Welcome to... Grasse
Visiting the South of France as a tourist is a wonderful experience, it is a country that will draw you back time and time again; just when you think it cannot get any better, and you’ve found a little piece of heaven on earth… you discover yet another gem, one to be explored and savoured: but next time. As someone seeking to purchase a property of residence on the Côte d'Azur…you too are spoilt for choice: the region is positively awash with glitz, glamour and old world charm.
Set against a backdrop of mountains, forests, blue sky, and panoramic views over the bay of Cannes and Antibes, the town of Grasse is an interesting and popular destination for visitors and those seeking a more relaxed lifestyle. Take in the sights…then pause, close your eyes, and breathe in the sweet fragrances that are carried on the breeze…you are in the heart of French perfume country - the smell of flowers and fresh air will lift you up, and carry you away…
The old town of Grasse is large, old, and extremely interesting. Winding alleys and backstreets weave a maze around this enchanting little Shangri-la, its charm and character steeped firmly in the 17th and 18th century. Grasse has been a perfume town ever since the 17th century and today is renowned as the perfume capital of the world. Grasse was a favourite resort of Queen Victoria who spent several winters here, residing in the Rothschild's sumptuous villa, or at the Grand Hotel. Napoleon himself passed through Grasse in 1815, but had other things on his mind at the time, and did not stop off to appreciate the scenery or climate.
Take the time to visit awhile the three-tiered Place aux Aires fountain in the square of the old quarter of town. Relax and enjoy a coffee as the crystal clear waters bubble and gurgle gently in the background. From here you can continue your journey of discovery, unravel the secrets and hidden treasures of this little known, but nevertheless fascinating historical town. When you leave Place des Aires, with its elegant arcades and Louis XV fountain, seek out the Saracen tower, and the remains of the 16th century ramparts.
Further down the old part of town, a narrow street leads onto the Place du Petit Puy with its 10th century Notre Dame du Puy Cathedral, and its large 18th century clock tower. Inside is the beautiful altar attributed to Louis Bréa, plus stained glass windows and a collection of statues by Baillet. The cathedral houses a number of fine paintings, including three by Rubens, when the artist was little known. Nearby, in the Place Godeau stands the impressive 12th-century "Tour de Guet" watch tower.
Estate Net France has an extensive range of real estate in and around the Grasse region including luxury villas with landscaped gardens, pools and spectacular views, prestigious apartments incorporating the most up to-date amenities and facilities, penthouse apartments, farm and town houses. Renovation projects too are seen by investors as an excellent opportunity. Whatever your requirements, we at Estate Net France will provide a personal service with our representatives here to assist you in finding the property that meets your exact specification.
Throughout the year Grasse and the surrounding area plays host to a feast of festivals, carnivals and concerts. As one would expect in a land steeped in culture and artistic tradition, there are an abundance of museums, and art galleries. Top class restaurants, charming cafes and chic bars, all make daylight strolling, and candlelight dining, pleasures to be savoured. The list of “things to do” in Grasse is long and varied. Almost every pastime and leisure activity is catered for here; from nearby water sports and deep sea fishing, to horse riding along kilometres of unspoilt landscapes, to taking on the challenging nearby golf courses, or if something even more challenging takes your fancy, then try caving! Or just sit and relax by the pool and watch the world go by.