Grasse is situated 15km inland from Cannes on the French Riviera, Cote d’Azur. Famous for being the world’s perfume capital, Grasse is the gateway to the hills, forests and canyons of Alpes-Maritimes, and has been a popular tourist destination for many centuries. It is a haven of well-being, with access to beaches, sun, astonishing countryside and powerful fragrances. A holiday villa in Grasse is both a natural and cultural melting pot, where a warm welcome, fine food and natural excellence will entice you to return year after year.
Just 15km from Grasse is the city of Cannes, where the rich and famous take their holidays. The world famous Cannes Film Festival in May has drawn the eyes of the world to the luxury accommodation, huge yachts and fine sandy beach in Cannes. The film festival is not the only time for performing arts or theatre in Cannes. The Palais des Festivals hosts a vast array of concerts, festivals, theatre and art all year round.
Nice is another rival for pick of the French Riviera. It is a remarkable Mediterranean city with striking mountains on one side and sweeping pebble beaches marking the boundary on the other. Nice has a wealth of galleries, theatres and culture, not to mention some of the most extensive markets in the south of France.
The old town of Grasse is large and incredibly interesting. Built from the 17th Century onwards, ancient alleys and tunnels erupt into picturesque squares. The Place aux Aires is probably the most endearing with the three tiered fountain in the centre, surrounded by small boutiques. The Cathedral of Notre Dame du Puy and clock tower are beautiful pieces of architecture, which also hold priceless works of art, and are well worth visiting from a Grasse rental villa. A historical walking tour has been designed, and is a great way to discover some of the hidden gems of Grasse when you first arrive in your Grasse holiday accommodation.
Grasse is the origin of a number of magnificent walks into the hills above the Cote d’Azur. The ‘Balcony of the Cote d’Azur’ walk is one of the most famous hiking trails in southern France, and a Grasse holiday rental provides the perfect base from which to tackle it. Once in the hills of Pays de Grasse, rafting, canyoning, climbing and paragliding are available, and have become steadily more popular activities to try from a self catering villa in Grasse.
Grasse also has three top class golf courses open to the public. The Golf Grasse Country Club and Club de Saint Donat offer 18 and 27 holes respectively with beautiful views of the coast.
Grasse villas are popular all year round. Summers draw the attention to the beaches of Cannes, Nice and Villefranche-sur-Mer, with temperatures averaging over 26?C for July and August, whilst the art and culture bursting from Grasse, Vence and Mougins draw renters to Grasse self catering accommodation in the winter when temperatures hover around a pleasant 10?C.
Nice International (NCE) Airport is half an hour by road from any villa in Grasse, receiving daily flights from 14 British Airports. Cheap flights are available during the summer from easyJet and British Airways.