Wander round Grasse
Stroll through the narrow cobbled streets of the old quarter, a great place to find gifts to take home, especially scented soaps and perfumes, as this is the main business of the town. There is a market most mornings in the square Cours Honoré-Cresp, from where there are far reaching views of the Cote d'Azur hills down to the sea. On a Wednesday morning, there is also an antiques market.
Perfumeries and Perfume Museum
Grasse is internationally renowned for its perfume production, and offers ample opportunity to sample and buy perfumes and a wide variety of fragranced goods as well as discovering the origins of perfume making at the Fragonard, Molinard or Galimard perfume factories or at the fascinating Musée International de la Parfumerie.
Art and History Museum
Discover the local history of the Provence region through everything from faïence pottery to toys, furniture, costumes and paintings, at the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire in Grasse.
Tour of the 'villages perchés'
Enjoy a scenic drive around the nearby hilltop villages such as Cabris, Le Bar sur Loup and St Paul de Vence, stopping en route for a leisurely lunch or a coffee in the square.
Check out the yachts at Mandelieu, Cannes, Juan les Pins or Antibes.
One of the most luxurious and prestigious destinations on the Côte d'Azur, Cannes is easily accessible (about 30 minutes drive), and offers a wide variety of activities for everyone. It is best known for its fashionable designer boutiques and being home to the famous annual Film Festival, which brings an influx of stars and celebrities every May. However, venture deeper into Cannes' older quarters to discover an area teeming with character, a labyrinth of winding cobbled passageways and tiny streets leading down to the Old Port, whilst enjoying the beautiful Mediterranean climate, dominated by sea, sand and sun.
Family day out
Espace Marineland, just outside of Antibes, is a marine park with over 4000 animals, including a tropical reef aquarium, a shark tunnel, polar bears and penguins, and shows of sea lions, orcas and dolphins. On the same site, there is also the Aquasplash water park, the ‘Far West’ theme park and Adventure Golf. Plus plenty of play areas, picnic spots and restaurants.
Lac de Saint-Cassien
Take the Draguignan road to the west of Grasse, then left onto the Route du Lac for a scenic drive along the shore of Lake St Cassien. Stop off for lunch at a lakeside restaurant, and for an active afternoon hire a canoe or pedalo and go out on the water.
Golfers are spoilt for choice, with four superb courses in the Grasse area: Golf du Claux-Amic, Golf de la Grande Bastide, Royal Mougins, and Cannes-Mougins golf club. If you will play more than twice during your stay, it may be worth purchasing a ‘Golf Pass’ which includes the use of the several courses in a one or two week period.
'Canyon Forest' in Villeneuve-Loubet offers a treetop adventure course that kids (and energetic adults) will love, involving rope swings, nets, bridges etc in the trees. Minimum age is 8 years old and minimum height 1.3m tall. For smaller children, 'Pitchoun Forest' near Villeneuve-Loubet offers an easier course suitable for children as young as 3.
Browse and people-watch in Valbonne
The little town of Valbonne has a compact historic centre, jam packed with little boutiques and art galleries, and with a lovely central square where several restaurants have set up their tables. Perfect for soaking up the atmosphere and watching the world go by...
Day at the beach
Head down to Cagnes sur Mer with its long promenade, many cafés and facilities, and water sports on offer. Or further to the west, there are lovely sandy beaches at Antibes.
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