that passes five traffic circles (roundabouts) before you arrive at a traffic circle with a fountain in its center. You are then in Trans. Turn left at the traffic circle; then take the first road to the right. Drive about 200 meters till you get to a relatively high wall on the right hand side of the road, just before you reach the top of the hill. The garden and the house lie behind/above this wall. It takes about 45 minutes to drive from the airport in Nice to the property.

Restaurants

Trans has four restaurants and several bars. Several of our guests have especially recommended the restaurant you pass on the way to the center of Trans.

In Les Arcs, where there is a similar number of restaurants, we especially recommend the hotelŐs restaurant on top of the town.

Between Antibes and Cap de Antibes there is a special dining place near the beach, called Plage Miller, which we highly recommend, also if you want to have lunch. There are, however, numerous good dining places in the area.

Have a nice time!

 

Wine

All of the vineyards in the area around Trans are hospitable places and generally always welcome visitors. We choose not to recommend any particular vineyard. However, we do have a preference for buying wine at the co-op near the entrance to Taradeau (a small town west of Les Arcs, about 10 minutes’ drive away). Their wines are of high quality and are sold at modest prices. Taste, among other wines, the rosé Les Rougians. One of the closest vineyards, St Roseline, also sells high quality wine, but at somewhat higher prices. This place is however worth a visit, not the least because of its chapel, which has a magnificent mural by Chagall.

Shopping

The shopping center Carrefour, located 2 kilometers away in the direction towards Draguignan, has absolutely everything. What it doesn’t have, you will find in the shops nearby. Baguettes and croissants can be bought fresh in the morning from one of the local bakers in Trans.

Ikea in Toulon is 45 minutes away and has more or less the same range of articles as the Norwegian Ikea stores. Some brands of clothes you can only get in St Tropez or in one of the big Riviera cities.

 

Excursions

A visit to St Tropez by boat from St Maxime is virtually a must for most of our guests. St Tropez has, in spite of its large number of tourists, a unique atmosphere. The arrival by sea is also a unique experience.


A walk in the medieval part of Les Arcs is nice.


The artist towns of Mougins, St Paul de Vence and Eze are worth visiting. The same can be said of the famous cities along the Riviera: Monaco, Nice, Antibes, and Cannes. A guide book will give you directions to lots of other exciting places to visit.


We especially recommend a visit to Porquerolles, a quaint island outside Hyeres. It has a charming little downtown area, idyllic pine woods, and particularly nice beaches. The drive from the house to the pier area outside Hyeres takes a little less than an hour. There is ample parking space, but please note that the boat trip to the island is relatively expensive.


There are many golf courses within less than an hour’s drive. We don’t yet have enough experience to recommend any particular golf course.

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