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

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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, 2017 11:12 AM

Here’s a quick and belated report, part two of three (#1 is here: https://www.chowhound.com/post/dining...) 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. http://www.portdattache.com/en/. Nearby dining, for dinner, was down the hill in Vallauris, on the central plaza terrace of Café Llorca, http://www.cafellorcavallauris.com/, 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, http://www.bistrotduport.com/; and then at La Casa, https://www.facebook.com/La-Casa-4846..., 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, https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restauran... — 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,” https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restauran... 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, http://www.restaurant-figuier-saint-e..., 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, http://www.lataverneprovencale.com/ 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), http://www.aubergeduvieuxchateau.com/.... 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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