Top 5 things to do in Mandelieu-la-Napoule

Do you have time to spend in Mandelieu-la-Napoule? Here’s an indicative list of things to see and do!

With a population of 22,696, Mandelieu-la-Napoule lies on the south-western edge of the Alpes-Maritimes department, bordering Cannes. Like all Côte d’Azur towns, a visit to Mandelieu-la-Napoule means appreciating the picturesque charm of Provence and its magnificent landscapes, bursting with sunshine all year round, and enjoying the upscale lifestyle typical of the Côte d’Azur.

And even in the surrounding area, you’ll have access to breathtaking sights, including the Estérel massif, the Tanneron massif, the Lérins islands, Mont San Peyre, the banks of the Siagne, the Corniche d’Or, the beaches of Mandelieu-la-Napoule and the Château de La Napoule. We’ve selected just a few for you.

1. Napoule castle

Château de la Napoule, Mandelieu

Photo credit: Flickr – Olivier CAPEL

Built in the 14th century on the seafront road by the Counts of Villeneuve, the château is a must-see if you’re visiting Mandelieu-la-Napoule. Listed as a historic monument, its grounds have been awarded the « Remarkable Garden » label. A former medieval fortress restored by American artists Henry and Marie Clews, the site now houses a large collection of sculptures and other contemporary works.

Erected on the seafront, facing the Bay of Cannes, its location gives it an undeniable charm. And the life of the Clews – the couple who brought the château back to life – can be felt in every corner of the château. Take advantage of the tranquility offered by the site’s verdant park and gardens to admire one of the most beautiful views on the Côte d’Azur: the seafront.

2. San Peyre hill

Colline de San Peyre, Mandelieu-la-Napoule

Fancy a hike in the heart of the city? It’s possible, by climbing the slopes of the San Peyre hill. It was from here that the Phoenicians, Ligurians and Romans kept watch over the Gulf of La Napoule. If you happen to visit Mandelieu-la-Napoule on your way to Cannes or Nice, you won’t be disappointed by the views this little town has to offer!

A volcanic cone overlooking the town and its golf course, it is classified as a departmental nature park. This 18-hectare urban park features a 3.4-kilometer path through garrigue, pine forest, cork and holm oaks and the sweet scent of mimosas. At the top, a panoramic view of the town awaits you at 131 meters above sea level.

3. The beaches of Mandelieu-la-Napoule

Plage de la Raguette, Mandelieu-la-Napoule

Plage de la Raguette – Photo credit: Flickr – David McKelvey

When you visit Mandelieu-la-Napoule, you’ll see that this commune boasts no less than seven beaches spread over 3 kilometers of fine sand, and numerous coves with their reddish rocks, typical of the Estérel massif. These beaches – Robinson, la Rague, la Raguette, plage du château and les Sables d’Or – are regularly inspected to ensure excellent water quality throughout the summer season.

Plage de la Raguette, for example, is our little favorite: set in a tiny peninsula, it faces due south and offers a beautiful view of the Esterel and the Pointe de l’Aiguille de Théoule-sur-Mer and its many coves. Loved by Mandolocians, it’s the perfect spot if you’re looking for a quiet stretch of sand to share good times with the family.

4. A boat trip


Photo credit: Shutterstock – Juergen Wackenhut

Feel like taking to the open seas for a day? To discover the beauty of the Côte d’Azur coastline, take a boat trip!

To rent a boat in Mandelieu-la-Napoule, you can choose between full-water sea or river ports. The two main ones are the port of La Napoule and the port of La Rague, located at the end of the gulf, and the private port of Cannes Marina. A day’s outing will allow you to visit the island of Sainte-Marguerite or the Mediterranean creeks.

5. The banks of the Siagne

Siagne, Mandelieu-la-Napoule

Photo credit: Wikimedia – Prosopee

A place of peace and tranquillity when visiting Mandelieu-la-Napoule, the banks of the Siagne stretch for almost three kilometers, from the town center to the coast. You’ll find over 2,000 trees of some 50 different species.

Take a pleasant stroll along the banks from the beach to the Inland port – Europe’s first dry port.

How do I get to Mandelieu-la-Napoule?

Mandelieu-la-Napoule is 10 km from Cannes, and can be reached by car or bike. But if you’re coming by plane, you’ll need to land at Nice airport. To find a cheap flight to Nice, you can search on our partner site Skyscanner.

Where to stay in Mandelieu-la-Napoule?

You can find a cheap hotel in Mandelieu-la-Napoule by searching on this hotel comparator.

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