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On-line Guide: Grasse

Posted Sep 2018 in Go & Do


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Grasse, situated in the hills north of Cannes is world famous for its Perfume industry which started in the 17th century. Its reputation as the perfume capital of Europe still stands today and welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, eager to learn about the towns unique industry.

Musée International de la Parfumerie
2 Boulevard du Jeu de Ballon

Open daily 10:00-19:00 (May-Sept),
10:00-17:30 (Oct-Apr)

Adults €4, half price for students and groups over 10 people. Free for children.

Directions: From the Gare Routière, walk along Rue Admiral de Grasse or Route Napoleon until you reach the museum.

Re-opened in 2008 after an €11 million renovation, this museum built into the ramparts traces the 4,000-year history of perfume and its production. It is enjoyable even if you are not a perfume fanatic, and more substantial than any of the perfume house museums. As well as the expected bottles and cosmetics, you can also smell scents as you tour. The highlight is the gorgeous-smelling greenhouse and gardens. Here you are likely to smell and touch rare plants for the first time. Amongst the roses you will find more unusual plants and flowers including ylang ylang, clary sage, patchouli, vanilla orchid, bergamot, cinnamon tree, cardamom and tuberose.