The perfume capital of the world
Grasse is situated in the hills north of Cannes and is only a 30 minute drive to the coast. The city offers beautiful views of the coast and the mountains.
The town itself has been a perfume icon ever since the 17th century and proudly gained the official recognition as the world’s perfume capital. Its reputation speaks for itself owing to a great number of old perfumeries such as Galimard, Fragonard, Molinard scattered around Grasse.
Besides visiting perfume museums or taking tours to learn about making perfume, Grasse is a fascinating historic town worth discovering. Its Old Town, a little known but nevertheless large and extremely interesting, offers numerous places of interest. It has the remains of 16th century ramparts, narrow streets and hidden nooks serpentine between the 17th and 18th century buildings, ancient steps, arched tunnels, and large squares. The old town is a delightful place to enjoy the sunshine sitting on the terrace of one of its’ numerous bars or cafes.
Grasse has a reach and eventful history. It prevailed against Saracen raids in the 9th century and by the 12th century became an independent republic. In 1227, it came under the control of the Count of Provence, and was the Bishopric of Antibes from 1244 to 1790. In 1860 after the County of Nice became a part of France, Grasse was attached to the Alpes-Maritime.
Did You Know?
The majority of “noses”, those who learn to distinguish between thousands of scents, are trained in Grasse. In fact, 2/3 of France’s natural aromas are produced here and most iconic fragrances are made in Grasse!
In fact, it’s where Gabrielle Chanel herself made the iconic fragrance – Chanel No. 5.
- Local Markets
- Fine Dining
- Shops & Galleries
- Horseback riding
- Hiking trails
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