Holiday rentals in Grasse are within easy reach of Nice and Marseille airport, tucked away at the foot of the French alps. This picturesque town is sometimes nicknamed the “world capital of fragrance”; not only is it home to some well-established perfume houses, such as Fragonard and Galimard, but its fields of flowers – roses, tuberoses, mimosa, jasmine – have inspired many famous noses, among them Ernest Beaux, creator of Chanel No. 5. One of that perfume’s key ingredients is Grasse’s hallmark flower, Rose de Mai. It is harvested only in May, making that a great time of year to find a holiday villa Grasse so you can experience it firsthand.
If you’re not in a Grasse holiday rental during the harvest, you can still enjoy plenty of perfume museums, for example the Villa-Musée Fragonard, or the Musée Internationale de la Parfumerie. You can also visit the Provence art and history museum, and the museum of costume and jewellery.
Grasse is also home to an underground grotto, Les Grottes de Saint-Cézaire, where you can walk around in an area of impressive subterranean beauty, and the Souterroscope de Baume Obscure. The Souterroscope is around 20 minutes away from Grasse, and 60 metres underground. The striking stalagtites and stalagmites and other mineral formations, fossils, and even horseshoe bats, make for a unique day trip out from a Grasse holiday rental What’s more, just under an hour away from Grasse is the Monts d’Azur nature reserve, the only reserve in Europe without barriers – you can approach the animals on foot!