At the convergence of the Loup and Mardaric, the village of Villeneuve-Loubet stands on a hill, while the new town and its buildings stretch down to the Mediterranenan.
The coast offers you 4 km of beaches, where the European Blue Flag flies.
Once you have parked on the vast car park on the banks of the Loup, gird your loins to climb up to the old village, where stairways are omnipresent and which is crowned by its medieval keep.
You'll be surprised to discover an interesting village, with steeply sloping streets bordered by colourful facades and balconies decorated with flowers.
At the top, a large church with a square belltower deserves a visit (it was built at the end of the 15th century by the Lascaris family), while the chateau, hiding behind its high walls, is bound to intrigue you.
It is surrounded by vast grounds, and all that can be seen from outside is the top of its 33 metre high watchtower.
You'll be delighted to know that it is open to visitors. The owner, the marquis of Panisse-Passis, recently decided to open the doors of his residence to visitors.
The chateau was built in the 13th century by Romee de Villeneuve, and consists of four buildings grouped around a trapezoidal inner courtyard. The (9th century) keep is surrounded by two rings of defensive walls with crenellations and arrow slits.
The Panisse-Passis family became the owners of the chateau by inheritance in 1741. It is surrounded by 10 hectares of grounds where Mediterranean and exotic tree species are to be found.
In Parc de Vaugrenier another listed chateau is to be found, a 16th century Renaissance style villa. Half of the municipality is forest (ancient oaks, maritime pines, mimosas, etc.). It is the most wooded of the coastal municipalities.
Combining culture, nature and ... beaches, Villeneuve-Loubet is the ideal place for a holiday!
What to see
Villeneuve chateau, included on the list of Historical monuments.
(guided tours organised by the Tourist office from March to October, at 2 p.m.)
The medieval village. Church of St Marc. The bridge over the Loup.
The Robert Roque wall fresco.
EscoffierMuseum of Culinary Arts (Escoffier created the Peach Melba!!)
Baie Des Anges Marina.
Archaeological remains (wall of a large temple from the 7th century B.C.)
Parc naturel des Loup (167 species of Mediterranean vegetation)
Parc naturel desVaugrenier (which comprises a freshwater lake that is very popular with many bird species).
Equestrian centre. Tennis-club with 18 courts, 9-hole practice golf course
4 Adventure parks.
All kinds of nautical activities (sailing, motorboating, diving, fishing, etc.)
On the beaches, hire of windsurfers, catamarans, dinghies, kayaks, sea scooters, jet ski, canoes, towed tractor tyres, "bananas", etc.
Health trail (1.9 km circuit). Walking paths (6 km of paths, 5 km of tracks).
Marked circuit of 2.9 km linking the beaches to the village for pedestrians and cyclists. Continuous, marked, protected bicycle lane.
Rental of two-wheeled vehicles and mountain-bikes. Big game fishing. Parakite.
Fitness and thalassotherapy centre.
Provençal market on Wednesday and Saturday morning.
Antiques and flea markets every Sunday.