Grasse

Grasse

In the lush hinterland of the film city of Cannes, Grasse “hides” behind the mountains at an altitude of 340 meters and yet with a breathtaking view of the nearby Mediterranean.

Festive decorations bring the city to life

Charming Grasse

The city has 50,000 inhabitants and provides space for a rather large and very interesting old town – vieille ville, as the French say – with cozy narrow alleys and dark and narrow passages.

A magnificent place to explore medieval architecture and your own imagination and listen to the charming sound of the many fountains that adorn Grasse’s cobbled squares.

There are also many small cozy squares with cafes and shops used by both tourists and residents of the district, primarily descendants of immigrants from the French colonies.

Place du Cours Honoré-Cresp is a nice and more open breathing space in the old town and a suitable place to end an inspiring walk.

Place du Honoré Cresp

Grasse is a nice resort

As a holiday resort in the summer, Grasse is a good choice, as both the city itself and its immediate surroundings of large and exotic flower fields contain a lot of unexpected beauty. And the place does not feel like a regular tourist area, as it is not the souvenir shops that dominate. It does, however, do something completely different.

The capital of perfume

Grasse is primarily known for its large production of plant extracts for fashion houses all over the world, which buy up the extracts and mix and add these simple spirits, thereby creating finished perfumes.

The most famous perfume brand in town, Fragonard – ©cityxee.com

The scent of i.a. lavender, roses and jasmine are felt in many places in the air – in and near the area’s giant flower fields. Many of these are available to the public, as are several of the perfume factories, the most famous of which, but far from the oldest, is probably Parfumerie Fragonard, but also names like Molinard, Galimard and Domaine de Manon ring the bells of professionals and customers .

Perfume has been known and used for centuries in Grasse, but it was not until 2018 that the city received some kind of official recognition, as its special perfume manufacturing technique was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. If you are into perfume, Grasse is simply the city you must visit.

“City-must-Xee” attractions

In addition to being world famous for its perfume industry, Grasse also has other very interesting attractions. Exciting museums and especially the Cathédrale Notre-Dame du Puy from the 13th century.

In addition to its ecclesiastical beauty, the cathedral contains an unexpected secret: three large oil paintings by Rubens, depicting three of the 14 stations on the cross as well as one of the rare religious works by Jean-Honoré Fragonard. Read more about the cathedral here.

The nave of Cathedral Notre-Dame du Puy

You should also follow the city’s winding streets to one of several beautiful panoramic views in the valley down to the sea, which boasts olive groves and flower fields that stretch all the way to the bays of Cannes and Théoule. One of these vantage points is located just behind the impressive cathedral.

If you are into sports and golf, then several of the region’s golf courses are located in the area, and there is horse riding and tennis in the green surrounding areas.

Flower festivals in Grasse

There are two important times of the year for both tourists and the inhabitants of Grasse. It is the two celebrations of the flowers that, with their fragrance and aromas, contribute to the entire perfume industry, which is Grasse’s economic heart.

Both roses and jasmine are some of the most important ingredients for Grasse’s famous perfume industry, and a festival to celebrate these fragrant flowers is held in May and August, respectively. Among other things, jasmine and turnips, which are part of Chanel No 5, are grown in protected fields around Grasse. Chanel does not use flowers grown elsewhere.

Rose festival in May

May is the month of rose, and how better to celebrate this than in the world’s perfume capital, Grasse, on the French Riviera. Every year, over a weekend in early to mid-May, the city honors the rose in all its forms at a 3-day rose festival, ExpoRose.

Beautiful floral decorations during the festival season

Around 50,000 roses are imported from all over France and Italy for the 3-day Expo Rose, where this venerable perfume capital is adorned with thousands of garlands.

Around 8000 bouquets, 13000 rose bushes and over 25000 cut roses decorate fountains, statues, shop facades and public squares throughout Grasse.

Dance and music performances, tastings of everything rose-flavored, along with a market selling rose-themed gifts and food, and of course rose plants of every color and black imaginable, complete the festival.

The scent in the air is amazing, as it is not only the tens of thousands of roses that smell, but also rose perfume that is sprayed via nebulizers into the streets of the old town and contributes to the fragrance explosion.

Grasse Jasmine festival in August

Every August, the annual Fête de Jasmine takes place under the heat of the high summer sun. The festival was first held in 1946, where it consisted of dance, concerts, exhibitions, and party fireworks.

The Jasmine Festival is like a true carnival

Today there are over a dozen flower fleets, from which thousands of flowers are thrown, which encourages a “flower fight” on the streets of Grasse. Local firefighters “extinguish” the festival spectators in jasmine water before the party ends with a picnic, fireworks and the choice of ‘Miss Jasmine’.

By Peter Sejersen – 2022

Facts about Grasse
Inhabitants: approx. 50.000
Altitude: 340 m
Airport: 35 km
Beach: 19 km
Nice: 42 km

Cities close by:
Châteauneuf-Grasse 6,6 km
Cabris 7 km
Mouans-Sartoux 8 km
Valbonne 11 km

Experiences in Grasse
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Events

Jasmine Festival in Grasse

Every year on the first weekend of August, the Jasmine Festival – Fête du Jasmin – takes place in the beautiful medieval town of Grasse.

Museums

Maison Molinard Perfume Grasse

Visit the famous Maison Molinard perfumery and take a fragrant step into the world of exciting natural products. At Molinard you can learn more about the difficult art of producing world-class perfume.

Art

Museum Villa Jean Fragonard

This elegant late 17th-century villa with magnificent gardens with majestic palm trees houses works by the famous Grasse painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard.

Food & Wine

Domaine de la Royrie olive farm

Situated on the mountainside between Grasse and Cabris, this olive grove will give you a very special experience with its breathtaking …

Golf

Golf de la Grande Bastide

“What you see is what you get” at Golf Grande Bastide – here you get what you see, namely 18 good golf holes without any blind shots.

Golf

Claux Amic Golf

In the deep quiet of the forest, precision golf is the key word on this beautiful forest course near Grasse between the sea and the mountains.

Churches & chapels

Cathedral Notre-Dame du Puy

This church, built in the Provencal Romanesque style, was first mentioned in 1154 as the church of Saint Marie. The church was elevated to a Cathedral in …

Excursions

Excursions Grasse

Book your excursions safely with free cancellation. We work with GetYourGuide, one of the Riviera’s largest excursion providers.

Museums

Provençal Art and History Museum

Here you can learn about the rich ethnographic, historical and artistic heritage of eastern Provence, from prehistoric times all the way up to the first half of the twentieth century.

Monuments

Monument for the fallen

This monument is the work of sculptor Gaston Le Bourgeois (1885-1953) in collaboration with architect Léon Le Bel (1883-1968). The inauguration took place in 1928.

Golf

Golf Saint Donat

Golf Country Club Saint Donat presents itself beautifully with a wide column entrance to the clubhouse flanked by tall cypresses and a look out towards the northwestern Prealps around the …

Museums

Fragonard Perfume Grasse

The world-famous FRAGONARD PERFUME Grasse started in 1926 and was named after a then well-known local artist from the 18th century, Jean-Honoré Fragonard.

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