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Like many coastal towns, Villeneuve-Loubet is a hybrid of medieval hilltop village and coastal resort. The upper part of town centers around the 12th-century Chateau and the lower town stretches along a 4-km long shingle beach.
In fact, it was originally two towns: Villeneuve was the upper part and Loubet was the coastal village. The coastal stretch is marked by the striking luxury development, Marina Baie des Anges. Although not a major tourist destination, staying in Villeneuve-Loubet is convenient for visiting next-door Antibes. Nice and Cannes are both an easy 20-minute drive away.
Around 500BC, the Greeks established Aegitna around the pond of Vaugrenier but it was taken over by the Oxybiens until they were chased into the mountains in 125BC. Then followed a Roman presence but it wasn't until 1200 that the first historical reference cited "Villanova" or New City. Along with the rest of the region, the town passed under the control of the Counts of Provence and Savoy. In the 16th century, King Francis I signed the Treaty of Nice in the Chateau of Villeneuve.
Museum of Culinary Art
Marina Baie des Anges
The hotel scene is modest in Villeneuve-Loubet with only two and three-star hotels. Here's a selection of the best hotels:
The local bus service is handled by Envibus which will shuttle you from the coast to the village and to neighboring towns.
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