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Best things to do in Grasse

Discover the town of Grasse

Grasse is a town on the French Riviera, in the hills north of Cannes.

The town is considered the world’s capital of perfume and this heritage is celebrated at the Musée International de la Parfumerie, in the center. Three perfume factories, Fragonard, Molinard and Galimard, offer daily tours and demonstrations.

Grasse has been synonymous with perfume making since the 16th century and is the perfume capital of the world. But Grasse as way more than just perfume…

 

building, sea, trees

The beautiful town of Grasse

What to do during a day trip in Grasse?

You can not visit Grasse without going to the Perfume Museum. After, we suggest you to continue your visit with the museum Fragonard (paintings) and the Museum of Provencal costume. This three places are 50 meters from each other and are forming a beautiful introduction to the city of Grasse and the Mediterranean culture. With the old Grasse, these four must-haves hold in a pocket square and promise a beautiful day on foot.

1. Perfume Museum of Grasse

The free guided tour is very well done and help you understand the process of developing perfumes and work your nose! There is a beautiful collection of accessories related to perfume.

bottle of perfume

Learn all about perfume making

2. Museum Fragonard

When visiting the town of Grasse, you will surely hear about the Fragonard Museum. The Fragonard Museum is located in the Villeneuve hotel, a historic building restored in the spirit of the large Grasse mansions of the 18th century. Dedicated to the most famous person of Grasse, the painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806). This museum presents about fifteen major works of the artist. It also houses a collection of paintings by two other Grasse artists, Marguerite Gérard (1761-1837) and Jean-Baptiste Mallet (1759-1835). 

Discover the paintings of Fragonard, after whom the perfume company was named

3. Museum of Jewelry and Provençal Costume

This museum of Grasse has an outstanding collection of Traditional Provencal Costumes and Jewelry. Well presented to enable the viewer to get close to the details on each mannequin. This little museum is located on the 1st floor of an old Grasse building. The mansion even without the costumes is worth the detour. It is also a free entry. The collection of old clothes and underwear is nicely presented and is worth a visit.

provencal costumes

beautiful old jewellry and outfits “Provence style”

4. Old town

Grasse is a town situated on top of a hill with a magnificent view of the region and the sea. The old town is colorful and really charming. It has also been named City of Art and History. Just lose yourself in its narrow streets, choose a terrace to enjoy a drink in the shade and enjoy the southern atmosphere of the small town of perfume.

Walk down to the Town Hall and visit the Cathedral. It is a former Roman Catholic cathedral and it contains many paintings, including some by Rubens.

Further, don’t miss the beautiful shady square named “August 24” with a point of view to the sea.

market and terrasse

Walk in the cute old town of Grasse

Travel Tip

Take a 1 hour direct train ride from Nice central station to Grasse.

Local guide tips
  • The best place to find out more about the town’s fragrant history at one of the Parfumeries, which offers regular tours and the possibility to make your own perfume! Try the most famous among them, the Parfumerie Fragonard.
  • Learn about the history and manufacture of perfume with a visit to the International Perfume Museum.
  • Visit the charming historic centre of Grasse and then take a short 15 minute train ride and visit the gardens of the International Perfume Museum.
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