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Holidays in Grasse, Provence, France
Grasse is located in the Provence hills about 15 km from the Cote d’Azur. The town has long been known as a centre for manufacturing perfume thanks to the perfect conditions for growing a wide variety of flowers. Grasse itself is a historic town surrounded by beautiful countryside that is ideal for exploring on foot or bicycle. The famous towns of the French Riviera are close by if you want to make Provence your base for travelling throughout the region without staying in a busy seaside resort.

Historic Grasse

The old town dates from the 17th and 18th centuries and is full of winding streets, carved archways and hidden squares. At the top of the steps and paths is the Place Aux Aires with a fountain in the centre and an arcade of boutique craft shops. The cathedral in Grasse is well worth a visit. The building features a huge 18th century clock tower and even has several paintings by the artist Reubens. The local Tourism Office has put together a 90-minute walking tour of the town that can be downloaded from the Internet or picked up from the office. The leaflet guides you round the old town and includes fascinating facts about the history of Grasse.


The perfume industry in Grasse started in the 16th century and is still going strong today. Nowadays most of the industrial production actually takes place outside of the town. There are three principal perfumeries, which still have headquarters in Grasse itself. It is possible to visit each of them, Fragonard, Galimard and Molinard, and take a guided tour of the factory. Each offers a tour in English at least once a day and will tell you about the history of the company and how perfume was traditionally made in Provence as well as offering you the chance to buy some of the local produce. Also located in Grasse is the Musee International de la Parfumerie with historical items from the perfume industry.

Provence Countryside

There are several hiking routes that depart from Grasse and explore various parts of the Provence hills, including the Gorges du Loup and the Plateau de Caussols, which is also home to an observatory. Only 4km north of Grasse you can find a number of caves in the limestone hills. Many are for experienced cavers only but there are several that you can walk into, as long as you have sensible shoes and an experienced guide. The Grotte de la Cascade de St. Sauveur has several kilometres of tunnels to explore, which go down to a depth of 150m.
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