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Grasse

The perfume city, Grasse, lies in the department of Alpes Maritimes in the beautiful and vigorous inland, only 20 km from Cannes. Grasse is situated at 333 metres above sea level, well protected by mountains, surrounded by flower fields and with a view to the Mediterranean. Because of its fantastic geographic situation, Grasse is an extremely pleasant place to spend a holiday. Grasse is France’s perfume centre, due to its production of perfume extracts and perfume essences. Some of the factories, for instance Fragonard at boulevard Fragonard and Molinard at the highway out of town are open to the public and there are fragrant souvenirs for sale at the exit.

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Grasse does not give the feel of a pure tourist town. It is not the souvenir shops that dominate in Grasse. The old city, vielle ville, is big, old and utterly interesting. The streets still appear as in the Middle Ages – narrow passages and stairways, narrow, dark tunnels where the sun never breaks through.

If you live in Grasse or near Grasse, Gorges-du-Loup is just the place for a great trip. It is one of the most breathtaking canyons in the area with a river that tumbles down in a torrential current through the deep gorge that has been hollowed out over thousands of years.

Grasse joined the UNESCO World Heritage List at the end of 2018 for its unique perfume manufacturing technique that has been used for centuries.

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Actvités en/à Grasse
  • Public swimming pool.
  • Riding.
  • Golf – Just above the town is an 18 holes golf course, Golf du Claux-Amic. The site is beautiful, at a 19th century former hunting property: http://www.claux-amic.com. Europe’s biggest golf course is only 27 km southwest of Grasse in the little village Tourrettes, Four Seasons Golf Club: http://www.fourseasons.com/provence.
  • Golf: There are lots of courses in the department of Alpes Maritimes. Most of the courses can be found on the French golf union’s website. Unfortunately the website is in French. Seek under Guide de golfs and then under the region Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur: www.ffgolf.org
  • Tennis
  • Festivals (jasmine and rose).
  • Concerts.
  • Excursions.
  • Parks (Princess Pauline, Villa Noailles, St. Jean).
  • Culinary specialities.
  • Little tourist train
  • Casino.
  • Guided tours in the town (90 min) – arranged by the tourist office.
  • Walking and hiking tours.
  • Caves – In the porous limestone hills north of Grasse there are lots of caves. Most of the caves are around 4 km north of Grasse at the Plateau de la Malle, which rises towards the Plateau de Caussols.
  • Ski resorts within easy travelling distance: http://www.skifrance.fr/default-a.htm
Sites à visiter en/à Grasse
  • Musée de la Marine: Maritime museum. Situated at Amiral de Grasse.
  • The old part of town with its narrow streets and exciting shops
  • Musée de la Parfumerie Fragonard: Shows perfume production in the old days. Situated at bd. Fragonard
  • Musée Fragonard: Paintings, sculptures and etchings by J.H. Fragonard and the son Evariste, both born in Grasse and represented at the Louvre. These important artists are relatives of the perfume family.
  • Musée International de la Parfumerie: Here you can follow the whole proces of the perfume production. There are also antiques, related to 300 years of perfume production, amongst others the travel suitcase of Marie Antoinette.
  • Musée d’Art et d’Histoire de Provence: Exhibits of Provence’s history, archaeology, art and traditions, including furniture, faience, pottery and glass. Situated in 2, Rue Mirabeau.