Greolieres is a tiny mountain village, perched up high in the Maritime Alps, north of the Riviera and Provence. It is pressed against the southern flank of the Cheiron mountain, which rears up some 1400m above Greolieres. This mountainous part of southern France is known, in the main, for its winter sports, and some 12 miles north of the village is the ski resort Greolieres-les-Nieges. The village of Greolieres itself offers many excellent self catering holiday apartments and chalets, but it is in the ski resort to the north that many more fine chalets and apartments for rent can be found, close to where the skiing action is.
In the summer months, hiking in the lower foothills of the Montagne du Cheiron is a challenging, but exciting means of getting the best out of the spectacular scenery of the Maritime Alps. The resort also offers people on their holidays in Greolieres activities from horse-riding to paragliding. For the even hardier, and even fitter, hill cycling is taken up by those keen to push their boundaries. But for most visitors, the winter-time is the time to come to Greolieres, when the snow is thick and the pistes ready for the ranges of winter sports undertaken at Greolieres-les-Nieges. The resort is well equipped for cross-country skiing, as well as having its own ski school.
In addition to all of the exciting physical pursuits available to the visitor in the mountains, there is much to see when you backtrack down to the lower hills of Provence. The main town immediately to the south is Grasse, known as the perfume capital of the world. The town has long been associated with the perfume industry, since the essential scents and smells of the mountain meadow flowers were first extracted and bottled. The town has a lovely maze-like feel to it, and amongst the brightly coloured, steep and narrow streets you will find many perfumery boutiques selling exquisite scents.
The weather in any mountainous region, such as for your holidays in Greolieres, is inevitably very variable, and changeable even within one day - so accurate local weather forecasts are essential to most activities in the area, especially in the winter. The temperature also varies significantly according to altitude; in general terms this Alpine region is characterised by very cold winters at the altitude that Greolieres and Greolieres les Nieges sit at. Summer is warmer, but often wet, and being prepared for any weather conditions is essential even during the warmer months.
Travellers looking to spend their holidays in Greolieres will first need to fly to the nearest international airport, at Nice (NCE). easyJet, Jet2.com and BMI Baby all fly out to Nice, with affordable, regular direct flights, from all London airports (LGW, LHR, LTN), as well as East Midlands (EMA), Bristol (BRS), Manchester (MAN) and Edinburgh (EDI), to name but a few. From there, a coach transfer, or car hire, is the only practical means up to your accommodation in Greolieres.