Grasse

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Grasse which includes heritage architecture

Journey to a beautiful hilltop town that fascinates with its museums, cathedral and perfume-making heritage that is hundreds of years old.

Grasse is a beautiful town in the hills of Provence that lays claim to being the perfume capital of the world. The links with the fragrance industry go back centuries. Dotted among the 17th and 18th-century buildings of the narrow streets are several perfume companies. Learn about the history and technology of perfume making, see fields of jasmine and lavender cultivated by perfumiers and check out the historical buildings.

The scents of Grasse are due to its microclimate, which encourages the growth of flowers that were once used in great numbers to make perfumes. To learn more about this and the history of perfume, go on a tour of the International Perfume Museum. Visit its gardens which have many plants known for their medicinal and aromatic properties. Continue on the scent trail with free tours of the perfumeries of Fragonard, Molinard and Galimard.

Delicious smells are only part of Grasse’s cultural attractions. At the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire de Provence, browse exhibitions on everyday life in the Provence region since prehistoric times. Among the items on display are archeological finds, antique furniture and bathtubs and bidets that were used by the upper classes in the 18th century.

Enjoy a walk through the narrow lanes and alleys that every now and again lead into small squares. Find your way to one of the town’s landmark buildings, the 12th-century Grasse Cathedral. Inside are three paintings by the Flemish Baroque painter Rubens. Look for the 18th-century religious painting The Washing of the Feet by the Grasse-born French painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard.

The gorgeous countryside of Grasse with its woods and vast expanses of flowers also hosts good golfing ground. Challenge yourself on the greens and fairways of Claux Amic Golf Club and Saint Donat Golf Club.

The flower fields, culture and perfume-making heritage of Grasse are approximately 9 miles (14.5 kilometers) inland from Cannes. Arrive by car, or by taking the bus or train from the glamorous French Riviera city.

Best Western Plus Hotel Elixir Grasse
Best Western Plus Hotel Elixir Grasse
4 out of 5
Rue Martine Carol, Grasse, Alpes-Maritimes
The price is £75 per night from 18 Oct to 18 Oct
Situated in Grasse, this golf hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Grasse Cathedral, Musee d'Art et d'Histoire de Provence and International Perfume Museum. Regional ...
4.2/5Excellent! (269 reviews)
"A good hotel with decent cleanliness. Room on the small side but comfortable. Breakfast OK. Not particularly central to Grasse (5 min drive). Friendly staff."

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2020

Best Western Plus Hotel Elixir Grasse
La Bastide Saint-Antoine
La Bastide Saint-Antoine
5 out of 5
48 Avenue Henri Dunant, Grasse, Alpes-Maritimes
The price is £218 per night from 17 Oct to 17 Oct
Located in the heart of Grasse, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Musee d'Art et d'Histoire de Provence, International Perfume Museum and Grasse Cathedral. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (50 reviews)
Perfect get away
"Lovely relaxing beautiful location - ideal get away self contained venue. No need to even venture out - although obviously you will... can be simply enjoyed. Gardens, pool and restaurant."

Reviewed on 1 Jul 2020

La Bastide Saint-Antoine
Hôtel La Bellaudière
Hôtel La Bellaudière
2 out of 5
78 Avenue Pierre Ziller, Grasse, Alpes-Maritimes
The price is £77 per night from 1 Oct to 1 Oct
Situated in Grasse, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Regional Natural Park of the French Alps and within 3 miles (5 km) of International Perfume Museum and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (87 reviews)
"Lovely family-operated hôtel in a beautiful stately 400-year-old building. Helpful and charming owners, splendid hillside views from the terrace. We will be back!"

Reviewed on 12 Oct 2019

Hôtel La Bellaudière
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Résidence Le Virginia by Popinns
Résidence Le Virginia by Popinns
3 out of 5
10 Traverse du Pont, Grasse
The price is £60 per night from 21 Sep to 21 Sep
Situated in Grasse, this residence is within a 15-minute walk of Grasse Cathedral and International Perfume Museum. Regional Natural Park of the French Alps ...
4/5Very Good! (26 reviews)
More or Less OK
"Family Stay for 2 overnights (Saturday-Sunday) in February with the following positive and negative aspects: This is actually more “Apartment” than “Hotel”. Therefore there is no reception or other personnel available on Sundays. However, communication with hotel employees was informative, sufficient ..."

Reviewed on 25 Feb 2019

Résidence Le Virginia by Popinns
Cottage des Bois Murés Private House
Cottage des Bois Murés Private House
132 boulevard Emmanuel Rouquier, Grasse, Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur
This family-friendly Grasse holiday home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Museum and Parfumerie Fragonard, International Perfume Museum and Grasse Cathedral. Regional ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Adéquate
"Propre et agréable"

Reviewed on 28 Jun 2021

Cottage des Bois Murés Private House
Belambra Clubs Grasse - Residence les Jasmins
Belambra Clubs Grasse - Residence les Jasmins
Chemin de Clavary, direction Centre Hospitalier Clavary, Grasse
Situated in Grasse, this residence is within 6 miles (10 km) of Grasse Cathedral, Sophia Antipolis and International Perfume Museum. Museum and Parfumerie Fragonard ...
2/5 (3 reviews)
"The last day when we cleaned the bed we saw that the bed was"

Reviewed on 2 Sep 2020

Belambra Clubs Grasse - Residence les Jasmins
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