The Cote Azur countryside is a breath of fresh air in a verdant setting of mountains, forests and caves. A long and varied past and a rich heritage make this region a must-see for any traveler.
Start with Grasse, known as the world perfume capital.
Grasse has a long and varied history and is home to many heritage sites. The town is also famous for its eau de toilette, soaps, and powders, which use the fragrances of flowers in the surrounding countryside.
The medieval village of Gourdon is a highlight of the Cote Azur countryside. This quaint village is home to an authentic winery, where you can taste the original red, rosé and white wine. The view from the top of the village is breathtaking, making it well worth the climb.
Valbonne is another Provençal hill town that should not be missed. The primary attraction here is the original design of the Old Town, outlined in a network system in the 16th century by the monks of Lérins. Valbonne is also home to several fabulous cafes, so indulge in some baked chocolatey goodness while you're here. If you're lucky enough to visit on the first Sunday of the month, don't miss the antique fair in town.