VILLENEUVE - LOUBET
Villeneuve-Loubet (Vilanòva Lobet in Provencal in the classical standard and Vilonovo-Loubet in the Mistralian standard) is a French commune located in the department of Alpes-Maritimes, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, on the Côte d ' Azure. The city is located between the two largest cities of the Alpes-Maritimes, Cannes (17 km to the west) and Nice (8 km to the east).
The town is made up of two ancient villages: the old village of Villeneuve inland, and the village of Loubet on the shores of the Mediterranean.
The Villeneuvois coastline meets everyone's desires with its natural beaches, pretty pebbles and landscaped sandy areas. It is also highly appreciated for the quality of its bathing waters, which are among the best classified in the Alpes-Maritimes. With 4 kilometers of coastline, Villeneuve-Loubet has all the assets of a seaside resort.
The oldest traces of occupation in the town date back to Protohistory with a habitat scattered over several sites, but the most important remains of occupation date back to the Iron Age and especially the Roman period. In the High Middle Ages the town was formed from several formerly occupied territories including:
-The Loubet, known from the 11th century, provided with a fortified dwelling and a church in the 12th century
-Villeneuve founded around 1234 by Romée de Villanova of a Catalan family, in the service of the Accounts of Provence of the House of Barcelona who seek to establish their power in eastern Provence. He erected a castle on the site of the current Château de Villeneuve-Loubet. The medieval fortress was redeveloped over time after the castle lost its military function to become a holiday resort.
During the Renaissance in the 16th century, the Lascaris, lords of Villeneuve managed to rebuild and repopulate the village, deserted following epidemics and food shortages. At that time Villeneuve-Loubet was at the heart of the Italian wars which opposed Emperor Charles V to the King of France. In 1538 François 1er, King of France, came to stay there to negotiate the Truce of Nice with the Emperor at the request of Pope Paul III.
During the Belle Epoque, the town with its shops and craftsmen was a small, lively agricultural town of a thousand inhabitants. The townspeople of Grasse and Nice get into the habit of coming to relax on Sundays at the edge of the Loup (river running from the high limestone plateaus to the sea through wild and cool gorges and ending gently after 50km in the Mediterranean in Villeneuve-Loubet).
At the start of the 20th century, the arrival of the tram definitely anchored tourism in Villeneuve-Loubet.
After the Second World War, the French Riviera became a destination of choice for summer vacations. Villeneuve is the French capital of campsites with around thirty sites located on the shores of the Mediterranean. Since then real estate programs are being carried out. The most emblematic is that of Marina Baie des Anges, built between 1969 and 1993. This tourist complex around a marina was classified as an architectural heritage in 2001.
ACTIVITIES IN VILLENEUVE-LOUBET:
Canyon Forest: In an exceptional site, 4 adventure trails to climb the trees. More than 180 workshops: tree climbing, climbing, monkey bridge, tarzan jump, jungle tobogganing, giant 331m zip line… Accessible to people over 1m30 - signatory of the Accueil Vélo Charter. Mandatory reservation.
Pitchoun Forest: Educational adventure course for kids with 60 balance and zip line workshops under the supervision of instructors. Quiz illustrated in panels and audio terminals. Accessible to children from 3 to 10 years old between 1m and 1m50 - Reservation required.
Village des Fous: 2 hectare multi-activity area with more than 40 games, beach splash, flying bathtub, slides, 13m wire tower. Picnic and snack areas in the park.
Le Bois des Lutins: Le Bois des Lutins is a spectacular course of nets at the top of hundred-year-old trees, a village of huts perched in the high branches, 2 hectares of games and discoveries, a wonderful country where elves live, fairies and gnomes ...
Seaside resort :
Nautical bases / scuba diving
Several water sports centers offering: jet skis, towed vehicles, parasailing, jet trekking, water skiing, wake boarding, extrem jet boat, motor boat rental without a license
BeFreeToDive scuba diving club offering: Baptism, Supervision & Training FFESSM, PADI / Aquatic Hiking / Initiation & Freediving Training FFESSM, AIDA. Discovery pack.
Yacht Club offering: Sailing school. Handivoile labeled. Supervised lessons and outings. Courses and rentals: optimist, catamaran, PAV, paddle.
Villeneuvoises beaches and port:
Marked by the famous parasols, the Villeneuve beaches are designed so that everyone can enjoy the pleasures of the Mediterranean. The majority of the beaches are natural and vary with the swell: pebbles, sand, small pebbles, they have their followers. And thanks to two sandy beaches, our coastline meets everyone's desires.
The activities are numerous, several private establishments offer their services (promenade, nautical bases, catering, deckchair, refreshment bar). The town has signed an anti-smoking charter which is applied on most of the beaches.
The best known: Bouches du Loup beach, Battery beach, The lagoon (swimming pool)
Port Marina Baie des Anges
Parks & Gardens:
Natural parks: Parc de Vaugrenier, Parc des Rives du Loup
Children’s garden: Yosi's World, Eco Parc des Plans
Fitness & Well-being:
Several establishments offer you everything for your well-being.
Sports & Leisure:
Horse riding, Golf, Gaming, Tennis Club, Soccer, Hiking
Since 2000, before all the other communes of the Alpes-Maritimes, Villeneuve-Loubet innovated by creating “La Villeneuvoise”, the first shared network - cycles and pedestrians - which offers a total connection between the seaside and the village. This delimited and continuous greenway is ideal for utility and leisure use. To date the town offers nearly 20 km of cycle networks to which are added the practicable paths of the 2 natural parks. The Tourist Office has been distinguished by the "Accueil Vélo" brand for its commitment to offering quality hospitality and services to cyclists roaming or walking in the town. Villeneuve-Loubet being a stopover town for EuroVelo 8, a European circuit that passes through the South of France.
Some ideas: The Cycling Welcome Charter, La Villeneuvoise cycle tour, Family Bike Rally, The Mediterranean by Bike
Guided tours :
Port Marina Baie des Anges
Museums & Art Galleries:
Culinary Art Museum
Museum of History & Art
The Maïoun dei Granouïe
A. Malraux Cultural Space
Stroll along the wolf
"Baie des Anges" walk
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