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Highway A8, exit 42 Mougins/Cannes, route N85, N2085.

Discover Grasse, the famous city of perfume

Grasse has been a perfume town ever since the 17th century, and today as the world's perfume capital, its reputation speaks for itself.

Every year, two million tourists come from all over the world to visit its perfume museum, factories and stores. All the city's activity revolves around the magical world of perfume.

Create your own perfume at the Molinard perfumery

A must-do activity on any visit to Grasse is to create your own perfume! This takes place at the historic Molinard perfumery: from the raw materials to the perfume, via distillation or enfleurage, you'll learn all about the mysteries of perfume-making and create a scent with the notes you prefer. It's a fun and original activity that appeals to adults and children alike! There are one-hour sessions or twenty-minute sessions for those in a hurry. Book in advance to make sure you have room.

Visit the old town of Grasse

You can then set off to discover a little known but nevertheless fascinating historic town. As you leave Place des Aires, with its arcades and Louis XV fountain, walk along the beautiful streets that are so busy and cool in the summer, packed with typical boutiques and stalls.

You will become deliciously disoriented in the narrow winding streets and stairways, and you will discover a square Saracen tower, remains of the 16th century ramparts, the mayor's office housed in what was formerly the bishop's palace, the medieval houses raised in the 17th and 18th centuries, superb private mansions (Hotel de Cabris, Hotel de Ponteves, Court de Fontmichel) and magnificent 18th century villas ... as well as the Belle Epoque casino (now converted into a conference centre).

You'll also come across gurgling fountains and picturesque squares with welcoming café terraces, vaulted passageways, freshly painted red and yellow ochre housefronts. Don't miss the Notre-Dame du Puy cathedral built in the Provençal Romanesque style in the 11th century and frequently altered since. Inside is a beautiful altar piece attributed to Louis Brea, three canvasses by Rubens and a painting by Fragonard, plus stained glass windows and statues by Baillet: pretty impressive stuff.

Hiking in the Grasse area

Cavers can descend into the depths of the Trou du Curé (60 metres underground) or explore the cave at the Saint Sauveur waterfall. If you prefer the open air you can set off on an excursion to the Loup valley, or simply admire the panoramic view of the coast and L'Esterel from the majestic Cours Honore-Cresp, or else perhaps from the gardens of Princess Pauline, where an orientation table gives a detailed explanation of this grandiose panorama. To have something to eat after all these visits, try some "Fassoum", a local speciality consisting of courgette flower doughnuts ... marvellous.

Guided tour of Grasse from Nice

Several of our recommended guides organize guided tours from Nice that take in the pretty villages of Grasse, Saint-Paul-de-Vence and Gordon. These are very informative and ideal for people based in Nice who would like to discover the surrounding villages with a professional guide. Make sure you book well in advance to save space!

Our interactive map of Grasse (postal code 06130)

To find your way around Grasse, you can use our Grasse map, which you'll find on this page. We've included all the city's points of interest, as well as our recommendations for accommodations in the commune. So you can locate them before you book your stay in Grasse. Zoom out to see our recommendations for the Grasse area.

What to see

Design your own fragrance at the Molinard perfumery!
Museum Villa Fragonard.
Museum of Art and History of Provence.
Amiral de Grasse Museum.
International Museum of Perfume.
Marine Museum.
Numerous chapels (Saint-Thomas, Provencal baroque, Saint-Michel penitent 18th/19th century, restored with exhibition hall) and rural chapels.

Leisure activities

Hiking along the GR4. Swimming pool, horse-riding, golf courses, tennis.
Excursions, visits to gardens (Princess Pauline's plants garden, Villa Noailles, town of St Jean).
Caving: numerous small cavities on the Malle plateau, including "Trou du Curé",
and the cave at the Saint-Sauveur waterfall (150 m distance), artificial underground galleries in Haut-Malbosc (500 m).
Little tourist train at Grasse. Casino. Concerts.
Jasmine festivals in August, Rose exhibition in May.


Located near the old city centre of Grasse
Air conditioned rooms decorated in a Provencal or modern style
Restaurant - Bar - Swimming pool

74€ - 194€

In the heart of Grasse, just 2 minutes walk from the historic center
Quiet and comfortable hotel, soundproofed rooms with balcony
Public parking nearby

Bed and breakfast

Featuring a barbecue and sun terrace, Lou Candelou B&B offers accommodation in Grasse. Public parking is available on site. All accommodation is en suite. A shared kitchen is available. Guests can enjoy a wide range of activities, including golf and hiking. A warm welcome and a hearty breakfast!

Ville de Grasse.
Parfum à Grasse.
Grasse dans les Alpes Maritimes.
Tour à Grasse.


Opio (6 km), Châteauneuf de Grasse (6 km), Peymeinade (7 km), Cabris (7 km), Valbonne (9 km) and Mougins (12 km).

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