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The top 10 things to see and do in Grasse

To visit the Pays de Grasse is to rediscover our senses in the Côte d’Azur from the inside. Approaching Grasse, the local horticulture plunges us into a singular and intoxicating perfume universe. All around, medieval villages, pastoral lands are revealed during a walk in a generous nature. Discover our top 10 things to see and do in Grasse and in the Pays de Grasse.

VISIT THE MUSÉE INTERNATIONAL DE LA PARFUMERIE!

Discover the world of perfume at the Musée International de la Parfumerie in Grasse!

This unique place in the world is part of Grasse, the cradle of luxury perfumery. Discover at the Musée International de la Parfumerie: 4,000 years’ perfume history from Antiquity to the present day, the famous houses and the work of a perfumer. A museum where you can discover every step of the creation of a perfume, from the raw materials to the design, mass production and innovation. Discover the mystery of Chanel No. 5 and many other famous fragrances! Children – from 7 years old – will have access to an olfactory and fun pathway composed of games to touch, to handle or to smell.

LOSE YOURSELF IN OLD GRASSE

Go up the alleys of the historic centre and you will go back in time…

Listed as a “Ville d’Art et d’Histoire” and international perfume capital, head off and discover Grasse. A captivating medieval universe in old Grasse created by porches, squares and chapels with Romanesque and Lombard influences. The gentle ochre hues of the houses mark its purely southern character. A visit not to be missed during your stay on the Côte d’Azur.

CREATE YOUR OWN PERFUME IN GRASSE

Discover the ancestral know-how of the perfumers: become a “nose” – a dream job!

In one of Grasse’s historic perfumeries – such as Fragonard, Galimard or Molinard – learn about the work of the “nose”, learn how to smell, mix essences and compose a fragrance. You will receive the advice of an expert to make your own eau de toilette. This workshop is completed by a guided tour of the factory. An unforgettable sensorial experience in Grasse – both fun and captivating.

DISCOVER THE HILLSIDE VILLAGES IN THE PAYS DE GRASSE

Charming alleyways and small squares with unspoilt charm await you!

In the Middle Ages, farmers built their houses high up and surrounded by ramparts to protect themselves from invasions. Among others, Gourdon, Auribeau, Bar-sur-Loup, Opio, Châteauneuf, Spéracèdes and Cabris: there are lots of authentic villages to discover, and as many breathtaking panoramas. The detour to the village of Gourdon, proudly standing atop a rocky outcrop and ranked among the most beautiful villages in France, is one of the must-see places to visit in the Pays de Grasse.

VISIT THE GROTTES DE SAINT-CÉZAIRE

An ideal activity for families in the Pays de Grasse!

A wondrous spectacle opens up 40 meters underneath your feet. The caves are the underground heritage of Grasse with riches revealing themselves cave after cave: stalactites with luminous jellyfish, stellate concretions, all to the background of musical stalactites. During your visit, remember to wear something warm and avoid slippery soled shoes because the temperature in the cave is 15°C and the galleries are wet. Before leaving, try the discovery trail in the heart of the wooded park.

ESCAPE IN THE PERFUMED FLOWER FIELDS

An intoxicating stroll in the countryside in the Pays de Grasse!

In these roughly 40 hectares of flower farms in the Pays de Grasse, between the sea and mountains, discover all of Grasse’s biodiversity. Lower down, mimosa and orange blossom. At 300 meters, jasmine, lilies; and at the top of the hills, iris and violets. And wild plants such as lavender and broom… An environment perfect for exclusive research and development programs. Discover the perfume plants at Domaine de Manon, 10 minutes from Grasse (booking required). Visit the fields of centifolia roses (May to mid-June) or jasmine (August to October).

Le domaine de Manon

CHANGE OF SCENERY AT THE MONTS D’AZUR RESERVE

Fancy something unusual just 45 minutes from Grasse? Meet the bison!

In Thorenc, the Réserve Biologique des Monts d’Azur reveals not only an exceptional landscape of woods and cliffs, but most particularly exceptional fauna where bison, Przewalski horses, deer, roe deer, foxes and wild boar live together in semi-freedom! On a guided tour either on foot or by horse-drawn carriage, explore the 700 hectares of the reserve. Want to take the adventure a step further? Opt for a night in an ecolodge!

CELEBRATE JASMIN IN GRASSE

A great summer family outing in Grasse!

You remember this light and haunting fragrance present in lots of perfumes? Between summer and autumn, the white stars of jasmine have been cultivated here since the 19th century. And every year in Grasse, we celebrate the beauty of jasmine in tribute to its farmers. And everywhere there are flower parades and street artistes entertaining the crowds.

Celebrate jasmin in Grasse

TAKE A DEEP BREATH ON THE PLATEAU DE CAUSSOLS

Somewhere not to be missed for lovers of hiking and caving!

At over 1000 meters, the Plateau de Caussols is a Natura 2000 site: it offers a natural environment of incredible diversity that will appeal to lovers of calmness and nature. It is also a speleology landmark because of its limestone rocks worked by erosion (karst landscape). Discover the old sheep folds (bories) with the Estérel and Mercantour massifs dominating everything around.

Le plateau de Caussols

IMPROVE YOUR SWING IN PAYS DE GRASSE!

A great golfing destination, discover the golf courses in Pays de Grasse!

Between the sea and the mountains, the variety of golf courses in the Pays de Grasse, makes it a golf destination of choice on the Côte d’Azur! Come and discover the golf courses such as Golf de la Grande Bastide, the Golf de Saint-Donat, Golf de Taulane, Golf Claux-Amic and Golf Opio-Valbonne. Tip: opt for the Pass Côte d’Azur Golfs and save money!

The golf courses in Pays de Grasse

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THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN GRASSE

By Côte d’Azur France Ambassadors

Residents and visitors to the Côte d’Azur, discover the selection of places, recommendations and favourites of the Côte d’Azur France community of ambassadors.

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