Nice Airport, can be reached by a half hourly bus (hourly on Sundays) which takes about 1hr 15mins and goes via Cannes (about 45 minute). The town’s train station (10km from the Campanile Chateauneuf Hotel) has regular trains to both Nice (about an hour) and Cannes (about 25 minutes) and is well served by buses.
The French Riviera’s cuisine is more similar to northern Italian food than like northern France. The emphasis is on regional delicacies such as the locally made olive oil. So close to Nice you must try a salad Nicoise, full of local vegetables. Being so close to the Cote d’Azur also means the area is well served with fresh seafood.
The main event for Grasse is the Fete du Jasmin, which has run every August since 1946. It begins with a jazz show and fireworks on the Friday and involves live music and floats on the Saturday, culminating with the Bataille de fleurs (battle of the flowers).
Did You Know ?
Grasse was the birthplace of the now infamous Chanel No 5 perfume, as well as being the birthplace to the world famous singer Edith Piaf. The town’s sister towns include Ingolstadt, in Germany, Murcia, in Spain, Carrara, in Italy, and Marblehead, in America.