Mandelieu-La Napoule (Fr. Mandelieu-La Napoule) is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur regionFrance.

The resort is known for the Château de la Napoule, a fortified castle of the fourteenth century. In the twentieth century, Henry Clews Jr. (son of the wealthy New York banker Henry Clews) and his wife Marie Clews, entirely renovated the château which they then inhabited.

It’s a popular part of the French Riviera of the Mediterranean resorts of France.

Mandelieu La Napoule is a sailor’s delight. It has seven ports offering 5,000 berths for yachts from 6 to 52 m.

There are about 20 golf clubs and golf courses near Mandelieu-la-Napoule. Old Course Golf is one of the most popular golf courses in Europe and remains the Nr. 1 French golf course with more than 50,000 visits per year.

Tourism and main attractions

  • Le San Peyre, a volcanic hill overlooking the Gulf of La Napoule
  • The Château de la Napoule, built in the fourteenth century, renovated and transformed in the twentieth century by the Americans Henry and Marie Clews
  • Saint-Pons parish church, 1763, rue du Cimetière au Capitou
  • Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption church, rue de la Plage fourteenth century in La Napoule
  • Notre-Dame-des-Mimosas Chapel, rue Jean Monnet

  • Notre-Dame-du-Liban Church, avenue de Fréjus
  • Chapelle Saint-Jean, avenue de Fréjus (destroyed and replaced by the church of Notre-Dame-du-Liban)
  • Saint-Jean chapel in the cemetery, Trois Termes forest road
  • Chapel of Maure-Vieil, chemin de Maure-Vieil
  • Ruins of the 13th century San-Peyre chapel, San-Peyre departmental park.


Main beaches: Beach of Raguette, Beach du Chateau, Plage Robinson. All beaches are good for kids.

Main cultural events

The mimosa festival, lasting ten days, has animated the streets of Mandelieu in February since 1931. Like many other towns, Mandelieu-la-Napoule wants to be the capital of mimosa. Since its importation in the nineteenth century, the mimosa has continued to spread and invade neighbouring natural sites, four tons of this flower are used each year to garnish the floats that parade in town during the festival of mimosa.

The second-hand boat show also takes place in Mandelieu-la-Napoule in November.


Shopping is not a priority on the tourist program. You can find better shopping in the nearest Cannes.

Mandelieu-la-Napoule Market is available from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm every week on Wednesday. The Market selling fruits, vegetables and local foods works from 8:00 to 13:00 every Wednesday on the Parking des Termes.

Cuisine and restaurants

Mandelieu-la-Napoule cuisine as mostly Mediterranean. The city offers only one one-star Michelin restaurant (Bessem 183, avenue de la République).

Transport and how to get to?

The town is served by the A8 motorway and is 35 minutes from Nice-Côte d’Azur airport. Cannes-Mandelieu airport straddles the two municipalities. In addition, the departmental D 6007 (former national 7) crosses the town, connecting it to Cannes and Saint-Raphaël.

Its station is served by the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur TER of the Les Arcs – Draguignan line to Nice-Ville and the nearest TGV station is Cannes (20 minutes).

The Palm Bus network serves the city:

– Palm Express A, making a trip between the Minelle Shopping Center and Cannes train station, with passages every twelve minutes during the week.

– Line 17, connecting the Bus Station to the Cannes Hospital via Ranguin and Le Cannet.

– Line 22, connecting Théoule-sur-Mer (from the town hall) and sometimes the Trayas to Cannes station via the seaside.

– Line 23, connecting the Siagne Business Park and many important places in the city.

– Line 620, line providing transport between Théoule-sur-Mer (from the town hall) and sometimes at Trayas at the Bus Station via the Albert Camus College.

– Palm Night N20 from 8:30 p.m. to 2:20 a.m., allowing overnight travel between Mandelieu town centre and Cannes train station via Boulevard du Midi.

Two ports on the gulf, the port of La Rague and the port of Mandelieu-la-Napoule as well as a marina with 1,720 berths on the Siagne, Cannes Marina, welcome pleasure boats.

