Discover Grasse

And the Alpes-Maritimes

Discover Grasse
At the heart of Grasse the world capital of perfume...

For your stay in the Alpes-Maritimes, our hotel in Grasse is the perfect base to visit the medieval town on foot, and take in its museums, its perfumeries, and its gardens... and explore the surrounding region and its charming villages.

Nestling on the Cannes heights, between the Alps and the Mediterranean, Grasse looks down on the fragrant plains from which it derives its name. It reaches towards the heavens with the massive Notre-Dame-du-Puy cathedral bell-tower. Since the 17th century, the town has been known for its perfumes, and is now widely recognised as the world capital of perfumeries.

The history of Grasse

Grasse has a reputation for fascinating history, stunning landscapes and flowers. In the 16th century, the town was known for its tanneries which emerged along the little canal. At the time, the workshops tanning hides in the medieval town produced a very unpleasant smell. Some ingenious residents then came upon the idea of using natural essences extracted from the region's flowers to perfume the leather. That is how the profession of glover-perfumer was born...

Discover in the town of Grasse

The medieval town with its delightful ochre houses, its narrow, winding streets and connecting alleys, its art de vivre: a little jewel at the heart of the Alpes-Maritimes. From our hotel in Grasse on Place du Patti, you will enjoy easy access to the main attractions: visit the Fragonard perfumery (Fragonard was born and raised in Grasse), the international perfume museum and its gardens, the museum of art and history of Provence, and the cathedral...

The area around Grasse

This region, where the Alps meet Provence, lends itself to unforgettable outings. The character of the place is rooted in the stunning panoramic views from the ridges over the Siagne gorges and the Mediterranean, picturesque villages, the silver sheen of the olive trees, and the distinctive quality of light unique to the region.

Do not miss: the Gourdon villages, among the finest in France, Cabris, Opio, Saint-Cézaire…