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Nice and Grasse

UNESCO World Heritage

The dazzling, sun-drenched Côte d’Azur is also renowned for its prestigious UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Discover its magnificent landscapes and history between Nice and Grasse.

Visit Nice, capital of Riviera Tourism

A UNESCO-listed site July 2021, designated “Nice, Capital of Riviera Tourism”, this stunning Riviera town is world renowned as one of France’s most beautiful cities.

An iconic destination par excellence, Nice has evolved around the leisure industry and was initially a coveted winter tourism hub until the late 19th century. The wealthy bourgeoisie flocked to the “Winter Parlour of Europe”, boasting a temperate climate and gorgeous scenery ranging from olive and orange groves to dazzling Mediterranean sea views…

Various travel diaries also contributed to the city’s renown, including a work by Scottish writer Tobias Smollett published in 1766 entitled “Travels Through France and Italy”. The city was an entertainment hotspot too: bedecked in their tuxedos and long dresses, holidaymakers paraded at the theatre and opera house, or relaxed at the local library. They marvelled at the Nice carnival, fairs and other traditional celebrations. Summer tourism took off from 1920 onwards. The fame of the city’s ever-blue sunny skies and healing, crystal-clear Mediterranean waters stretched far beyond the French border and Nice soon became a favourite stop-off on the Côte d’Azur.

A walk in the heart of Unesco Nice

What are the top things to do in Nice? From the port to the historic quarter, you’re bound to come across at least one remarkable heritage site in this harmonious, ornamental and flower-filled city, hovering between land and sea.

Head to the mythical Promenade des Anglais, baptized in 1844 when walks along the sea front had become very fashionable. Just imagine Queen Victoria strolling with her court along the hotels and palaces of Colline de Cimiez hill, including the Excelsior Regina Palace where she stayed… Open your eyes and observe the many cosmopolitan influences found in the architecture of Nice’s palaces, chateaux and Saint Nicolas Cathedral.

Today, Nice hopes to give visitors a great new excuse to tour the Côte d’Azur: the city is a candidate for the “European Capital of Culture” title in 2028!

Pay tribute to the perfumes of Grasse

Grasse… Its name alone conjures up the mythical perfumes that earned the town a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity listing in 2018 for its “Skills related to perfume in Pays de Grasse“. And of course, this prestigious distinction is also a way to protect the town’s magnificent natural heritage of mimosa, violet and jasmine fields, which flourish here thanks to the region’s microclimate.

Behind Grasse’s celebrated perfumery savoir-faire lie a host of traditional skills, including perfume plant growing techniques, selection and processing of raw materials and the art of composing one-of-a-kind perfumes. In other words, Grasse perfume reflects the absolute mastery of traditions dating back to the 16th century. The figures say it all: the perfume industry in Grasse comprises no less than 64 firms employing around 4,600 staff.

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