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Summary

Châteauneuf de Grasse is an ancient hilltop village dating from the Middle Ages which has remained faithful to the agricultural and horticultural tradition which gave its reputation today. The village is also known for its ceramics, pottery and sculptures and is registered in the inventory of historic sites of the region.

Location

  • Valbonne: 13 min
  • International Schools : 20 minutes
  • Nice Airport: 35 min
  • Cannes: 30 min

History

The village was founded in the 12th century by the Lords of Opio, who built the castle, found within the village of Opio. The inhabitants nearby came to settle in this Château neuf or “New Chateau” to protect themselves from the aggressive incursions of the people of Grasse and hence the site of Châteauneuf d'Opio was born. A troubled period marked the takeover of eastern Provence by the Counts of Barcelona, who became Counts of Provence. The army of the Count of Provence commanded by Romée de Villeneuve took Opio in 1178. Châteauneuf d'Opio was taken in 1229. Châteauneuf d'Opio, was detached from Opio in 1257and Châteauneuf d'Opio became Châteauneuf de Grasse!

Surroundings

Located 420 m above sea level, the village is built on a lush hillside peppered with hundred-year-old olive trees and overlooks the Opio plain. The village offers a magnificent panorama from the Italian Alps in the East to the Estérel mountains in the West.

Lifestyle

Châteauneuf has retained the both the Provençal and the agricultural tradition. Its olive groves and its plateau of a thousand truffle oaks, offer both artisanal and commercial activities, all around the area.
Stroll through the intimate alleys of the village and discover all the secrets hidden within the walls.

Irresistible

The Grande Bastide golf courseThe Grande Bastide golf course is located at the foot of the villages of Opio and Châteauneuf de Grasse and just 20 minutes by car from Nice and Cannes.
The course is located in the heart of the perfume region below the mountains of the Nice hinterland. Perfectly integrated into its environment, the golf course offers superb panoramas over Grasse, Opio and Châteauneuf de Grasse which dominate it.
The architecture of the club house and restaurant are contemporary and the 18 holes - par 72 course of 5929 meters offers amateur and experienced golfers wide fairways, large bunkers and not less than 7 water traps. It is an ideal place for a golfing stay on the Côte d'Azur and for local residents, it is one of many outstanding golf courses of the region, most not more than 45 minutes one from the other.

Activities / tourism

  • Visit of the village
  • The castle
  • The old cemetery and its panorama
  • The site of the ancient Chapel of Notre Dame du Brusc
  • 15th and 17th century parish church
  • The Opio oil mill
  • Riding stable. Pottery
  • 18 hole international golf course
  • Patronage and local festivals

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