The village of Contes is very well situated being just 15k from Nice and the other Mediterranean costal towns of Menton,Monaco, Cannes, Antibes etc are quickly and easily accessible from the A8, a short drive from the house. We are just 15 minutes from the Promenade des Anglais via les Tunnels de Paillons.
The old village is surrounded by mountains clad in olive groves, Mimosas and mediterranean oaks. The old village is easily visited using the lifts, these are from the bottom village where you find the shops, banks, restaurants etc. In the old village you can visit the 16C church, Renaissance fountain and museum.
You will have a view over our open air theatre where all through the summer free concerts are held, plus our newly built 500 seat theatre which attracts international acts.
There are many activities around Contes
Hiking, one of our favourite walks is to be found a 10 minute drive to Chateauneuf Villevielles, taking in the ruins of a 5C village, inhabited till 20C, and a panoramic 2 1/2 hr walk with views to the Esterelle, snow capped Alps and Nice laid out at your feet. Spectacular wild flowers in the spring. This link give details for this hike plus access to many other hikes.
Horse riding: http://www.centre-equestre-du-jas-des-rocs-la-pointe-de-contes.com/tarifs/
VTT and bikes: https://www.cg06.fr/envie-de-balade-a-velo/alpes-maritimes-a-velo-1947.html
Rock climbing: http://climbingaway.fr/fr/site-escalade/le-plantier
The Train de Merveilles. This is an excellent opportunity to hop on a train at Drap, 5 mins by car from the house, and sit back for an informative bi lingual guided visit, lasting 1 1/2hrs throughout this historic area to Tendes gateway to the Vallee des Merveilles.
The nearby city of Nice, with is long beaches, hold many attractions for all tastes.
Public transport, cheap and efficient
Tramway, with out of town parking 700 cars, costing 1€ per trip which pays all day parking, warning DO NOT FOLD OR CREASE ticket.
Velo Blue bike rentals, pick up and drop off all around the city
Guided visit on Segway, a fun way to visit the city.