A cultural excursion

to the heart of Grasse

All the fragrances in the world

Could anyone come to Grasse without a behind-the-scenes visit of the perfumery and museums celebrating Provence? Of course not! What's more, flowers are always in bloom here: lavender, mimosa, roses, jasmine... Follow the brass emblems on a tour around the historic town centre. Our hotel at the heart of the medieval town provides easy access to the main museum and oldest perfumeries.

International Perfume Museum

The museum is just 5 minutes' walk from our hotel in Grasse. It opened in 1989 and is the only one of its kind; it is rooted in the emblematic town of Grasse, the birthplace of luxury perfumeries, a craft where France has always led the way. The design for the museum is audacious: it is centred around a 14th century rampart and the Pontevès private mansion. Inside, 3,500 m² are devoted to the history of perfume, stunning gardens and an interactive and multi-sensory tour.

The International Perfume Museum gardens

For your holidays in Grasse, come discover and smell the perfume plants expertly arranged in the International Perfume Museum gardens. The gardens are laid out around an old canal and an agricultural basin - 2 hectares of fields of crops grown for perfumes alongside landscaped areas.  This conservatory at the fringes of the medieval town of Grasse invites you on a delightful and fragrant promenade among the fields of Provence roses, jasmine, orange trees, tuberoses, violets and many more.

Jean-Honoré Fragonard Villa and Museum

This elegant country house built in the 17th century, with its magnificent garden planted with majestic palm trees, is home to the works of the Grassois painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard and his descendants. The villa belonged to his cousin, Alexandre Maubert, a rich glover and perfumer typical of the Siècle des Lumières, and was a refuge for the painter during the revolution.

Today, the mansion belongs to Grasse and is free to visit for everyone.

Museum of Art and History of Provence

The museum is in one of the most elegant properties in Grasse. It dates from the 18th century and was built by the Marquise of Clapiers-Cabris, the sister of Mirabeau. The museum holds a remarkable collection of art works and documents the popular traditions of the Western Provence. Only 5 minutes' walk from the hotel, do not miss the superb collections of ceramics, paintings, costumes, and santons (terracotta saint figurines). Visits are free.