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Grasse
Set in a high amphitheatre a few kilometres inland from Cannes, Grasse is undoubtedly the capital of perfume. Formerly known for its leather tanneries, it expanded into perfume in the 16th century when the Italian trend for scented gloves became fashionable in France. Grasse’s microclimate was ideal for the production of the flowers to mask the odour of leather.

In the 18th century Grasse invented new methods of producing flower essences though that is largely out of date as nowadays perfume makers tend to use synthetic essences. However Grasse still supplies 7% of the world’s perfume makers with its essences. Everywhere you run you will find a perfume factory.
Grasse was also the birthplace of the 18th-century painter Honore Fragonard.


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Things to do in Grasse

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Flower fields and perfume factories Other things to do
The Grasse tourist office has full details of how and when to visit the fields and perfume factories, including famous names like Fragonard and Galimard (where you can even pay for a session to create your own personal perfume!).
Petit train Other things to do
Summer trips through the town of Grasse.
Market Shopping and Markets
Place aux Aires has an excellent market, particularly on Saturdays

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Things to see in Grasse

NotreDame-du-Puy Cathedral Abbeys and Cathedrals
A hotchpotch of architectural styles and endowed with 3 paintings by Rubens, a gift from a devout local.
Museum of the Art and History of Provence Museums and Galleries
Provencal Museum of Costume and Jewellery Museums and Galleries
A treasure trove of 18th century frills and furbelows.
Villa-Musee Fragonard Museums and Galleries
A selection of paintings by various members of this talented family.

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Events in Grasse

- May: Rose Festival
- July: Jasmine festival

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Hôtel Des ParfumsVISIT OUR PAGE for further details

Hôtel Des Parfums, GrasseCalm hotel in the city centre of Grasse. 3 stars hotel with restaurant- swimming pool-solarium and terrace.
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Price: From €96 No of rooms: 61 Cards: Amex Diners Visa/Mcard Child rate: No
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Hôtel Sainte ThérèseVISIT OUR PAGE for further details

Hôtel Sainte Thérèse, GrasseThe Hôtel Sainte Thérèse offers an exceptional view, its south facing terrace dominates the Napoule Gulf, the Lérins Islands and the Estérel massif.
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Price: From €68 No of rooms: 31 Cards: Visa/Mcard Child rate: No
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