Agay & Anthéor
AGAY & ANTHEOR –Agay is a glorious Riviera village, in a beautiful natural bay, ringed by the Esterel Mountains. The bay is about a kilometre wide and encompasses two popular sandy beaches.
Anthéor lies with Agay on the rugged and extraordinary coastline between St Raphael and Cannes, and they both hug the precipitous red cliffs and mountain sides.
It is known that there have been people living on the Cote d'Azur for thousands of years, and relics around the Bay of Agay show the presence of prehistoric settlements in the area. It is presumed that Greek sailors founded the town some 500 B.C. and a number of remains from Greek, Etruscan and Carthaginian maritime traders have been found by archaeological researchers in the waters around Agay and Le Dramont.
Through the centuries Agay and Antheor were isolated, and only reachable by sea. The first road along the Corniche d'Or was constructed in the beginning of the 20th century when from 1900 to 1903 a road (the RN98) and the railway from Saint-Raphäel to Cannes were built.
Accessibility today make Antheor and Agay lovely and popular holiday villages, their undeniable character and seductively quiet atmosphere preserved. The beaches are pristine and the sea temperatures never get much below 14°C keeping the bays remarkably warm in winter when outside temperatures seldom fall below 10°C. Add to that, lovely restaurants, boutique hotels, delightful local shops, and the fact that on Wednesdays the market comes to Agay, and in the evenings in summer a bustling antique market fills the little streets, and the picture becomes utterly alluring and to many, irresistible.
Just inland is the Foret d'Esterel, a natural forest of 100 square kilometres, and rising beyond that are the natural shield of the Esterel Mountains famous for the remarkable red rocks which form them.
Agay and Antheor are undeniable jewels on the Mediterranean.
The views across the Mediterranean and of the exquisite coastline with its multitude of sea-colours and shades of turquoise and blue are breath-taking. For this reason, the properties for sale in Anthéor and Agay generally come with “a view to die for”.
When the writer Stéphen Liégeard coined the phrase by titling his 1887 book “La Côte d’Azur”, substituting the azure-blue colour of the Mediterranean for the gold of Côte-d'Or, he must surely have been writing from there. Everything is beautiful – the landscape, nearby beaches, nearby resorts, the climate, and even the people of the Var.
With 341,000 hectares of forest, the Var is the second most wooded department of France after Landes with a coastline of fine sand, rocky caps, wild creeks, and magnificent natural wonders including the Canyons of Verdon. These are the largest and deepest canyons in Europe, and all these factors combined make it amongst the most spectacular of all departments. Long warm summers and mild winters are just the final reasons that Anthéor and Agay have become so very popular with people searching for a home or a second home on the Cote d’Azur.