The sensational azures of Provence are sure to lure you in with their beauty and « the Nice hinterland » tour is the best way to immerse yourself in this wondrous region.
Drive through the world capital of Perfume Grasse, and take advantage of a free guided tour at the Fragonard perfumery, where you will learn the secrets about perfume making as well as hear all the beautiful stories about the French delicacy. The beautiful old town of Grasse owe its international fame to its long tradition of perfumers. There are many great names of perfume that have been created in the village of Grasse, especially one of the most known in the world Chanel N° 5 created in 1921.
For some stunning views which take in the whole of the Riviera then Gourdon is resplendent with magnificent vantage points, at a height of 2774 ft you can admire the French coast alongside a 9th century castle, notice the boutiques carved in the castles walls, where you will find all the locals products from our region. Lunch as a option in a typical Provencal style restaurant (www.lataverneprovencale.com).
The picturesque panorama continues with a stop in a lavender field and the visit of Tourrettes sur loup, this town has a magical atmosphere which begs to be absorbed, this village rich by its history and its architecture is a privileged place for the craftsmen and artists, you will never forget the charm and the beauty of this place. Tourrettes is also renowned for being the capital of the violet, you will find several craft products based on violet, so ounce there we recommend you to taste the best violet ice cream in the region (100% guaranteed we tested for you).
On the Nice hinterland tour you will also discover St Paul de Vence, which has truly been the pearl of the Provence since the 11th Century. Built on its rocky outcrop and surrounded by its fortifications of 1 km, built during the 16th century on the orders of Francois 1st. The beauty of this place renowned for its exceptional light attracted several great artists, painters, writers and poets. You will wander through picturesque narrows streets which are lined with more than 40 art galleries, souvenir shops as well a brilliant view of the Alps, it is for all these reasons that Saint-Paul-de-Vence is the second most visited village in France.
The Riviera has always been a cherished holiday destination in Europe, so far back as the 19th century, it was favored by Europe’s crowned head such as Napoleon III, Queen Victoria and the Tsar who would seek out Cannes, Nice and Monte-Carlo in the winter for its scenic surroundings.
The French and Italian Riviera in one holiday may sound decadent, but the Italian border is only 40 minutes from Nice so it would be a shame not to indulge ! Most visitors head to Ventimiglia or San Remo to see the basic markets, but they generally miss the Italian Riviera’s true gems.