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Vallauris (on the hillside between Cannes and Antibes) and environs — including two lovely inland hill towns: Gourdon and Cabris

Jake Dear | Apr 23, 201711:12 AM

Here’s a quick and belated report, part two of three (#1 is here: from September 2016:

In Vallauris we stayed multiple nights at, and highly recommend, Villa Le port d’Attache, a secluded and beautifully situated 4-room B&B with sweeping views where we enjoyed superb breakfasts on the terrace and conversations with delightful owners Gillian and Daniel Lecadre. Nearby dining, for dinner, was down the hill in Vallauris, on the central plaza terrace of Café Llorca,, where we experienced bright and fresh cooking. Two other dinners were farther down the hill at the port of Golfe-Juan, first at Le Bistrot du Port, an elegant and sophisticated seafood specialist run by two brothers,; and then at La Casa,, which was simple and nothing special (we should have returned for a second dinner at Le Bistrot du Port).

Two lunches were in in the old town of Antibes, first at Le Don Juan, — good, but not great; and a simple but fresh salade Nicoise and a couple glasses at a wine bar, tiny Au Marche, on the square next to the covered market, with one well-meaning but overwhelmed chef/server. Tiny “Mer-Sea,” on our list and almost across the street, was closed one day, and on the next, one of us could not handle raw. Tant pis; the place looked good. We also wanted to try the more upscale Figuier,, just a minute’s walk away, but it was closed Tues and Wed. (Take a look at the web site, it seems lovely.)

Inland, we had a great view and OK dining on the lively terrace of La Taverne Provencale, in the beautiful and dramatic hilltop village of Gourdon.

Our top dining at lunch in this area was at L’Auberge du Vieux Chateau, in the stately and quiet/ not overrun by tourists hillside village of Cabris (about 8 km west of the nice town of Grasse), We had no reservation, and hence had to settle for a super inside table overlooking the terrace and view instead of being on the terrace itself. But wow, it was a fine experience and the cooking was fresh and vibrant. (Note, a few rooms are available.)

PS: Another lovely inland & hillside lunch (totally different — basic and old time Nicoise cooking) was at Café de Platanes, in Villars Sur Var — but I’ll save that for the next (Nice & environs) report. — Jake

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