Today your private driver guide will meet you at your hotel and you will be on your way to Grasse. Grasse has been a perfume town ever since the 16th century, and today as the world's perfume capital, its reputation speaks for itself.
Cradled by hills, with views out to the sea, Grasse is surrounded by fields of lavender, mimosa, jasmine, and roses. Grasse has been the center of the world’s perfume industry since the 16th century, when Catherine de Médici set the fashion for scented leather gloves. At that time, Grasse was also known as the center for leather tanning. The tanneries have gone, but the perfume houses founded in the 18th and 19th centuries remain. Fragonard and Molinard have museums here.
But you can also discover a little known but nevertheless fascinating historic town. As you leave Place des Aires, with its arcades and Louis XV fountain, walk along the beautiful streets that are so busy and cool in the summer, packed with typical boutiques and stalls. You will become deliciously disoriented in the narrow winding streets and stairways. Discover a square Saracen tower, remains of the 16th century ramparts; the mayor's office housed in what was formerly the bishop's palace; the medieval houses raised in the 17th and 18th centuries; superb private mansions (Hotel de Cabris, Hotel de Ponteves, Court de Fontmichel); and magnificent 18th century villas ... as well as the Belle Époque casino (now converted into a conference center). You'll also come across gurgling fountains and picturesque squares with welcoming café terraces, vaulted passageways, freshly painted red and yellow ochre house fronts. Don't miss the Cathedral de Notre-Dame du Puy built in the Provençal Romanesque style in the 11th century and frequently altered since. Inside is a beautiful altar piece attributed to Louis Brea, three canvasses by Rubens, and a painting by Fragonard, plus stained glass windows and statues by Baillet.
To have something to eat after all these visits, try some "Fassoum", a local specialty consisting of courgette flower doughnuts ... marvelous.
If you are interested we can also arrange a perfume workshop where you will be able to create your own perfume and will be able to order in the future.