Grasse Tourist Information Office - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Grasse, the world capital of perfume transforms the various types of flowers and herbs, forming exotic products that are essential for the preparation of perfumes, which combine art, luxury and quality. You can discover this art when visiting a perfumery, creating your own fragrance in a workshop.
Grasse Tourist Information Office - FURTHER INFORMATION
Grasse Tourist Information Office - Grasse visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Grasse Tourist Information Office' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur.
Grasse is a village of Provence, located 8km north of Cannes and about 43km from Nice, Alps Maritimes. The area has a very rich and diverse flora, and since the 18th century has been the center of the perfume industry in France. Jasmine was introduced to the region by the Moors in the 16th century and Grasse now also farms rose, orrange and many other blooms for the perfume industry.
Grasse - Tourist AttractionsMany people are drawn to Grasse for the clean, fresh air, beautiful surroundings and perfume trade. Among the top tourist attractions in and around Grasse are:
- Musée d'Art et d'Histoire de Provence (Museum of Art and History of the Provence) - housed in the 1771 Hôtel de Clapiers-Cabris palace the museum covers the history of the region and is filled with local artefacts.
- Musée de la Parfunerie (Perfumery Museum) - museum to the most famous export of Grasse, the perfumes, complete with many ancient perfumery tools and methods, perfume garden and extensive history of the perfume trade and various scent extraction methods. Notre-Dame du-Puy Church - 12th century church extended in the 17th century containing the 17th century paintings of 'Christ crowned with Thorns', 'The Crucifixion' and 'St Helena' by Rubens.
- Place aux Aires - lively square with a daily market and fountain.
- Villa Musée Fragonard - 18th century town house with a beautiful garden and a collection of paintings by paintings of Jean-Honoré Fragonard.
- Musée de la Marine (Navy Museum) - housed in the 18th century Hôtel Pontevès-Morel, the museum features the career of the Amiral de Grasse who fought actively in America's war of independence and won the battle of Yorktown.
- Olive Oil Mills - as well as flowers for the perfume trade, Grass is surrounded by a number of olive oil mills, including the Rossignol Oil Mill, Royrie Domaine and Sainte-Anne Oil Mill which are open to the public and sell local olive oils.
- Grasse Walking Tours - self guided tour around Grasse following routes and information provided by the Grasse Tourist Office.
- Caves & Grottos - the limestone hills north of Grasse contain many caves and grottos, including the 60m deep Trou du Curé and 150m deep Grotte de la Cascade de St. Sauveur, often visited by local caving clubs.
- Golf - Grasse has three golf courses, Golf Club de Grasse, Golf Grasse Country Club (18 holes) and Saint Donat Golf Country Club (27 holes)
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Flight: Nice-Côte-d'Azur International Airport. Tel. 04 93 21 30 30 www.nice.aeroport.fr
Road: The South of France is linked by the A8 "La Provençale" to Aix-en-Provence on the west and the Italian border on the east. Take exit 42.
By train from Nice, Antibes or Cannes.
By bus from Nice (frequent)