Tourism in Grasse

Grasse, located in the Alpes-Maritimes department, is known throughout the world for its perfume industry. Three major perfume factories can be visited: Fragonard, Molinard and Galimard. Ideally located between sea and mountains, Grasse is a city of art and history. Discover, alone or with a guide, its wonderful heritage and breathtaking landscapes. Grasse is adorned with gardens and fields of jasmine, roses, lavender and mimosa flowers that embellish and characterize the city. These gardens include the Fort France gardens, the Villa Noailles gardens and the Princess Pauline gardens located on the heights of the city.

In spring, the narrow streets of the city become real gardens for the ExpoRose event. The fountains and squares are decorated with numerous roses. Every year in August, the city organizes the Jasmine Festival. Today, the event has grown significantly. Shows, the Battle of the Flowers, music groups and street artists enliven the city center.

The city center is home to architectural gems such as the cathedral, the 13th century episcopal palace, 17th and 18th century mansions, picturesque alleys and fountains. In Grasse, you will be amazed by the charm of the Provençal towns and villages. Go to the market of Place des Aires to taste local products such as olives, honey, cheese and more.

The natural territory of Grasse makes it a destination of choice. The city is located at the gateway to the Préalpes d’Azur Regional Natural Park, which offers a wide range of outdoor activities. In Grasse you can enjoy the privileged setting of the mountains for hiking and the beaches of the coast for lazing around.

International Perfume Museum

The International Perfume Museum is the first one dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the world heritage of smells, aromas and perfumes. Cradle of perfumery, Grasse was the ideal place to host this museum. A visit to the museum will make you discover the history of perfume in its different forms and its artistic representations from all over the world. The International Perfume Museum is also an architectural treasure, with a garden and a terrace, created by Frédéric Jung. Throughout the year, the museum and the gardens host temporary exhibitions, meetings and more.

Fragonard Museum

Located in Hôtel de Villeneuve, the Fragonard Museum can be visited for its historic building restored in the style of the great 17th-century mansions of Grasse and for its artistic works and perfume factory. You will be able to discover many paintings by the painter Honoré Fragonard, Marguerite Gérard and Jean-Baptiste Mallet. In the heart of the historic factory, you will have the opportunity to see all the manufacturing processes. On the second floor, you will appreciate the collection of objects recounting the history of perfume from antiquity to the present day.

Provençal Costume and Jewelry Museum

The Provençal Costume and Jewelry Museum is housed in the former residence of the Marquise de Cabris, the private mansion of Clapiers-Cabris. Admire the clothes of the Provençal women, peasants, and craftswomen of the 18th and 19th centuries: dresses, lace ornaments, headdresses and more. Enjoy a real journey to the country of elegance and refinement in the Provençal Costume and Jewelry Museum and its several private rooms.

Grasse Cathedral

Dating from the 13th century, Grasse Cathedral has an architecture influenced by Liguria and Lombardy. It houses several art objects, some of which are classified as historical monuments: crosses, organs, altarpieces, paintings… The cathedral is decorated with stained-glass windows and statues representing the four evangelists: Saint Matthew, Saint Mark, Saint Luke and Saint John. The cathedral, dominated by a high square bell tower, is the most important historical monument.

Fort France Garden

The Fort France Garden surrounds the building dating from 1930 which belonged to Lady Fortescue and her husband. A rose garden was already part of the panorama of the monument. The garden was later enriched. Visit the garden and enjoy a breathtaking view of Pays Grassois and the sea. On each terrace of the garden, many different plant species grow. Fauna and flora are carefully maintained with respect for the environment. Nowadays, the plants are arranged in accordance with their shapes and colors to create harmony.

Practical information

  • Tourist Office of Grasse: https://tourisme.paysdegrasse.fr/
  • Road service: A8 Highway (from Aix-en-Provence), RD 6185 secondary road (from Cannes), D2085 secondary road (from Nice), D2562 secondary road (from Var)
  • Air access: Nice Côte d’Azur Airport (35 minutes)
  • Railroad access: train station

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