Shortest distance by car:

From Paris (tolls): 9 hr 20 min (896 km) via A6 and A7

From Menton (tolls): 57 min (67.5 km) via A8

From Monaco (tolls): 52 min (59.6 km) via A8

From Beaulieu-sur-Mer (tolls): 55 min (54.3 km) via A8

From Villefranche-sur-Mer (tolls): 57 min (43.9 km) via A8

From Nice (tolls): 40 min (38.0 km) via A8

From Cagnes-sur-Mer (tolls): 25 min (25.3 km) via A8

From Antibes (tolls): 30 min (22.8 km) via A8

From Cannes: 19 min (9.0 km) via Boulevard du Midi Louise Moreau

From Fréjus (tolls): 26 min (29.5 km) via A8

From Saint-Raphaël (tolls): 34 min (32.2 km) via A8

From Sainte-Maxime (tolls): 51 min (62.7 km) via A8

From Saint-Tropez (tolls): 1 h 10 min (76.6 km) via A8

From Cavalaire-sur-Mer (tolls): 1 h 18 min (82.8 km) via A8

From Toulon (tolls): 1 h 11 min (114 km) via A57 and A8

From Aix-en-Provence (tolls): 1 h 28 min (140 km) via A8

From Nîmes (tolls): 2 h 31 min (245 km) via A8

From Marseille (tolls): 1 h 43 min (164 km) via A8

From Avignon (tolls): 2 h 16 min (225 km) via A7 and A8

From Montpellier (tolls): 2 h 55 min (291 km) via A8

From Sète (tolls): 3 h 5 min (319 km) via A8

From Agde (tolls): 3 h 19 min (344 km) via A9 and A8

From Pézenas (tolls): 3 h 21 min (346 km) via A9 and A8

From Béziers (tolls): 3 h 28 min (356 km) via A9 and A8

From Perpignan (tolls): 4 h 4 min (440 km) via A9 and A8

From Argelès-sur-Mer (tolls): 4 h 25 min (467 km) via A9 and A8

From Collioure (tolls): 4 h 30 min (474 km) via A9 and A8

From Narbonne (tolls): 3 h 35 min (379 km) via A9 and A8

From La Baule-Escoublac (tolls): 10 h 47 min (1,183 km) via A7

From Saint-Nazaire (tolls): 10 h 45 min (1,169 km) via A7

From Nantes (tolls): 9 h 59 min (1,108 km) via A62

From Saumur (tolls): 8 h 59 min (978 km) via A7

From Les Sables-d’Olonne (tolls): 9 h 57 min (1,097 km) via A62

From Cognac (tolls): 8 h 21 min (883 km) via A62

From Angoulême (tolls): 8 h 15 min (881 km) via A62

From Eauze (tolls): 6 h 37 min (655 km) via A8

From La Rochelle (tolls): 8 h 45 min (945 km) via A62

From Rochefort (tolls): 8 h 23 min (917 km) via A62

From Saintes (tolls): 8 h 6 min (881 km) via A62

From Arcachon (tolls): 7 h 45 min (819 km) via A62

From Royan (tolls): 8 h 28 min (885 km) via A62

From Biarritz (tolls): 7 h 46 min (827 km) via A64

From Saint-Jean-de-Luz (tolls): 7 h 48 min (833 km) via A64

From Bayonne (tolls): 7 h 37 min (815 km) via A64

From Dax (tolls): 7 h 37 min (794 km) via A64

From Lourdes (tolls): 6 h 34 min (694 km) via A8

From Pau (tolls): 6 h 48 min (711 km) via A64

From Périgueux (tolls): 7 h 33 min (801 km) via A20

From Bordeaux (tolls): 7 h 15 min (767 km) via A62

From Toulouse (tolls): 4 h 59 min (526 km) via A61, A9 and A8

From Carcassonne (tolls): 4 h 6 min (435 km) via A9 and A8

From Andorra (tolls): 6 h 50 min (615 km) via A8

Private air transportation for the town (and for nearby Cannes) is provided by Cannes – Mandelieu Airport.

Main information

Area: 31.4 sq. km

Population: 22 500

Languages: French

Currency: euro

Visa: Schengen

Time: Central European UTC +1

Coordinates: 43°32′47″N 6°56′17″E

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