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Carla's Cap Negre

Cap Negre, from LeLavandou.eu If you're vacationing near Le Lavandou or Cavalière this August, you might find yourself snorkeling next to French President Nicolas Sarkozy. 

Sarkozy will soon head for the Western French Riviera for a 3-week vacation in Carla's Bruni-Tedeschi family residence on Cap Nègre.Cap Negre, from LeLavandou.eu

Fort Bregançon may be the traditional summer residence of French Presidents (see our post on this here), but the Sarkozy couple prefers a more cheerful and warm family spot.

After a dizzy spell that had him hospitalized last weekend (nothing serious), the prez is on strict orders to rest. Easier said that done for a man whose personal buzz and energy could replace our need for fossil fuels.

What to do in and around Cap Nègre?

PlageDeCavaliere, from LeLavandou.euThe area around Le Lavandou, Cavalière, Cap Nègre, sports a string of fine sandy beaches: the Plage du Layet by the calanques of the same name, the fairly narrow but long sandy Plage de Cavalière, Plage de Cap Nègre before the rocky cape. Stroll around and pick your favorite.

Interested in half-day hikes around the nearby Maures Mountains, St Tropez, Hyères and all over the Western Côte d'Azur?

Check out our English-language hiking guide here. It's available on Amazon.com (and Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.de too!). We detail 26 of the most spectacular hikes in the region, with each hike lasting no more than half a day.

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